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.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry achievement Noun
accomplishment or successful completion of a task.
one of the seven main land masses on Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: continent mainland Noun
landmass that forms as tectonic plates interact with each other.
someone who climbs mountains.
the very top.
highest point of a mountain.