Hungarian lawyer, Emil Neszmélyi, climbed the highest mountain peaks of all seven continents and finished the Seven Summits series after having reached the 6194 meter high Denali in Alaska, North America.
The Seven Summits are composed of each of the highest mountain peaks on all seven continents. Different lists include slight variations, but generally the same core peaks are listed. The Messner version includes Mount Everest in the Himalayas in Asia, Aconcagua in the Andes in South America, Denali in the Alaska Range in North America, Kilimanjaro in the Eastern Rift Mountains in Africa, Vinson in Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica, Elbrus in Caucasus Mountains in Europe, and Puncak Jaya in Mount Jayawijaya (Indonasia) for the larger Australian plate.
Neszmélyi has been working on the task to climb the highest mountains of each continent for a while now. In the beginning of the year, he successfully summited Vinson in Antarctica. Thus, he was only missing the challenging North American peak from the 7 Summits, which he previously tried to conquer twice before, but could not finish. Earlier, he told szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu that
I don’t care how many attempts I have to make. (…) It is not a coincidence that special US military units are training there.
He now reported on his Facebook page that he finally managed to climb the 6194-meter-high Denali in Alaska, and he will soon post a detailed report and video footage of the expedition.
He wrote in his Facebook post about the expedition:
Everything went according to plan; however, the expedition was extremely difficult. I didn’t need a mountain guide, but an experienced climbing partner accompanied me and helped me to succeed. I am pleased that I was able to take Ákos Koncz on this dangerous mission with me, who has helped me to fully realize my goal, especially after my two previous attempts. So, besides a successful 7 Summits expedition, this is also a shared Hungarian success, which is really important for me.
The first Hungarian to complete the Seven Summits and climb the highest peaks of all continents was Alexandra Németh. Emil Neszmélyi was following in her footsteps and climbed the peaks while suffering from asthma, reaching the highest peak of Everest via the northern, more difficult route. Earlier, before the expedition, he said the key to success “is endurance, muscle strength, and mental preparedness. The latter gives 80% of success. I have mastered the perfect mental techniques.”
featured photo: Emil Neszmélyi Facebook