Andrew Salter is a mountaineer who holds the World Record for climbing the "Seven Summits" in the fastest time. He reduced the previous record of 588 days to 288 days (9.5 months).
The challenge started in May 2000 in Asia when he climbed Mt Everest, continued in June to Mt McKinley in Alaska; July to Kilimanjaro in Africa; September to Mt Elbrus in Russia; October to Carstenz Pyramid in Indonesia; November to Mt Vinson in Antarctica and finally Aconcagua in S. America in February 2001.
During the attempt he twice suffered a high altitude pulmonary oedema resulting in a return to Aconcagua 3 times to make the summit, claim the record and fulfil many a mountaineers' dream. Having been so close to death, returning to the same mountain 3 times became a personal challenge with real fear and demoralisation to overcome. On five of the seven mountains he led clients to the summit, which was rewarding and a challenge in itself. He prepared video diaries for BBC Regional News who provided the video equipment and received considerable coverage in the National Press and specialist magazines.
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