The Ershler's Seven Summits
Susan Ershler started climbing mountains at age 36. Throughout the next decade, she climbed the Seven Summits, (highest mountain on each continent), culminating at the top of the world, Mt. Everest in 2002. Additionally, she participated on several other expeditions all while advancing in her corporate career.
1992 Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340') Tanzania, Africa (Machame Route)
Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain of Africa, the world's second-largest continent. Located in Tanzania near the equator.
1993 Mt. Elbrus (18,480') Russia
Mt. Elbrus is the highest mountain of Europe. Elbrus is located in Russia, near the border with Georgia in the Caucasus Mountains between the Black and Caspian Seas.
1995 Mt. McKinley (20,320') Alaska (West Buttress Route)
Mt. McKinley is the highest peak of the North American continent, located just south of the Arctic Circle in the Alaska Range. McKinley is one of the coldest mountains in the world and known for unpredictable weather.
1996 Cerro Aconcagua (22,841') Argentina (False Polish Route)
Cerro Aconcagua is the highest mountain of South America, the world's fourth-largest continent. Located in the Andes Range in Argentina, Aconcauga is the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere.
1998 Vinson Massif (16,067') Antarctica
Vinson Massif is the highest mountain of Antarctica, the world's coldest and fifth largest continent. Vinson is located in the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains.
1999 Mt. Kosciuszko (7,308') Australia
Mt. Kosciuszko is the highest mountain of Australia located in the Snowy Mountains.
2002 Mt. Everest (29,035') Nepal
Mt. Everest is the highest point on Earth located in Asia, the largest of the seven continents. Everest is located in the Himalaya Range on the border between Nepal and China (Tibet).