Second Estonian scales peaks on all 7 continents ({{commentsTotal}})

Late last week, Andras Kaasik summited Mount Vinson on Antarctica, making him the second Estonian to join the Seven Summits "club."

The international group of climbers he was in also included his daughter, Triin. The summit was reached early Thursday morning.

In 2007, Estonia's best-known active climber, Alar Sikk, was the first to to reach the top of all of the summits, on a climb that saw the first Estonians reach the top of Vinson.

Sikk and Kaasik have both done the seven summits the so-called "hard way": instead of a walk up Australia's highest mountain, Kosciuszko, they climbed Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia together in 2007. That nearly 5,000-meter mountain, the highest in Oceania, presents a number of logistical and technical challenges.


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