“The moment we get out of our comfort zone,
we start experiencing new environments.
It’s when the adventure begins.”
Seven Summits in One Year by Ktiri
Hello everyone! My name is Mariam Ktiri/ مريم الكثيري and I have climbed the Seven Summits in just one year! Through my webpage I would like to share with you my amazing experience and the challenges that I overcame along my journey. A journey which started in Casablanca, Morocco, took me to the highest peak of each continent, and finally raised me to the top of the world; Mount Everest. It is when I ventured out of my comfort zone that I embarked on this amazing adventure to climb the Seven Summits. The Seven Summits refers to the highest peak of each continent. During one year I travelled the globe, discovering and experiencing many things during this once-in-a-lifetime journey. I visited many countries, met new friends and learned about various cultures along the way.
The Seven Summits challenge requires physical and mental strength as well as strong determination. Due to the high altitude of the mountains they are subject to extremely harsh weather conditions, such as temperatures as low as -40 degrees celsius. During my climb to the summit I often experienced winds of up to 56 km/h. In these conditions I learned to tackle challenges by myself and to remain focused on my goal. This gave me the power to face and to conquer those extreme conditions. The greatest lesson I learned is that we can figure out a lot about our capabilities when we push ourselves to the limit. With positive thinking everything is possible!
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Seven Summits Timeline
The following shows the order in which I climbed all Seven Summit peaks and the timeline of my project. Due to the different locations of the Seven Summits I had to carefully select the appropriate time to climb each mountain. Vinson and Aconcagua, for example, share the same season and can be climbed between November and early February. In comparison, Everest can only be climbed in the month of May. As you can probably imagine, completing the Seven Summits in one year is also about the logistics and planning!
Denali 6.144 m.
Denali previously called Mount McKinley is the highest peak in North America. I climbed Denali via the West Buttress route, the safest and therefore the most popular route currently in use.
Mount Elbrus 5.642 m.
Elbrus is a dormant volcano in the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia. It is the highest mountain of the European continent. Its as a West summit is 5.642 m. high, the East one is 21 m shorter – 5.621 m.
Kilimanjaro 5.895 m.
Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Mount Vinson 4.892 m.
Vinson is the highest peak in Antarctica. It is more than 1.200 Km from the South Pole, making it the most remote of the Seven Summits. It was also the last discovered, last climbed and last named of the Seven Summits.
Aconcagua 6.961 m.
Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of Asia, being the tallest in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres. It is located in the Andes mountain range situated in Argentina.
Carstensz Pyramid 4.884 m.
Carstensz pyramid also called Puncak Jaya is the highest mountain peak in Oceania. It was not climbed until 1962.
Everest 8.848 m.
Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha, in Tibetan as Chomolungma and in Chinese as Zhumulangma, is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level. It is located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.
Seven Summits Challenge
For the Seven Summits challenge I was largely inspired by fellow climbers who summited peaks such as Kilimanjaro. It typically takes several years to complete the challenge but I decided to push myself to the limit. I undertook intense physical training, as well as mental preparation, and during this process I discovered new potential within myself. It was tough, very tough. My decision to embark on this challenge was not one that I made overnight. There were several factors to consider including physical condition, preparation and time. Not to mention all the risks related to this level of mountaineering, such as high altitude, risk of injury, accidents, etc., and, of course, the financial aspect. So, it took many years to fulfil all prerequisites before starting this journey in May 2018. I headed to Alaska to begin my first challenge which was to climb Denali. Exactly one year later, in May 2019, I returned home from my last expedition, the Everest, which marked the completion of this incredible project. It was a very tough journey physically but more so mentally. I had to keep myself in peak condition for the entire year, which was a challenge in itself. The breaks between the summits were short. I had to train my body and my mind to recover and rest in such a short period of time so that I was able to go from one expedition to the other without requiring a real break. I tackled, for example, Aconcagua immediately after Vinson.
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The Seven Summiter Mariam
Hi there! My name is Mariam ktiri /´ma:raɪm-/ /´kti:ri/ (in Arabic: مريم الكثيري). I am Moroccan, and by nationality, I’m also German. I spent my childhood and my adolescence in Morocco. Coming from a middle-class family is one of the greatest things that happened to me. I learned not to take things for granted and to rely on hard work to achieve my goals. My parents invested in our education and thought us to be ambitious. I grew up bilingual for my father used to talk to us in French and my mother in Arabic. Later, I learned English and German. I left Morocco to study in Germany. Being confronted with a totally different culture and been away from my family taught me a lot of lessons in life. I learned to trust myself and become independent. I became responsible for all my duties not only as a daughter, but as a student and a citizen as well. After completion of my studies, I entered the corporate world. I became a Consultant and settled in Munich, a city in the South of Germany. In my free time, I started going to the mountains. I climbed hundreds of mountains in the Western Alps. Later, I decided to take up the challenge of climbing the Seven Summits. I successfully completed this challenge between Mai 2018 and Mai 2019. I also climbed Lhotse 8,516 meters, the fourth highest mountain in the world in one Push with Everest. I became the only woman in the world who has climbed the Seven Summits and two 8000 meters peaks in the same year! This changed my passion in life and started to love the company of nature. Currently, I am starting my passion in mountain guiding, teaching and sharing my experiences to other people who want to do the same things.