Australia’s Steve Plain is set to conquer every highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents in just four months. Plain has already conquered the first six peaks in Antarctica, Argentina, Tanzania, Papua, Elbrus in Europe and recently Denali. The venture, named Project7in4, will aim to set a new record whilst raising funds for charity.
Plain, who escaped paralysis after a beach accident in 2014 decided to launch Project7in4 to help raise awareness and boost donations to the charity organisations who helped him recover from his life-altering accident. Plain was dumped by a wave, and his head was driven straight into the hard sand beneath him. Unable to move, he thought he’d drown. Fortunately, he was rescued by two volunteer lifesavers. He was rushed to hospital and was initially told that he may never be able to regain full movement. Plain, worked hard to not only move his body normally again but to walk out of the hospital.
Image: Afternoon on the crater, Kilimanjaro
“Lying in a hospital bed with an uncertain prognosis after my accident was frustrating and frightening. I had never felt so weak or hopeless,” said Plain. “I made the decision not to accept the doctor’s diagnosis and managed to overcome significant spinal injury to walk again but others are not as lucky.”
“My goal is to raise awareness and funds for the organisations providing vital assistance to these people. SpinalCure Australia is funding some world-first neuroscience research using neurostimulation to give life-changing benefits to people currently living with spinal cord injuries. Through Project 7in4, I hope to drive enough donations so they can continue their work,” Plain said.
Plain estimated that he will conquer all the peaks by April this year. Project7in4 is pushing Plain to his limits, physically and mentally as he moves to break the world record. His first summit was the 4897m Vinson Massif in Antarctica and he will end on the top of Everest.
Image: Pre Summit Dinner on Aconcagua
The project will be aiming to complete climbs in Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Carstensz Pyramid in Australasia, Elbrus in Europe and Denali in North America ahead of the current record, 126 days.
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Lead Image: Steve Plain on top of the Vinson Summit