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Video: Seven Summits Challenge

Sept. 3, 2019

Inspired by the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and his love for the outdoors, Air Force Lt. Col. Rob Marshall created the first American military mountaineering team. From 2005 to 2013 — between combat deployments as a special operations pilot — Marshall led airmen to the summit of every continent's highest peak, ending with the successful summit of the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. 

Crossing a crevasse.
Crevasse Cross
A member of the United States Air Force 7 Summits Challenge Team crosses a crevasse during an expedition to the summit of Mount Everest, April 24, 2013.
Photo By: Courtesy of Air Force Lt. Col. Rob Marshall
VIRIN: 130424-O-ZZ999-415C
Crossing a crevasse.
Summit Challenge
A member of the United States Air Force 7 Summits Challenge Team crosses a crevasse during an expedition to the summit of Mount Everest, April 24, 2013.
Photo By: Courtesy of Air Force Lt. Col. Rob Marshall
VIRIN: 130424-O-ZZ999-206C
Navigating the Khumbu Icefall.
Khumbu Icefall
Members of the U.S. Air Force 7 Summit Challenge Team navigate through the Khumbu Icefall during their expedition to the summit of Mount Everest, April 23, 2013. The icefall is formed by the Khumbu Glacier. Its constant and unpredictable movement makes crossing the Icefall especially dangerous, often opening giant crevasses with little to no warning.
Photo By: Courtesy of Air Force Lt. Col. Rob Marshall
VIRIN: 130423-O-ZZ999-252C

Video by Army Staff Sgt. Alexander Henninger, DOD