The Seven Summits Quest
Climbing the Highest Mountains on each Continent
Byron completed his Seven Summits Quest on January 7, 2008, becoming one of only a
handful of climbers in the world, and the only Automotive Dealer in the world,
to have climbed Mount Everest and complete the Seven Summits
Byron's Seven Summit completion dates: Mount Everest- Asia May 21 2000, Aconcagua- S America Jan 11 1997, Kilimanjaro- Africa March 17 2004, Carstensz Pyramid- Australasia Oct 25 2003, Elbrus- Europe Sept 2005, McKinley- N America May 23 2006, Mount Vinson- Antarctica January 7, 2008.
The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each continent. They were first conceived and climbed by Dick Bass from the United States who completed them in 1985.
"My desire to climb the Seven Summits only occurred to me after I summited
Mount Everest on May 21, 2000. At this point I now had two of the seven completed and
thought that this would be a great way to continue exploring different parts of
the world, via the mountains, that I may not have visited otherwise. As a young
child my father would say to me that a life balanced with physical and mental
challenges is a life well lived. And off I went".
Peter Hillary, son of Sir Edmund Hillary, congratulated Byron, saying "The Seven Summits takes you to the highest peak on each continent and requires skill, determination and, even, a little luck - it's a fine mountaineering achievement. The worst thing about Byron completing his 'Seven' is that he has beat me to it. I still have one mountain to go!"
Zeke O'Connor, Executive Director and Founder of The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, said "congratulations Byron on the completion of the ever challenging task and the last jewel of 'the Seven Summits'. [This has been]Your dream for some time and the dream of all serious summiteers. You and your family should be very proud of this exceptional feat. As a Directors on The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, your support of the foundation has been outstanding to 'Help the Sherpas improve the living condition of their lives mainly in the areas of education, heath care, and conservation'."
Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian to summit Mount Everest, noted that "Byron Smith has accomplished what few people will ever realize. The commitment, focus and determination it takes to execute a project such as this is a true reflection of an individual's character. It is with great pride I offer my congratulations to Byron."
Byron managed this incredible
mountaineering accomplishment while running his award-winning Ford Dealership,
being a Director on various company boards, and continuing to maintain
a busy public speaking career.
With his intense drive, focus, and determination, Byron has helped thousands of individuals to believe in themselves and make it to the top - physically, professionally, and personally.Whether managing his businesses or motivating corporations, Byron has always set high standards for himself,
We will be updating this page to include photos and information on Byron's Seven Summit Expeditions.
In the meantime you can see all of this at www.byronsmith.com