Dromara man summits Carstensz Pyramid
by JULIE ANN SPENCE
man Noel Hanna has reached the summit of Indonesia's daunting
Carstensz Pyramid, the highest peak in Oceania and the sixth
peak in his Seven Summits to Sea Level challenge.
His goal is to scale the world's seven
highest peaks, followed by seven arduous and top-speed descents
to Sea Level — and gain an entry in the Guinness Book of
After previously scaling Mount Everest, Noel
this week achieved his sixth mountain summit in his world record
bid, by getting to the top of the 16,020 ft granite wall known
as Carstensz Pyramid. Having secured sponsorship from the
Chicago based investment firm and online brokerage PEAK6, Noel
is now just one peak away from a world record - for the fastest
ascent and descent of the legendary Seven Summits, the world's
seven highest mountains.
But despite a gruelling 16,000 sq ft climb,
Noel cannot rest on his laurels - he now has to navigate a rapid
descent to sea level on foot.
The Seven Summits to Sea Level challenge has
been daunting for the Dromara-based endurance athlete and
It has added up to three years, five
continents, hundreds of logistical challenges - and one goal in
sight, a new entry in the Guinness Book of Records.
With the sixth peak conquered, it now remains for Noel to
scale the heights of Mt Vinson in Antarctica to clinch this
awe-inspiring new world record, and a place in climbing history.