Adventurer climbs the highest summit on every continent and sails the Seven Seas
Martin Frey has spent much of the past eleven years on an amazing adventure, recently becoming the first person to climb the Seven Summits – the highest peak on each continent – and sail the Seven Seas.
The 56-year-old American recently completed the last stretch of his goal by sailing the sixth leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, covering more than 6,000 nautical miles from China to Seattle. The race took one month, and Martin sailed along with the Visit Seattle team. They team made it through storms and even made the journey with a major break in their bowsprit. “The North Pacific presented us with a truly hostile environment, and without a great support team of my family, friends and the entire Visit Seattle crew, I couldn’t have done it,” Martin said in a news release.
Martin began working towards his record in 2005 after summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. He reached all seven summits by 2012 when he climbed Mount Vinson in Antarctica. In between the first and last summit, he climbed Denali in North America, Mount Aconcagua in South America, Mount Everest in Asia, Mount Elbrus in Europe and both Carstensz Pyramid and Mount Kosciuszko in Oceania.
Martin then began to sail, beginning with the North Atlantic, where he sailed from Gibraltar to Saint Martin. In the South Pacific he sailed from Saint Martin to Brisbane, Australia. To cover the India Ocean he journeyed from the Torres Strait to Cape Town, South Africa, while in the South Atlantic he left from Cape Town and went to Fortaleza, Brazil. In the Southern Ocean, he sailed from Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic Mainland to the Argentine Islands. In the Arctic Ocean, he sailed from Dutch Harbor, Alaska to Nuuk, Greenland through the Northwest Passage.
In the meantime he has also taken part in sailing expeditions across the Southern and Arctic Oceans and circumnavigated the world on a catamaran. While on his journey to set the record, Martin has covered more than 35,000 nautical miles and more than 14.5 vertical miles.
“Climbing the highest peaks and sailing the world’s most imposing bodies of water has brought me full circle, literally and figuratively. It’s been a humbling experience at times, but I’ve realized that I can battle extreme conditions and persevere to the end. I look forward to reflecting on what I’ve learned through this decade-long adventure, and sharing those lessons with family, friends, youth, business leaders and their organizations.”