Assembly 16 May
South Africa now has a good record of climbers on Everest, with the total having risen to 25 summiteers. Of those only Cathy O'Dowd, Sibusiso Vilane and Andre Bredenkamp have climbed the mountain from both the north and south sides.
Andre climbed Carstensz Pyramid in Papua in 2007, which is the highest mountain on the continent of Oceania (also known as Australasia). In doing so he has completed climbing the highest mountain on each of the worlds' seven continents. There are currently less than 250 people in the history of climbing who have achieved the "Seven Summits".
He has recently returned from climbing Broad Peak (previously called K3) in the Karakorum Mountain range in Pakistan. There are only 14 mountains in the world over 8000 meters. Climbing these mountains means going into the infamous "Death Zone". Five of these "Giants" are in Pakistan, and despite a few other South Africans having tried, this is the first time a South African based climber has got to the top of one of them.
Andre's unique record however, is that he is the only South African to have climbed Everest twice, climbed the Seven Summits, and climbed two 8000'ers and got to the summit of each of these mountains on his first attempt.
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