Welcome to the Seven Volcanoes project, which aims to raise awareness of esophageal cancer. My name is Sophie and on December 17, 2013 I set off on a bid to climb the highest volcano on each of the seven continents to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. I climbed one mountain a year for cancer research after my father succumbed to esophageal cancer in 2008. The Seven Volcanoes Project started in Antarctica, leaped across to Mexico, Papua New Guinea, the Andes, Tanzania, Iran and culminated in Russia.
Read about the adventure in my book, Climbing the Seven Volcanoes: A Search for Strength.
Climbing for a cure… and for personal reasons
June 12, 2014: Reached the summit of Mt Elbrus! The Seven Volcanoes Project is completed!!
Two days ago, along with my great friend Tina I reached the summit of Mt Elbrus, the highest volcano in Europe! This concludes a 5.5-month journey across seven continents to raise funds for research into and awareness of esophageal cancer. While I did not reach the true summit of Ojos del Salado in Chile, as far as I know, this is unofficially the fastest time to date to attempt all seven volcanoes.
There have been ups and downs, fun as well as stress along the way, but in the end the Cancer Research UK banner was flown from the highest volcano on each continent. A gigantic THANK YOU to the project sponsors, friends, family and supporters for all your encouragement these past five months – it made every breathless, exhausted step so much easier.. 🙂