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Seven Summits

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noun - The Seven Summits is the climbing of the highest mountains in each of the seven continents. 348 people completed the Seven Summits to date. It was the inspiration behind the Oceans Seven.

Mountains of the Seven Summits[edit]

1. Kilimanjaro (5,892m / 19,340 ft) in Africa
2. Vinson Massif (4,892 m / 16,050 ft) in Antarctica
3. Either Kosciuszko (2,228m / 7,310 ft) or Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m / 16,024 ft) in Australia
4. Everest (8,848m / 29,035 ft) in Asia
5. Elbrus (5,642m / 18,510 ft) in Europe
6. Mount McKinley (6,194m / 20,320 ft) in North America
7. Aconcagua (6,962m / 22,841 ft) in South America

Oceans Seven[edit]

The Seven Summits was the impetus to create its open water swimming equivalent which is known as the Oceans Seven, conceived by Steven Munatones. Completion of the Oceans Seven requires a solo crossing of the English Channel (between England and France), the North Channel (between Scotland and Ireland, the Catalina Channel (between Catalina Island and Southern California, USA), the Molokai Channel (between Oahu and Molokai Islands in Hawaii, USA), the Tsugaru Channel (between Honshu and Hokkaido islands in Japan), the Cook Strait (between North and South islands in New Zealand) and the Strait of Gibraltar (between Spain and Morocco).

Ice Sevens[edit]

The Seven Summits was the impetus to create its ice swimming equivalent which is known as the Ice Sevens, conceived by Ger Kennedy and Steven Munatones. Completion of the Ice Sevens requires a swimmer to complete an ice mile under standard ice swimming rules (i.e., no wetsuit and no neoprene hat) in the following locations. The swims must be ratified or recognized by the International Ice Swimming Association.

o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in Europe
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in Oceania
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in Asia
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in North America
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in Africa
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in South America
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any Polar location at 60º south or below or 70º north or above
o One of the seven Ice Miles must be a documented Zero Ice Mile (defined as a solo mile swim performed at below 1ºC)

Oceans Grand Slam[edit]

The Oceans Grand Slam is a open water swimming solo challenge to complete the Oceans Seven in addition to completing a 1 km swim anywhere within the Arctic Circle and the Antarctic Circle in the Southern Ocean. The Oceans Grand Slam is open water swimming's equivalent of the Explorers Grand Slam or Adventurers Grand Slam (an adventurer's solo challenge to reach the North Pole, the South Pole and complete all of the Seven Summits).

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