Dick bass, the exuberant, energetic businessman who came up with the idea of climbing the tallest peak on each of earths seven continents and then was the first to do so, died last night at age 85. Below you will find books we have selected, either because we read them and think you should too, or because other people recommended them. The seven summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents climbing to the summit of all of them is regarded as a mountaineering challenge first achieved on 30 april 1985 by richard bass the seven summits achievement has become noted as an exploration and mountaineering accomplishment. He then coauthored the book seven summits, which covered the undertaking.
Seven summits has 4 available editions to buy at half price books marketplace. Seven summits expeditions climb the highest peaks on the seven continents. Usually, the seven summits are listed as kilimanjaro, denali, elbrus, aconcagua, puncak jaya, vinson massif, and mount everest. After nailing the seven summits, he and wells penned a book on their effort, called. Oil baron dick bass, the first man to summit the highest peak on. Two 50yearold american executives conceived the idea of climbing seven summits, the highest mountain on each continent. Whereas there were only a handful of guiding services. Seven summits book by dick bass 4 available editions. Richard daniel dick bass december 21, 1929 july 26, 2015 was an american businessman, rancher and mountaineer.
Wells, frank, bass, dick, mountaineering, mountaineers publisher new york, ny. First aconcagua, then mckinley, kilimanjaro, elbrus, kosciusko. However, due to debates around certain continental land borders there are actually slightly different versions of the seven summits. Americas richard bass was the first climber to achieve the feat on april 30, 1985. The list of mountains that bass summited became known as the bass list, one of two commonly accepted lists. This book tells the story about frank wells and dick bass attempting to become the first men to climb the highest summit in each of the seven continents. In middle age, both men left behind home, family, and successful careers to share an impossible dream. The bass list comprises everest, aconcagua, denali, kilimanjaro, elbrus, kosciuszko and vinson. He was included in national geographic adventures hall of fame in 20082009. Later in 1985, american mountaineer gerry roach became the second person to climb the seven summits. The third seven summits list follows the seven summits list created by richard bass, who chose the highest mountain of mainland australia, mount kosciuszko 2,228 m 7,310 ft, to represent the australian continents highest summit. Seven summits by dick bass, bass, rick ridgeway, frank.
The name originated from the climbing world to mark one of the most coveted mountaineering achievements. Many years ago i read the dick bass book, the seven summits. The term was first used by richard bass, who was the first to complete the seven summits, summiting mount everest on 30 april, 1985. Bass later cowrote the book seven summits chronicling the achievement. Amazingly, the seven summits were reached by bass in 19841985 and the worst excesses of this trend started by bass and wells ended up in disaster in 1996, when 12 people lost their lives in a blizzard on mt. Richard bass, first person to climb highest peak on each. The highest peaks on each of the seven continents collectively nicknamed the seven summits began to gain attention as a climbing objective in the late 1980s after the publication of the book of the same name by dick bass and frank wells. He later would coauthor the popular book seven summits, which greatly increased the interest in the endeavor and opened a path for the commercial guiding industry to climb the seven summits. Bass, ski resort developer who climbed tallest peaks. Climbing to the summit of all of them is regarded as a mountaineering challenge, first achieved on 30 april 1985 by richard bass.
The seven summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. He, along with his friend frank wells, came up with the idea of climbing the highest peak on each of the seven continents back in the early 80s, and both men set out achieve that feat. The seven summits are the highest mountains on each of the worlds seven continents. The seven summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. His writings and photographs have appeared in many publications. Completing the seven summits and additionally reaching the north and south. They hired guides, acquired a circle of mountaineering friends, and set out. There is only one thing that comes close to adventure. A book about the texas ranchers climbs and its attendant publicity were. Richard bass, a poetryspouting texas oilman who was the first climber to scale the highest peak on each of the seven continents and for a time was the oldest to top mount everest, died july 26 at. This book is a very good glimpse into the genesis of the adventure tourist industry. Buy a cheap copy of seven summits book by rick ridgeway.
One magazine profile on him was titled largemouth bass. This list was compiled by reinhold messner, who refined an earlier list made by richard bass, who also wrote the book seven summits. He was the owner of snowbird ski resort in utah and the first man to climb the seven summits, the tallest mountain on each continent. Climbing all seven summits has become a mountaineering goal to be accomplished. Amazingly, the seven summits were reached by bass in 19841985 and the worst excesses of this trend started by bass and wells ended up in disaster in 1996, when 12 people lost their lives in. The first seven summits list as postulated by bass the bass or kosciusko list chose the highest mountain of mainland australia, mount kosciuszko 2,228 m or 7,310 ft, to represent the australian continents highest summit. The seven summits according to richard bass base camp. For most, achieving the seven summits means climbing each of these peaks, something first done in 1985 by richard bass. The seven summits is the nickname for the mountains that are the highest on each of the seven continents.
An article in snow country magazine in 1989 reported that the seven summit project cost mr. The first person to climb all seven mountains was richard bass in 1985. Wells had to choose between the summit try and his family. The feat was chronicled in the book seven summits, written by bass and climbing partner.
Ali becomes first pakistani man to scale 7 summits. In 1986, the canadian mountaineer patrick morrow became the first man to climb the seven summits in the carstensz version messner list. Together they set out to accomplish what no one else ever had. Richard dick bass was a texas oil baron and rancher who traded. Seven summits by bass, dick and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. In 1986 the canadian pat morrow became the first person to complete the carstensz pyramid version of the seven summits. Patrick morrow, pavel bem, rebecca stephens climber, richard bass, richard parks, rob hall, ronald naar, samantha larson, sandy hill mountaineer, stipe bo i, vladas vitkauskas, wang yongfeng, yasuko namba. Everest as his last and final conquest of the seven summits bass list.
Dick bass, adventurer who was first to scale seven summits. In 1986, bass and wells published their account of the climbs in the book called seven summits, and mountaineering adventure travel took off. The richard bass seven summits list is a list of the seven tallest mountains in each of the seven continents. The north face honors the seven summits man of many.
Rick ridgeway is an emmy awardwinning filmmaker, author, photographer, and environmentalist based in ojai, california. Uploaded by christine wagner on september 23, 2009. Richard bass, the first man to climb the seven summits, has passed away at the age of 85. Seven summits available for download and read online in other formats. Climbing all of them is regarded as one of the most notable challenges in mountaineering. For kit, however, the seven summits challenge involved not only climbing each of the peaks, but also skiing down them. Dick bass, a poetryspouting texas oilman who was the first climber to scale the highest peak on each of the seven continents and for a time was the oldest to top mt. All the details of the 7 summiteers the seven summits. In the early 1980s, richard bass, an oil and gas magnate from tulsa, oklahoma, set for himself a mountaineering challenge. Dick bass had made his fortune as an energy and resort entrepreneur. The other, called the messner list, lists carstensz pyramid as the highest summit of oceania, instead of kosciuszko. Bass was the first person to complete the seven summits in 1985, and for a time was the oldest person to summit everest.596 833 1291 1246 1519 107 1346 122 1429 21 1561 1625 1206 694 258 668 949 152 985 694 1592 169 1047 1104 776 352 1094 38 1411