On May 7, 1986, Patrick Morrow reached the peak of Puncak Jaya, Indonesia, the tallest mountain in Australia and Oceania. With this achievement, the Canadian mountaineer became the first person to successfully climb the highest mountains on each of the continents—the “Seven Summits.”
 
The Seven Summits are: Mount Everest, Nepal and China (Asia); Aconcagua, Argentina (South America); Denali, United States (North America); Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (Africa); Mount Elbrus, Russia (Europe); Vinson Massif, Antarctica; and Puncak Jaya, Indonesia (Australia and Oceania). Some mountaineers consider Mount Kosciuszko, Australia, the highest point in Australia and Oceania because it is located on the Australian mainland. Morrow was actually the first person to climb all eight peaks.
 
Climbing the Seven Summits—or, really, the “Eight Summits,” if Kosciuszko is included—is a major mountaineering achievement. Fewer than 120 people have completed the challenge. 
achievement
Noun

accomplishment or successful completion of a task.

Noun

one of the seven main land masses on Earth.

mainland
Noun

continent's landmass.

mountain
Noun

landmass that forms as tectonic plates interact with each other.

mountaineer
Noun

someone who climbs mountains.

peak
Noun

the very top.

summit
Noun

highest point of a mountain.

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