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Achieving your Goals & Reaching the Top

The Green Man will be climbing to the top of the world with Derek Mahon on his “7 Summits” challenge!

3 down – 4 to go!

Derek has undertaken to seven highest mountain peaks of each of the seven continents. So far he has managed to summit Mount Elbrus (5,642m) in 2012 and the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest (8,848m), in May 2014 and in 2017 Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m).

In January 2018 he will take to his 4th summit of “The 7 Summits” challenge – Mount Aconcagua.

Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of Asia. Standing at 6,962m it is the second highest peak in the 7 Summits challenge. Located in the Andes, Aconcagua lies close to Mendoza, Argentina. Due to its height, the effects of altitude are severe on this mountain as are the weather conditions.

Achieving your goals

Derek has been training for this summit since mid-October, preparing himself physically, mentally and emotionally for the challenge ahead. Speaking about his motivation, Derek said he is a firm believer in "dreaming, believing and achieving". “Any success, I truly believe, is split between being 80pc mental and 20pc physical. If you believe mentally you can do it, your ability and physicality will add the missing percentage to achieving that goal.”

Derek is undertaking the challenge in aid of the mental health charity GROW in Ireland.

To follow Derek’s adventure, click here to read his blog and stay up to date on his climb to the top of Aconcagua.