Christina Flampouri did it! She is the first Greek woman to reach the top of the '7 summits'.
Against low temperatures and strong winds, she completed one of her biggest goals on January 6th and climbed Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica (4,892 metres), with the Greek flag.
After conquering the peak she couldn't contain her excitement. "Seven Summits was much more than a mountaineering project for me, it was a dream come true and this confirms my belief that nothing is impossible. Five years ago I was scared to step on the edge of a slope and today I have managed to reach the highest peaks in the 7 continents," she stated.
Flampouri is one of the 70 women in the world who have accomplished such an achievement, and the first of a Greek background.
The ‘7 Summits’ is the name given to the challenge of climbing the highest peak in each of the seven continents and is the ultimate lifetime achievement for those looking for adventure. To date, the challenged has been undertaken by approximately 400 people in total.
The young mountaineer began her trips in July 2016 by conquering Europe's highest peak, the Elbrus (5,642m) in Russia followed by Africa's highest peak- Kilimanjaro (5,895m) in Tanzania, North America's Denali (6,194m) in Alaska, the highest mountain of Oceania in Papua New Guinea- the Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 metres) and South America's Aconcagua (6,962m) in Argentina.
In May 2019, she became the first Greek woman to climb the highest peak in the world, Mt Everest (8,848m).
Christina Flampouri 's story inspires us daily to chase our own peaks, no matter how big or small.
*Image courtesy of Christina Flampouri's Instagram