5 Feats Achieved On All Seven Continents
When sports competitors or potential record breakers embark on the challenge to complete an activity on all seven continents, it is undoubtedly Antarctica that proves the trickiest to conquer. Not only is it the hardest to reach, the conditions and limitations once you arrive mean that any task is already ten times more difficult.
Last year we told you about Metallica becoming the first band to play a gig on all seven continents, but what else have people managed to achieve on each of these different land masses?
Run A Marathon
Far from being a one-off achievement, running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days is something that takes place every year. It is known as the World Marathon Challenge and involves competitors fighting against weather conditions, jet lag and physical tiredness to complete what is a mammoth task. The hardest 26.2 miles are finished first, with the event starting at Union Glacier in Antarctica and then heading on to Chile, Miami, Madrid, Morocco, Dubai and Sydney. If you think you have what it takes, anyone can sign up. You just need to find the £35,000 charged to cover flights, accommodation and polar clothing.
In 2015, David Beckham played seven games of football on all seven different continents. As a UNICEF ambassador, the England legend aimed to bring attention to events such as the earthquake in Nepal whilst also spreading a degree of happiness through the beautiful game. Starting his journey in Papua New Guinea and finishing on the pitch where he played so many minutes during his Man Utd career, the Antarctic leg was put into jeopardy by bad weather. Nevertheless, Beckham managed to fly to the icy continent and complete his feat which was filmed for a documentary called ‘For The Love Of The Game’.
Climb A Mountain
Much like running a marathon, climbing one mountain is difficult, let alone one on each continent. And we’re not just talking any old mountains here; there is an elite group of climbers who can say that they have conquered the highest peak in Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, North America, South America and Antarctica. First completed by Richard Bass in 1985, the Seven Summits are as follows: (in order of the continents listed above) Everest, Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, Mount Kosciuszko or Puncak Jaya (depending on whose list you go by), Denali, Aconcagua and Mount Vinson.
One of the more quirky things to be completed on all seven continents, tattooing someone in every region was the dream of tattoo legend Lyle Tuttle. With the help of tattoo historian Anna Felicity Friedman, he completed his goal in 2014 at the tender age of 82 to become the first person to do so.
Play The Bagpipes
Playing the bagpipes on all seven continents may not be as impressive as running seven marathons or climbing the world’s highest peaks, but for Irene Robinson, it was something she wanted to pursue. As well as playing on Antarctica, Irene serenaded crowds at the top of the Christ the Redeemer statue, at the busiest road crossing in the world in Japan and on Bondi Beach, raising more than £5,000 for the Royal Navy in the process. Sadly, though, her achievement was not recognised by Guinness as being a world record as it was considered too specialised.
Are you looking to step foot on each of the seven continents? We can help you plan your Antarctic leg and give you the holiday of a lifetime in the process. Contact us today for more information about the fantastic polar cruises we have available