Wonderman: Australian climber Steve Plain scales Everest in record time

  • Wonderman: Australian climber Steve Plain scales Everest in record time

Wonderman: Australian climber Steve Plain scales Everest in record time

Australian Steve Plain became the fastest climber to scale the highest peaks in seven continents, taking 117 days for a feat popularly called the "Seven Summits", after he scaled Mount Everest early on Monday, his expedition company in Nepal said.

"He has set the record of climbing Seven Summits in the shortest time of 117 days", said Ishwari Paudel, an official of the Himalayan Guides hiking company that handled logistics for the climber.

On Monday morning Steve reached the summit along with Jon Gupta and Pemba Sherpa.

Three years ago, Plain had broken his neck while body surfing in Western Australia.

He and two team-mates left the last camp to make their final ascent for the Everest summit on Sunday. According to the report, Plain's Global Positioning System tracker also showed he has been at top of the 8,848 metre (29,030 foot) mountain. Steve and Jon are the first foreigners to the top of the world this season, according to his website project7in4.com. Polish mountaineer Janusz Kochanski held the previous record of 126 days to complete the feat.

He was one of the first to summit Everest after the rope fixers had fixed the ropes yesterday afternoon. "Words simply can't begin to describe what I can see & how I am feeling - it's very emotional!"

However, there is a controversy on which mountains should be among the list of the highest continental summits. Technically speaking, the Carstensz Pyramid is in Indonesia, and not the Australian continent. And Plain climbed both.

As well as the 4,892-metre Vinson, the other summits are Aconcagua (6,962m) in Argentina, Tanzania's Kilimanjaro (5,895m), Elbrus (5,642m) in Russian Federation and Denali (6,190m) in the United States.