After many years of climbing around the world, Al Hancock 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
Over the past decade, Al has been quietly making Canadian history; he wants to take his journey to a new level, "The Big 14” Challenge, to be first Canadian to summit all of the world’s highest peaks. To date, he’s successfully scaled seven of the world’s 14 tallest mountains, all of them over 8,000 metres, including Everest twice and the extremely challenging K2, the world’s second highest peak. Al has served as expedition leader on many of these peaks.
Originally from Stephenville, Newfoundland, he moved to Northern Alberta at the age of 18 looking for opportunities in the oil sands. He has always enjoyed athletics and as a young man began competing in bodybuilding. Within 10 years he was a provincial champion and had competed nationally and even represented Canada in international bodybuilding competitions.
20 years ago, looking for new and exciting challenges, he began taking numerous rock, ice, alpine and expedition climbing courses. In 2003 he had climbed Mount Denali in Alaska, then followed with Mount Elbrus (2005) and Aconcagua (2006). After successfully summiting Mt. Everest in 2007, he began to set his 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 he became the 13th Canadian to have climbed all seven summits (202nd worldwide).
- Mount Denali (McKinley), Alaska - 2003
- Mount Elbrus, Russia - 2005
- Mount Aconcagua, Argentina - 2006
- Mount Everest (highest mountain in the world), Nepal/Tibet - 2007
- Mount Kosciuszko, Australia - 2007
- Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa - 2008
- Mount Vinson Massif, Antarctica - 2008