Climbing the 7 Summits

Ema Dantas, founder of Peaks for Change, committed to climbing the Seven Summits of the World to raise awareness and fundraise to end the stigma of mental health. This was a daunting challenge but one that helped Peaks for Change raise money for CAMH’s New Bridging Clinic in Ontario.

The Seven Summits turned into Eight (to cover the Bass and Messner versions of the 7 summits).

Here are the stories of these summits:

Asia: Everest (Nepal)

8,848 (29,029 ft)


Next attempt in 2022

Australia: Mount Kosciuszko

COMPLETED – Nov. 16, 2019
2,228 (7,310 ft)


North America: Denali (USA)

COMPLETED – Jun. 28, 2019
6,194 (20,320 ft)

Details (Pt. 1)
Details (Pt. 2)

South America: Aconcagua (Argentina)

COMPLETED – Feb. 19, 2019
6,959 (22,832 ft)

Details (Pt. 1)
Details (Pt. 2)

Antartica: Vinson Mastif

COMPLETED – Dec. 5 2018
4,892 (16,049 ft)


Europe: Elbrus

COMPLETED – Jul. 29, 2018
5,642m (18,510 ft)

Details (Pt. 1)
Details (Pt. 2)
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Africa: Kilimanjaro

COMPLETED – Jan. 6, 2018
5,895m (19,340 ft)

Photo Gallery

Oceania: Carstensz Pyramid (Indonesia)

COMPLETED – Oct. 12, 2017
4,884m (16,023 ft)

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The 7 Summits initiative aimed to raise $700,000 over two years.


Funds were donated to CAMH Foundation in direct support of the groundbreaking CAMH Urgent Drop-in Clinic. This clinic dramatically improves access to timely care and support a wide range of people with mental illness, including depression and psychosis. The clinic also lessens repeat emergency care visits by ensuring continuity of care and availability to anyone regardless of age, gender or diagnosis.“

In short, the Urgent Drop-in Clinic will transform the experience of seeking care after a crisis.”, CAMH

CAMH states:

“The next breakthrough in mental health will come from CAMH”.

We believe that as well. CAMH is not only Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, it is also one of the world’s leading research centres for addiction and mental health. See our letter of support from CAMH.

Adventurous volunteers climbed the Seven Summits to raise $700,000. All funds raised for this challenge will be directed to CAMH, as all costs related to the expeditions themselves are 100% privately funded!

Video Library

Extreme Winds

Mount Elbrus – Russia 2018

Tyrolean Traverse

Cartensz Pyramid – Antartica 2017

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