Go on a Hiking Adventure and We'll Tell You Which of the Seven Summits You Should Conquer!

By: Steven Miller

Go on a Hiking Adventure and We'll Tell You Which of the Seven Summits You Should Conquer!
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About This Quiz

First accomplished by Richard Bass on April 30, 1985, reaching the top of all seven of the highest peaks on each continent has become a favorite goal for mountaineering enthusiasts. These summits range from the well-known and challenging Mt. Everest in Asia at 29,029 feet above sea level, all the way to the relatively simple and lowest of these peaks, Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia at a mere 7,310 feet. With this wide range of heights and levels of difficulty, there's a pinnacle that's sure to fit your overall hiking style.

For example, if you're the kind of hiker who enjoys a challenge, but you'd prefer to stay relatively close to home on more familiar terrain, Denali should fit you nicely. The tallest peak in North America would require that you come prepared, packing all the safety essentials that would be necessary. You'll also have to be in pretty great shape, which would suggest that you enjoy taking on the trails rated on the more difficult side of the scale.

On the other hand, maybe you prefer to keep things a lot more mellow. If you love to hike in big groups and you prefer to walk trails that are more moderate but still lead to spectacular sights along the way, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa should be an excellent fit for you.

Lace up your boots and let's hit the trail. We're about to find out what view from the top fits you just right.

How many miles do you hike per week?
I'm way over 10 miles a week.
I suppose I do around two to five miles a week on the trails.
I don't go hiking every week.
I probably get in five to 10 miles a week.

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How regularly do you do multiple-day trips on the trail?
I'll get in a few trips like that each year.
I've never done that and I never will.
I've been meaning to give that a shot, but I haven't done it yet.
I do trips like that at least once a month.

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How big is your hiking backpack?
I just have a small day pack.
I don't have a hiking backpack.
It is huge. I need the room to pack stuff for long-term trips.
It's a pretty average size, I guess.

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Do your fellow hikers ever say, "you're too intense for me"?
Yeah, I get that all the time.
No, I get the opposite of that.
I have definitely heard that a few times.
I'm more likely to be the one to say that to other people.

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How do you feel about a steep incline that shows up on the trail in front of you?
Yuck!
I'm not thrilled, but that's how you get to the amazing views.
It's no big deal.
Awesome! Let's do it!

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How would you rate your physical condition?
I'm in decent shape.
I'm in amazing shape.
I'm totally out of shape.
I'm not in terrible shape, but I wouldn't call myself in prime form either.

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Do you have any trouble breathing?
Not at all.
A little bit, but it only gets bad at really high elevations.
Yes, I have a breathing condition.
Not really, but ask me again on a steep incline.

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How much planning goes into your usual hike?
I'm usually hiking a familiar trail, so almost no planning goes into it.
I might spend a minute or two planning it out.
I'll do a few minutes of planning and checking things off my list before I go.
It takes days of coordination to pull it all together.

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Do you need a lot of variety or are you happy to hike the same trail regularly?
I have my usual hikes, but I do like to mix things up once in a while.
I don't mind a little variety, but the trail has to be rated as "easy."
I always need a bigger and better adventure.
I'm quite content to hike familiar territory.

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Of the following, which snack sounds most appealing to you?
Energy bars.
Trail mix.
Freeze-dried fruit.
Granola.

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What is your tolerance for cold temperatures?
I have no tolerance for the cold.
I'm not a fan of being cold, but I can tolerate it.
It doesn't bother me too badly, until it gets really cold.
The cold doesn't bother me at all.

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How likely are you to hike a trail that is rated as very difficult?
It's possible that I could be talked into it.
Those are the only trails I hike.
There's no way I'm doing that.
It's highly unlikely.

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How much traveling have you done?
I've been all over the world.
I've been to a few different countries.
I've traveled to one foreign destination, but I'm hoping to do a lot more.
I've mostly stuck pretty close to home.

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How long would your ideal hike take you to complete?
It would take weeks.
It would take hours.
It would take days.
It would take months.

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How much water are you generally bringing with you on the trail?
A couple of water bottles is usually plenty for me.
A small water bottle is usually fine.
I bring a gallon or more, and I have a purifying system too.
I might pack a gallon.

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Is it more about the journey or the destination?
It's about getting to the end of the trail.
I couldn't care less if I finish the trail. In fact, I rarely do.
I always enjoy completing the trail, but I recognize that it's about the present moment.
It's all about the journey.

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How many different trails have you hiked this month?
I've hiked one trail.
I've hiked two or three trails.
I've hiked four or five trails.
I've hiked more than five trails.

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How would you describe the current condition of your hiking boots?
They've definitely got a lot of wear on them.
Those suckers have been through hell and back again.
They're pretty much brand new.
They're broken in, but they're still pretty new.

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Do you carry a first aid kit with you when you hike?
That is a mandatory part of my pack.
It would be unusual for me to pack one.
I never do.
I almost always bring a first aid kit.

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Have you been trained in CPR?
Yes, I have basic CPR training.
No, I've never been trained in CPR.
I was in the past, but I'm sure my certification has expired by now.
Yes, and I have a special wilderness certification as well.

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How good are you at orienteering?
There's probably going to be someone else who's better at it than me in the group.
I'm lost when it comes to using maps.
I can read a map like nobody's business.
I'm pretty good at figuring out where I am and where I'm going.

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What size tent do you use?
It's only big enough to fit one person laying down, which makes it great in the wind.
I don't own a tent.
I have a two-person tent.
It's a pretty bulky thing. I think it sleeps three or four people.

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How skilled are you at cooking over a campfire?
I've never tried it.
I'm more likely to burn the food than anything else.
I've been known to produce some decent meals over the campfire.
I am a master chef when it comes to cooking on the campfire.

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Do you prefer to stick close to home or to venture out into the unknown?
I tend to stick close to familiar territory.
I'm always looking for the next adventure, no matter how far away it might be.
I like some variety, but I prefer to stick to the easy trails.
I enjoy hikes that are close to home, but I need some new vistas every so often.

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Which animal best represents your hiking style?
A mountain goat.
An elephant.
A sloth.
A wolf.

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What pace are you most comfortable moving at?
I have a full agenda, but I do make time for just chilling out.
I'm in no hurry to go anywhere.
I always try to stop and smell the roses when I can.
I'm always in a hurry.

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Of the following, which continent would you most like to visit?
Africa.
Australia.
Asia.
North America is fine for me.

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Have you ever taken any survivalist training?
I've taken a bunch of survival classes.
No, I've never had any interest in something like that.
I did one training session related to that.
I watch shows on that subject sometimes.

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Do you prefer to hike in a group or by yourself?
I only hike in groups who are also looking for an easy hike.
I'd much rather go with a group, but I do go solo once in a while.
I generally hike by myself.
I don't mind going by myself, but it's usually safer to team up with others.

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What's the longest you've ever been on the trail continuously?
The longest I've been on the trail was a week.
The longest I've been on the trail was much longer than a week.
The longest I've been on the trail was an afternoon.
The longest I've been on the trail was a couple of days.

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