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Mike Hamill's consummate coverage of the Seven Summits is far more studied and detailed than anything I could have ever written. --Dick Bass, first person to climb the Seven Summits

About the Author

Mike Hamill is a year-round guide for International Mountain Guides and the Alaska Mountaineering School. He has traveled and climbed extensively on all seven continents, including at least two times up each of the big seven. Through a course of a year Hamill regularly guides clients up each of the Seven Summits, and with his IMG colleagues he was recently featured on Discovery Channel's popular EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT. He lives in Seattle.
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (May 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594856486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594856488
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike Hamill is a professional mountain guide, writer, and photographer. He regularly leads expeditions to the moun- tains of the Seven Summits, among others, and has climbed all of the original Seven Summits at least four times, some as many as twenty. He has climbed them all in the course of one year several times, finishing them in 2008 in 220 days, the tenth fastest time to date. Mike was featured in the Discovery Channel's television production entitled Everest: Beyond the Limits. Mike has been guiding for more than a decade and calls Seattle home when not on the road. He began his climbing career on the steep rock and ice of New England and New York State while obtaining a bachelor of science from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He hails originally from Hanover, New Hampshire, and Bridgton, Maine. Please visit his website at www.climbingthesevensummits.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By V O'Brien on July 4, 2012
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Coffee table books on the highest peaks - check. Stories of suspense, tragedies, and life-threatening adventures - one need only spend an hour in Stanford's in London or Pilgrims in Kathmandu to be overwhelmed by the selection available. But a comprehensive guide to actually climbing the highest peaks... well, that didn't exist - until now.

This book is incredible and has all the right bits. Whether you are actually planning on climbing the Seven Summits or want your mates and family to know all about it this is the perfect companion. Part 1 helps you prepare and plan your expedition while Part II breaks it all down giving the reader a comprehensive guide to each mountain. There is also a great comparison chart that tells you every thing from the altitude to difficulty ratings across each mountain as well as practical information like country telephone codes and the currency. Each chapter breaks down the different climbing routes, costs, suggested itineraries, maps, suggested gear and other useful training tips.

The book is supported by a website (...) that also offers additional information and advice. This is exactly the kind of book I have been searching for as I start the seven summits. It's been helpful to me in planning my trips and for those close to me to know what I am embarking upon. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angela M Serio on July 6, 2012
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This is by far the most comprehensive book ever written about climbing the Seven Summits. This is a MUST READ for anyone considering to attempt it, not to mention anyone who has an interest in mountaineering. Makes a great coffee table for those less adventurous types, too. The photography is spectacular and really brings to life each peak in a way that no other guide book generally does. The book is full of interesting factoids and history about climbing each of the Seven Summits. The author leaves no detail untouched, complete with gear lists and sample itineraries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becky B on July 4, 2012
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I initially ordered the book because Mike was my guide on a climb of Kilimanjaro and I thought it would be interesting to read about this particular mountain. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of detail Mike goes into on his coverage of each of the seven/eight summits. I recommend this book to anyone who has climbed smaller peaks and dreams of those ultimate seven summits around the world or for anyone who simply has an interest in geography. Mike covers not only the climbs themselves but the culture of climbing and provides some wonderful color photographs so the reader has a good sense of what was climb entails.

Reading this book has strengthened my interest in climbing and I know I'll use it as a guide to determine what summit I should attempt next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Toste on June 11, 2012
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I was fortunate to be a first read winner of this book. Now I am not a climber but the mountains have always fascinated me and if you are like me or want to take up climbing or you are already an experienced climber I think you would really enjoy this book. It goes into detail about each mountains climbing history, also the cultural and political background of the regions. Personal stories from various climbers are also included with guide tips and anything else that would be of value. From the difficult rating of each mountain to what documents you will need and which is the best climbing season and costs for each expedition. It is a valuable guide to possess and I definitely recommend it. I really enjoyed reading it and it also includes some great pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 17, 2012
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It's been a long time since I picked up a book and could hardly wait to tear into it. This is one of those books. Filled with great information, tremedous photography, and excellent ancillary information - it's one of the best guide books I've ever read. That's saying alot - I have more than my share of great ones.

Even if you aren't planning to climb any of these, this book is a must have for any mountaineer or mountain-dreamer.
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Mike Hamill is a world-class mountaineering guide, hugely experienced with multiple summits of Everest and the other mountains comprising the Seven Summits. Mike's hands-on, practical experience and expertise in the world of mountaineering provide a credible back-drop for this highly enjoyable read. The book is well-written, informative, but overall, practical. It is a book for mountaineering enthusiasts past and present, amateurs and professionals and armchair travellers alike.

This is the one book that has it all for the Seven Summits climber: detailed information about each mountain, beautiful photographs, practical tips, gear lists, route information, and much more. Mike provides an informative lead-in and scene-setting before discussing each mountain. A discussion on Kosciuszko vs. Carstensz Pyramid as the Seventh Summit makes for interesting reading.

For those who either want to climb the Seven Summits or who are currently pursuing this ambition - Mike's book is a must. For those who have completed the Seven Summits, Mike's book will bring back wonderful memories. And for those armchair climbers out there - this book will make you dream.
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If any climber ever wondered how to tackle the Seven Summits, they need only one source, and this is it.
Even if your only goal is Kilimanjaro, the extreme altitude trekking peak of the Seven Summits. The amount of information about routes, gear and technique are without equal. Had this book been available in 2004, one third of the crap I took to Africa would not have stayed in the hotel.
I must admit that I know Mike. He lead my rope up the Mount Adams Glacier at mountaineering school in 2006. He was the confidence I needed that day. Humility and kindness are his high traits and they are the reason I am miffed that there are so very few pictures of him in this excellent resource.
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