Bio: Al Hancock

After many years of climbing around the world, I am now attempting to reach the summit of the world's 14 highest peaks (above 8,000m) - this is the BIG 14 CHALLENGE.

Few people in the world have achieved this feat - no Canadian and only one North American - and I am keen to put Canada on the high altitude mountaineering map by pursuing this goal and by doing my best to achieve it. 

Originally from Stephenville, Newfoundland, I moved to Northern Alberta at the age of 18 looking for opportunities in the oil sands. I have always enjoyed athletics and as a young man began competing in bodybuilding. Within 10 years I was a provincial champion and had competed nationally and even represented Canada in international bodybuilding competitions.

17 years ago, looking for new and exciting challenges, I began taking numerous rock, ice, alpine and expedition climbing courses. In 2003 I had climbed Mount Denali in Alaska, then followed with Mount Elbrus (2005) and Aconcagua (2006). After successfully summiting Mt. Everest in 2007, I began to set my sights on the ultimate challenge for high altitude climbers, climbing the highest mountain on each of the world's 7 continents (known as the Seven Summits). In 2008 I became the 13th Canadian to have climbed all seven summits (202nd worldwide).

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