Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Seven Summits

Seven Summits

Here's the remarkable story of Danielle Fisher, 20, who summited the Seven Summits.

Young climber modest about her feat in expedition climbing

Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE (AP) - The climbers who routinely rack up firsts on the world's tallest peaks are an elite group, grounded by memories of those whose lives and hopes were lost on snowy summits.

But the petite woman who this summer became the youngest person to scale the highest peaks on all seven continents did so almost on a whim.

Danielle Fisher, 20, summited Mount Everest in the early morning hours of June 2, conquering the Seven Summits in three years. The soft-spoken redhead is modest about her feat, but veterans of the sport say she's spearheading a new generation of female climbers.

``I definitely think she's more of an inspiration than she thinks,'' said David C. Morton, a mountain guide with Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International, which led the expeditions on Fisher's last four climbs. >> Read more about Seven Summits in this article.