In 2018 Steve Plain was awarded Australian Adventurer of the Year by Australian Geographic for his world record-breaking Seven Summits expedition. In 117 days, Steve reached the summit of the highest mountain on every continent, achieving his own personal goal and breaking the previous world speed record in the process.
Steve’s story is inspiring considering the obstacles he overcame before he even started. His story demonstrates how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results through resilience, commitment and hard work.
In 2014 an accident at Cottesloe Beach left Steve with a broken neck and damaged spinal cord. With a long recovery ahead of him and no mountaineering experience to speak of, he set himself the ambitious challenge to climb the Seven Summits in under four months. Following an intense training regime and a number of practice expeditions to the New Zealand Southern Alps, the Peruvian Andes and the Himalayas, Steve successfully completed “Project 7in4” in May 2018.
Through Project 7in4 Steve was keen to give back to those who had helped him by raising awareness and funds for Surf Life Saving WA and SpinalCure Australia. With the generous support of the community around him he raised $45,000 for these organisations and is continuing work in this area as Ambassador for Surf Life Saving WA.