“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 accomplished along my journey. A journey, which started in Casablanca, Morocco – crossed miles to reach the top of every continent and raised to the top of the world “Mount Everest”. It’s when I got out of my comfort zone,that I got into this amazing adventure. I took up the challenge of climbing the Seven Summits. Those are the highest peaks in every continent. It made me travel around the globe. I discovered and experienced a lot of things during this great journey. I visited many countries, met new friends and learned various cultures in only one year.
The Seven Summits are mountains that require physical and mental strength as well as a huge amount of determination. Due to their high altitude, they are subject to extremely harsh weather conditions like temperatures up to -40 degrees Celsius. I experienced winds in the summit days until 56 km/h. In those conditions, I learned to surpass challenges by myself. I kept focusing on my target. This gave me motivation and power to finish those extremely difficult conditions. The biggest lesson I learned is that we can figure out a lot of our capabilities through pushing ourselves into our limits. Think positive and everything will be possible!
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Seven Summits Timeline
The following shows the order, in which I climbed all Seven Summits peaks and the timeline of my project. Due to the different locations of the Seven Summits, I have to select meticulously the time, when to climb which mountain. Vinson and Aconcagua for instance share the same season. Both can be climbed from November to early February. On the other hand Everest can be climbed only in May. As you have recognised the Seven Summits in one year is also about the logistics and the 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 7 summits in general I was inspired by fellow climbers who summited peaks like Kilimanjaro. Normally, it takes several years to finish the challenge, but I decided to push it to the limit. I trained physically, strengthen my mental health, and because of these training, I discovered new capacities in myself. It was tough, very tough. Still, I have to say, that this was not a decision to be made overnight because of many factors including physical condition, preparation and time. Not to mention all the risks related to this challenge like high altitude, risk of injuries, accidents, etc., and of course, the financial aspect. So, it took many years to get all prerequisites before starting this journey in May 2018. It’s when I headed to Alaska to start my first challenge “Denali”. End of May 2019, I came back from the last expedition, the Everest, after having finished successfully this incredible project.It was a very tough journey, physically but more mentally. I had to function a whole year long. The breaks between the summits were short. I trained my body and my mind to recover and rest in such a short period of time, that I was able to go from an expedition the other without a break. I tackled for instance 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.