We’re trying to climb the highest mountain in every country on Earth. Scroll down for full country list, with trip reports and pictures for 99 country highpoints climbed so far*.
Updates: On July 23, 2016, with an ascent of Russia’s Mt Elbrus, Eric finished climbing the highest mountain in all European countries. On June 11th, 2015, with our ascent of Cuba’s Pico Turquino, we became the first people to climb the highest mountain in all 23 North American countries. Read the writeup in the MIT Tech Newspaper, and our own press release.
|Antigua and Barbuda||Costa Rica
Central African Rep
Dem Rep of Congo
São Tomé & Principe
Papua New Guinea
Last update: December 2016
We define countries as UN member and observer states. Kosovo is the only exception. Its independence is recognized by most UN members and it is expected to soon become a full member, and we thus include it in our list.
We define the highpoint as the highest natural point on any land owned by the country excluding foreign embassies. (So, for instance, the highpoint of the Netherlands is Mt Scenery on Saba Island in the Caribbean).
We define the country’s continent as the continent the country capital is located in. (So, for instance, this puts Turkey in Asia).
*Of the 99 highpoints climbed, on four of them we got to the highest legal point (Cyprus, South Korea, Oman, and Bahrain) and not the true highest ground. We’ll have to go back and find a way to the true highest ground in the future.
*Individual country highpoint counts: Eric – 90, Matthew – 70. Total climbed by either of us – 99.