A Human Just Completed the Seven Summits — and the Seven Seas

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By The Editors
April 18, 2016 9:00 am

Every journey — even one spanning seven continents and 35,000 nautical miles — begins with a single step.

Martin Frey took his in 2005 on Mount Kilimanjaro, where he began a bid to become the first person to scale the Seven Summits and sail the Seven Seas.

Yesterday, the 56-year-old took the final step of his journey, this time in Seattle, where he finished a monthlong yacht race across the Pacific that traversed more than 6,000 nautical miles.

After reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro and sailing the North Pacific, Frey conquered the other six summits (Denali, Aconcagua, Everest, Elbrus, the Carstensz Pyramid and Vinson) and the other six seas (the North Atlantic, South Pacific, Indian Ocean, South Atlantic, Southern Ocean and Arctic Ocean) during his 11-year quest.

Just for good measure, the former Silicon Valley exec also climbed Mount Kosciuszko in Australia in 2013 since some consider it — rather than Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid — the seventh summit.

“Climbing the highest peaks and sailing the world’s most imposing bodies of water has brought me full circle, literally and figuratively,” Frey says. “It’s been a humbling experience at times, but I’ve realized that I can battle extreme conditions and persevere to the end.”

Now that he’s done, Frey plans to take on his biggest challenge to date: public speaking.

You can book him here.

Image via Martin Frey’s Facebook

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