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ALBERTO MAGLIANO WILL BE THE FIRST ITALIAN NON PROFESSIONAL ALPINIST TO CLIMB THE HIGHEST PEAKS OF THE SEVEN CONTINENTS

Magliano has just returned from his fifth successful expedition.

The next will be a real challenge: By the end of 2003, Alberto Magliano, 57 years old, aims to be the first Italian non-professional alpinist – and the first Italian after Reinhold Messner - to climb the ‘seven summits’, the highest peaks of each of the seven continents. 

The challenge of the ‘seven summits’ first came about in the 1980’s and today has become a popular and highly renowned experience in the field of alpinism.

Magliano’s adventure began in 1998 when he conquered the Aconcagua summit in South America (Argentina, 6959 metres). This success was followed by the triumph of the African peak Kilimanjaro in 1999 (Tanzania, 5895 metres), the Asian summit of Mount Everest (Tibet-Nepal, 8850 metres) and Vinson Massif (Antarctic, 4897 metres) both reached in 2002, and at the beginning of 2003 Kosciuszko, (Australia, 2228 metres). Magliano has declared that he aims to reach the last two peaks of the ‘seven summits’  by July 2003, these are Elbrus in Europe (Caucaso, 5642 metres), and Denali - also known as Mount McKinley – in North America (Alaska, 6194 metres). 

Magliano’s challenge to climb the ‘seven summits’ also includes an eighth peak, the Carstensz Pyramid in Oceania, (Indonesia, 4884 metres) which he aims to complete by Autumn 2003. This peak and that of Kosciuszko are both at the centre of a geographical controversy regarding the true seventh continent (Australia or Oceania). In fact only 60% of the alpinists that have completed the ‘seven summits’ have climbed both.

The most extraordinary aspect of this challenge is that Magliano is not a professional alpinist but a highly qualified manager, now a consultant in the tourism sector who discovered his passion for alpinism at 36 years old. He began training in Valmalenco, part of the Italian region of Lombardy and has gradually expanded his experiences by climbing mountains all over the world. 

In order to conclude his ambitious programme to climb the ‘seven summits’ (eight in total), Magliano will have to face the remaining three expeditions in only six months. The next scheduled expedition is to Denali in Alaska, a very difficult climb in a cold and stormy climate that will require great endurance and a lot of determination.

 





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