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Tacoma man finishes 7 summits goal by topping Everest

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on May 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm with No Comments »
May 30, 2008 4:01 pm


Just got an e-mail from Hyde. He’s still in Kathmandu. He said he started his Seven Summits journey in 1998 with Kilimanjaro. He climbed the Carsztenz Pyramid in 2006 and plans to climb Australia’s highest point, Kosciuszko, with his kids in the coming years.

University Place’s Charlie Hyde, 55, has reached the top of the world and one of mountaineering’s most sought after landmarks, an Alpine Ascents International spokesman said.

Hyde reached the summit of 29,035-foot Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, on May 24 with AAI guides, said Gordon Janow of the Seattle-based company.

According to the AAI website, Hyde has now climbed the highest peak on each continent.

Hyde is off the Mountain, Janow said, and will soon fly back to Tacoma.

We’ll post more when we are able to speak with Janow.

The Seven Summits are:

Continent Peak Height in

Asia Everest 29,035
South America Aconcagua 22,841
North America McKinely 20,320
Africa Kilimanjaro 19,310
Europe Elbrus  18,510
Antartica Vinson Massif 16,050
Australia or Oceania* Kosciuszko or Carstensz Pyramid 7,310 or 16,024

* There are two version of the Seven Summits depending on how you

define the seven continents. Kosciuzko is the heights peak in

Australia, but Carstensz Pyramid on New Guinea is the highest peak in



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