Steve Plain on the summit of Mount Vinson, Antarctica. (spinalcure.org.au)
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An Australian mountaineer Steve Plain, 36, scaled Mount Everest Monday, completing his quest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents in record time, an expedition organizer said.Plain reached the 8,850-meter peak of the world's tallest mountain after climbing more than seven hours from the final camp, at the 8,000 meter South Col, to claim the record.Polish climber Janusz Kochanski held the previous record for climbing the seven peaks, doing it in 126 days last year.A group of eight Nepalese Sherpa guides reached the summit Sunday, fixing ropes and clearing paths for other climbers to begin their ascent to the peak.
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