My Portfolio of Mountains

What is life without risk?

Mountain Altitude Summit Date Comments
Olympus Mons, Mars 21,287 m (69,841 ft) TBD 🙂 Tallest planetary mountain in the Solar System,
about 2.5 times Mt Everest’s height above sea level
Mount Kenya, Kenya 5,199 m (17,057 ft) February 2023 Second highest mountain in Africa
Dykh-Tau, Russian Federation 5,205 m (17,077 ft) August 2022 Second highest mountain in Europe
Annapurna I, Nepal 8,091 m (26,550 ft) April 2022 The deadliest mountain on the planet, until recently. 1st Russian woman to summit. Unguided
Mt K2, Pakistan 8,611 m (28,251 ft) July 2021 Second highest mountain on the planet. 1st Russian/3rd American woman to summit. Guided by Alpomania
Chimborazo, Ecuador 6,268 m (20, 564 ft) February 2021 The highest mountain on the planet if counted from the center of the Earth. Guided by Alpomania
Cotopaxi, Ecuador 5,897 m (19, 347 ft) February 2021 The highest active volcano on the planet. Guided by Alpomania
Ruco Pichincha, Ecuador 4,696 m (15, 407 ft) January 2021
Wheeler Peak, NM, USA 4,013 m (13, 167 ft) October 2020 The highest mountain in New Mexico
Humphreys Peak, AZ, USA 3,851 m (12,633 ft) October 2020 The highest mountain in Arizona
King’s Peak, UT, USA 4,123 m (13,528 ft) September 2020 The highest mountain in Utah
Boundary Peak, NV, USA 4,007 m (13,147 ft) April 2020 The highest mountain in Nevada
Ojos del Salado, Chile 6,893 m (22,615 ft) January 2020 The highest active volcano in the world.
Overnight on the summit
Ama Dablam, Nepal 6,812 m (22,349 ft) October 2019 “Matterhorn of the Himalayas”.
Guided by Alpomania
Island Peak/Imja Tse, Nepal 6,189 m (20,305 ft) October 2019 “An island in the sea of ice,” – Tenzing Norgay.
Guided by Alpomania
Nangkartshang Peak, Nepal 5,083 m (16,676 ft) October 2019
Mt Rainier, WA, USA 4,392 m (14,411 ft) July 2019 The highest mountain in Washington State,
the most glaciated peak in the contiguous USA
Mt Everest, China/Nepal 8,848 m (29,029 ft) May 2019 3 climbing days alone on the mountain/summit with just 2 sherpas.
With the broken rib. No crowds. Extremely rare (and planned) occasion.
Unguided from Tibet
Pico de Orizaba, Mexico 5,636 m (18,491 ft) March 2018 The highest volcano in No America
Mount Kosciuszko, Australia 2,228 m (7.310 ft) December 2017 The highest mountain in Australia
Mt Denali, AK, USA 6,190 m (20,310 ft) June 2016 The highest mountain in No America.
Guided by Alpine Accents
Mt Elbrus, Russian Federation 5,642 m (18,510 ft) July 2015 The highest mountain in Europe
Mt Aconcagua, Argentina 6,960 m (22,837 ft) January 2015 The highest mountain in So America
Cerro Bonete, Argentina 5,074 m (16,647 ft) January 2015
Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 5,895 m (19,341 ft) January 2014 The highest mountain in Africa
Mt Whitney and
all 12 California 14ners
4,421 m (14,505 ft) 2010-2019 Mt Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous US

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All of life is the management of risk, not its elimination, – Walter Wriston, Chairman and CEO of Citicorp

“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask ‘What if I fall?’
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”
– Erin Hanson, poet

If a driver has the courage to create his own conditions, then the rain is simply rain, – “The art of racing”

Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was, – Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish economist

Risk management is a more realistic term than safety. It implies that hazards are ever-present, that they must be identified, analyzed, evaluated and controlled or rationally accepted, – Jerome F. Lederer, aviation safety pioneer


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Images Source: Wikipedia, Olga Koroleva