Good News from Mon, 02 July, 2012:

Finn stands tall on Seven Summits

Ain't no mountain high enough  Ain't no mountain high enough 

Atte Miettinen has made Finnish mountaineering history by becoming the first Finn to complete the Seven Summits challenge.

With the conquest of North America’s highest mountain, Denali, Miettinen joins a select group of mountaineers who have climbed the highest mountains on each continent.

Miettinen, a resident of the United Arab Emirates, summited the 6,196-metre-high Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, earlier this month.

Achieving the Seven Summits target feels great, since it has been a dream of mine for a number of years, he said.

Less than 350 people have stood on all the Seven Summits since the feat was first achieved in 1985 by Richard Bass of the United States.

The peaks are Cerro Aconcagua in South America, Denali in North America, Vinson Massif in Antarctica, Elbrus in Europe, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Everest in Asia and either Carstensz Pyramid or Mount Kosciuszko in Australia.

In May, Miettinen reached the 8850 metre summit of Mount Everest, becoming only the fifteenth Finn to stand on top of the highest mountain in the world.