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Seven Summits

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Do you like challenges? Do you like extreme sports? How about mountain climbing? Maybe the Seven Summits Challenge is for you.

The Seven Summits refer to the seven highest mountains on each continent. Climbing all seven is the challenge. The seven mountains are Everest in Asia, Aconcaqua in South America, McKinley in North America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe, Vinson in Antarctica, and Kosciuszko in Australia. The heights range from 7,310 feet (2,228 meters) for Mt. Kosciuszko to 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) for Mt. Everest.

Richard Bass first climbed the seven peaks in 1985. Since then, less than 300 people have succeeded. Some made records too, such as Junko Tabei or Kit Deslauriers. Tabei was the first woman to climb the seven summits. Deslauriers skied down all seven mountains.

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Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. What outdoor sports do you like? Why do you like these sports?

Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.

  1. What is the Seven Summits Challenge?
  2. Who did the challenge first?
  3. Who were some other climbers? Why were they famous?

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. Do you want to try the Seven Summits Challenge? Why/not?
  2. Do you want to try anything dangerous or unusual? Why/not?
  3. Why do some people like danger?

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