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 Graham Hoyland's next Project: Seven Seas, Seven Summits

Graham Hoyland, the Everest climber who’s search for George Mallory’s camera led to the finding of his body, has another quest. He’s planning to sail around the world with a group of climbers, sailing in each of the Seven Seas and climbing each of the Seven Summits. Having already sailed a yacht to Antarctica across the toughest ocean- the Southern Ocean- and climbed the hardest pair of Seven Summits- Everest and Denali- he’s ideally suited to complete his task.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do most of my life. Pete Boardman first thought of this challenge, and my hero Bill Tilman would have loved to do it- but probably on his own in an old wooden boat. I’m planning to do this in comfort.”

Graham’s already looking for a boat- and a crew. “This will be a huge adventure. To make it easier I plan to do it in legs, with time off in between mountains to let the summiteers go home and build up their reserves. "It's going to be expensive, obviously, but it could be paid in stages."

A sixty-foot steel yacht is needed for the adventure, equipped with all modern communications. Graham, a television producer/director, will be filming the adventure, and broadcasting it live.

Graham's brief description of the trip !

Up to now, over 65 climbers have become Seven Summiteers.

That means they’ve climbed Mounts Aconcagua (South America, 6960m/22,834ft), McKinley (North America, 6194m/20,320ft), Vinson (Antarctica, 4897m/16,023ft), Kilimanjaro (Africa, 5895m/19,340ft), Elbrus (Europe, 5642m/18,510ft), Everest (Asia, 8848m/29,028ft), Carstensz Pyramid (Australasia, 4884m/16,024ft), Kosciuszko (Australasia, 2228m/7310ft). Oh, that’s eight- some people count Kosciuszko instead of Carstenz.

My plan is to sail around the world from continent to continent, climbing to the highest point of each one.

Sailing does have similarities with mountaineering. Both activities involve uncomfortable battles with the elements interspersed with short moments of pleasure, and both seem to attract similar personalities, although there is surprisingly little cross-over between the two sports.

Surely the most remarkable  person who was both a climber and a sailor was Bill Tilman. He explored untrodden territory in the Himalayas and elsewhere when there were still blanks on the map. He led the 1938 Mount Everest expedition- the first lightweight attempt. In his fifties he realised he couldn’t climb high anymore so he asked someone to show him how to sail. He learned quickly and well, bought Mischief , his first and most loved of his three Bristol Pilot Cutters, and undertook some astonishing voyages. His first one took him across the Atlantic to South America, through the Magellan Straits to Peel Inlet , where he landed and promptly made the first proper crossing of the Patagonian ice-cap.

Tilman was a real explorer and probably wouldn’t have anything to do with the Seven Summits. But for the millionaire adventurer with time on his or her hands, here’s an itinerary.

Starting in your 60-foot steel yacht from the pool of London you first head south through the North Atlantic, the first of the Seven Seas, sail past Gibraltar through the Mediterranean  and then into the Black Sea. Here you will land and travel into the interior to climb Elbrus, Europe’s highest mountain. This extinct volcano is the highest point of the Caucasus, between the Black and Caspian Seas. It’s in the far south of Russia, in what was once the USSR, and not far from Chechnya. If you manage this fairly straight-forward climb, you can return to your yacht and head south again. (We may return home for rest after each mountain, leaving the boat in harbour).

Next you are going to pass through the Suez Canal, emerge into the Red Sea and sail down the Eastern seaboard of Africa. You will hop off here and tackle Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest, another ex-volcano and surrounded by spectacular vegetation and wildlife. Not a great challenge, but where else would you find snow on the equator?

We’re heading east now, to tackle the Big One. You sail across the Indian Ocean, which is the second of your Seven Seas, and land at Bombay. To get to Mount Everest, Asia’s highest, you can travel across northern India by train and then arrive at Kathmandu in Nepal by road. Too much has been written about this mountain. Suffice to say it’s harder than non-climbers say it is.

Please note that it is heading north-east an inch and a half every year and growing bigger, so be quick.

Rejoin your boat, which your kind skipper (me) has sailed round to Calcutta for you, and rest your weary bones on the foredeck while you head past the Andaman Islands off the coast of Thailand on your way to Irian Jaya, to try to climb Carstenz Pyramid. There’s some seriously dense jungle here, inhabited by the Dani people, who still live in a Stone-Age world. The men wear penis-gourds, and birds of paradise feathers in their hair , while the women wear raffia-grass skirts. Their way of life is under threat by their rulers 2000 miles away in Indonesia, and reminds us of our responsibilities as tourists to try to help the local people we meet.

Season-conscious climbers ask: when do you climb Carstenz? Answer: any time, it rains constantly. After this, you may as well head through the South Pacific (your third Sea) and land in New South Wales, Australia. Hire an easy Rentacar and knock off Kosciuszko- it’s been said you could drive a rental car (the best off-road vehicle you can get) up this one. Meanwhile you ponder the next and most difficult sea-leg of your journey, the voyage through the Southern Ocean (your fourth Sea) to the shores of Antarctica. This is why I specified a sixty-foot steel yacht, as you may be nudging growlers (small icebergs) on your way to Vinson, the last continental summit to be discovered and climbed. This fact is hardly surprising as it lies well south, at 80 degrees, but if you and your boat can survive the journey it’s a fairly simple climb. The Southern Ocean is very, very exciting. Contact me for details. Oh, and Vinson is a long way from the coast.

Hop back on board and head north through the Southern Ocean, up into the South Atlantic, your fifth of the Seven Seas. Jump ship at Buenos Aires and make for Aconcagua, the second highest of the Seven Summits, near the Argentinean border with Chile. They’ve built a hotel at Base Camp since I was last there, so you  can rest in comfort. The climbing isn’t too hard in this one, but you must choose your weather.

Now you’re heading north to climb the eighth of our Seven Summits, as some think . Your skipper has passed through the Panama Canal and you rejoin ship to continue up the western seaboard of North America, through the North Pacific, the sixth of the Seven Seas. You land at Anchorage, Alaska and the skipper will continue north into the Arctic Ocean. You now head for the one-horse town of Talkeena. There might be only one horse, but this town has more small aircraft per capita than anywhere in the USA. The reason is partly the large number of lake-side holiday lodges serviced by private float-planes, but also because of all the climbers heading for Denali (the mountain formerly known as McKinley), the highest mountain in North America. To get to base camp you get into a cramped Cessna which has skis as well as wheels. You take off  on the wheels and fly for a hundred miles across bear-infested lakes and forests.  You then skim through a gap between the jagged teeth of rocky ridges, and the pilot pulls a lever which puts the skis down. The plane then lands heavily on the glacier at the foot of Mount Denali.

This is a very cold mountain with fearsome weather, and at first you approach on skis, dragging your supplies on a sledge. But if you succeed on this one you’ve climbed your last mountain.

You rejoin the boat on Alaska’s north coast and return through the Arctic Ocean, your seventh and last Sea.

Congratulations, you’ve just completed the Seven Seas, Seven Summits. You are the first person ever to complete it.

Volunteers, anyone? Get in touch through my friends at EverestNews.com 

Graham Hoyland

Jan 2001

Below are several past articles on Graham and the Mallory/Irvine Mystery that have appeared on EverestNews.com. This is far from a complete list, but some highlights focusing on Graham. Take a look.

CURRICULUM VITAE Graham Hoyland and his article on THE FINDING OF GEORGE MALLORY A must read ....

On Friday March 17th 2000, EverestNews.com had the pleasure of attending Graham Hoyland's Lecture "Unraveling the Mystery of George Mallory" in the Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian.

Graham Hoyland Q&A 7/19/2000 on his Mallory & Irvine 2000 Expedition

The 2000 Expedition: Graham Hoyland and the BBC returns to Everest in Spring 2000 in search of the camera and Irvine. 

Ballooning over Everest

Other interesting Mallory Background:

Juan Oiarzabal, "To the Edge of The Impossible" or AL FILO DE LO IMPOSIBLE in Spanish to recreate the ascent of 1924 of Mallory and Irvine of Everest.

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