23 FIRST ASCENTS OF PREVIOUSLY UNCLIMBED MOUNTAINS - WORLD RECORD
Word Record: Most First Ascents Unclimbed Mountains, Solo, Unexplored Regions, Mongolia (23)
23 FIRST ASCENTS - SOLO
Burch set a new official world record for the most first ascents of mountain peaks in Mongolia history.
He trained more than a year for this extreme challenge, using methods such as ice baths and Hyperfitness® training.
“Burch not only broke the record, but climbed in one of the coldest months of Mongolia, which is a first as well,” stated Bekbolat Bugibai, Director, Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia.
Burch reached the summits of 23 previously unclimbed high-altitude peaks, breaking the former record of 4 ascents by a Mongolian climber. Burch endured vertical gains totaling over 80,000ft, temperatures below -35°F, hypothermia, frostbite, avalanches, crevasses, falling through ice rivers, blinding wind, and snowstorms.
Burch used local Mongolians for logistical support, including camel herders to establish three base camps within the highest mountain region in Mongolia. “I congratulate and certify Sean breaking the record by an amazing 19 peaks,” stated Gana Olanbayar, Park Ranger, Sagan Gol, Altai Tayan Bogd National Park.
The Mongolian government’s National Park Service and Mongolia National Mountaineering Federation have officially recognized Burch’s world record. “We confirm Sean’s record of 23 peaks,” said J. Bayanantsagaan, General Secretary, MNMF.
Burch worked in partnership with the No Kid Hungry Program- USA, in an effort to raise awareness, educate, and stop child hunger in America. “We’re excited to have your support, and thank you for sharing your voice to help make No Kid Hungry a reality,” posted Team NKH on Twitter.