Our friend and partner Noel Hanna, Northern Ireland based adventure sports trainer and endurance athlete finished his project named 7 SUMMITS TO SEALEVEL. It means climbing Seven summits of the world's highest peaks, followed by seven arduous and top-speed descents to Sea Level. Almost five years, seven continents, thousands of column inches in media coverage - and one goal in sight, a new entry in the Guinness Book of Records.
Noel Hanna, 42 is no stranger to nature's extreme challenges. He has competed in many of the world's most grueling endurance races such as, The Marathon Des Sables, Deathvalley 135, Discovery Eco-challenges and Himalayan 100 miler to name just a few.
For Noel Hanna, a man to whom challenge is a familiar friend, the quest was to go much further than previous expeditions - and add a dimension to the Seven Summits Challenge that would test, push, demand and enthrall: to follow each summit expedition with a race to Sea Level by man-powered means and accompanied by an observer from the Guinness Book of Records.
A seasoned mountaineer and endurance athlete, who is also a consultant advising endurance event organizers on course design and expedition logistics, Noel began his challenge in 2005 from Aconcagua.
In spring 2005 Noel Hanna and his wife Lynn joint an expedition of Everest organized by 7 Summits Club and led by Alex Abramov. Despite a setback on his first ascent Everest in 2005, when an eyesight problem forced him to turn back just one mile from the summit, he has relentlessly pursued.
Next year, again with Alex Abramov, they return to Everest North Face. 21st May 2006 he leave camp 2 at 0130 hrs for summit climb. Arrive at summit at 0945 hrs.
Except of his 7 SUMMITS TO SEALEVEL program Noel and Lynn Hanna joint 7 Summits Club for following project:
2009 Climbed to the summit of Mt.Everest 8848mts ( south side).
2009 Climbed to summit of Mt. Elbrus 5642 mts Russia.
On December 2009 Noel left for a 7 week expedition in Antacrtica with a team of 7 Summits Club. 22th of December 2009.Noel with our guide Victor Bobok has climbed Mt.Vinson 4897 mts After some days in Christmas they started for almost 300 km skiing to the sea at Hercules inlet. It takes 8 days to finish 4th of December in Patriot Hills.
Noel Hanna and his wife Lynn on Elbrus
2006 after Everest
With Nikolay Cherny on Everest 2009
Dec 09/Jan 10 : MOUNT VINSON,
Autumn 2008 : CARSTENSZ PYRAMID,
Descent to sea level, Nabire in 11 Days 9 hrs 5 mins
Jul 2007 : ELBRUS,
Descent to sea level, the Black Sea in 4 days, 22hrs, 50m.
May 2007 : DENALI,
North America, Alaska
Descent to sea level, the South Pacific Ocean in 10 days, 20 hrs, 30m.
Dec 2006 :KILIMANJARO,
Descent to sea level, the Indian Ocean in 37hrs, 44m.
May 2006 EVEREST,
Asia, Tibet - Nepal
Descent to sea level, the Bay of Bengal in 16 days, 23hrs, 15m.
Jan 2005 ACONCAGUA,
South America, Argentina
Descent to sea level, the Pacific Ocean in 28hrs, 23m.
Link with UCF:
Noel is linking this final leg of his Guinness Book of Records summit to sea level challenge attempt to his ongoing fundraising for UCF. He will be building on the total raised for the charity by the Personal Everest project.
Noel expedition log onto www.7summits2sealevel.com