Calgarian succeeds in climbing the seven highest peaks in the world

Calgarians Laval St. Germain has climbed the highest mountains of the seven continents, taking up the challenge of a lifetime. Just back from this latest expedition, the adventurer is already planning the next one for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

“I’ll never stop,” says Laval St. Germain.

Calgarian passionate about nature, high peaks and challenges climbed Mount Vison in Antarctica in December, making it the last of the seven highest peaks in the world.

The man in his fifties left in November and traveled 1,200 km skiing alone in Antarctica before embarking on the ascent of Mount Vison, at an altitude of about 4900 m.

The man who climbed Mount Everest without oxygen tanks, however, argues that the highest mountain in Antarctica was not his most difficult test.

Nevertheless, with the temperatures around -40 degrees Celcius he faced some challenges.

With the winds, it was really cold, and we had to set up camps. It can be a real challenge when it’s 40 or 45 degrees.

Laval St. Germain, adventurer

St. Germain says that in the past, eight climbers have suffered severe frostbite by climbing the highest peak in Antarctica this year.

Expeditions for the Alberta Cancer Foundation

Along with the challenges it faces, Laval St. Germain raises funds for the Alberta Cancer Foundation in honor of loved ones who have been affected by the disease.

He has already raised $ 86,000, but he hopes to reach $ 200,000.

I still have some way to go. I will continue to make expeditions and work with the Alberta Cancer Foundation to raise awareness.

Laval St. Germain, adventurer

Now that he has set foot on the highest summit of each continent, Mr. St. Germain is preparing to embark on a new challenge that he prefers to keep secret.

He still thinks of a destination where the temperatures are milder than in Antarctica.


The Seven Summits

  1. Asia: Mount Everest 29,035 feet (8850 meters)
  2. South America: Aconcagua 22,829 feet (6962 meters)
  3. North America: Denali AKA Mount McKinley 20,320 feet (6194 meters)
  4. Africa: Kilimanjaro 19,340 feet (5895 meters)
  5. Europe: Mount Elbrus 18,510 feet (5642 meters)
  6. Antarctica: Mount Vinson 16,067 feet (4897 meters)
  7. Australia: Mount Kosciusko 7,310 feet (2228 meters)OR
  8. Australasia/Oceania: Carstensz Pyramid 16,023 feet (4884 meters)

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