7 Volcanic Summits

Seven Volcanoes Project is a bid to raise funds for cancer research by climbing the highest volcano on each of the seven continents.


While completing the Seven Summits – climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents – has become a popular pursuit since Frank Wells and Dick Bass completed the feat in 1985, summiting the Volcanic Seven remains a less-frequented but challenging quest for mountain climbers. Not only are two of the Seven Summits (Mount Elbrus and Mount Kilimanjaro) also part of the Volcanic Seven, the latter also includes the extremely remote Mount Sidley in Antarctica.

The Seven Volcanic Summits:

Antarctica: Mount Sidley 4,285m (14,058ft)

N. America: Pico de Orizaba (Mexico) 5,636m (18,491ft)

S. America: Ojos del Salado (Chile) 6,893m (22,615ft)

Australasia: Mount Giluwe (Papua New Guinea) 4,368m (14,331ft)

Asia: Mount Damavand (Iran)* 5,610m (18,406ft)

Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) 5,895m (19,341ft)

Europe: Mount Elbrus (Russia) 5,642m (18,510ft)

*There is a lot of debate over whether Damavand is Asia’s highest volcano, or Ka-er-daxi (5,810 meters), which is in the Kunlun mountain range in China.

Honour roll of people who have completed the Seven Volcanic Summits (courtesy of James Stone (Clach Liath))