Sean Burch climbed record first ascents in Mongolia

Posted: Dec 23, 2014 11:05 am EST


(Newsdesk / Press Release) Sean Burch (Virginia, USA) has set a new official world record for the most first ascents of mountain peaks in Mongolia history.


Burch trained more than a year for this extreme challenge, using methods such as ice baths, arctic 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.


“My fingertips are black and hard, I have frostbite on my toes, and could not feel my hands for the last 10 days. I am just happy to have endured the expedition,” stated Burch. “The record is an added bonus.  I was in continual survival mode due to the extreme conditions.”


Burch reached the summits of 23 previously unclimbed 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.


About Sean Burch (

Burch, winner of National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Survival Alaska television show, was awarded Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal by their government for aid work in their country. He is currently developing a TV show, is a mental fortitude speaker, and is author of the self-help and fitness book, Hyperfitness: 12 Weeks to Conquering Your Inner Everest (Penguin Group USA). 


His previous world records include:

1.    Fastest Crossing of Nepal (Completed via Himalaya range): 49 days, 6 hours, 8 minutes

2.    Fastest Winter Ascent of Mt. Fuji, Japan: 4:05:42

3.    63 Summits of Unclimbed Peaks in 23 Days, Solo, Tibet

4.    Fastest Ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro: 5:28:48

5.    Fastest Time for Northern Most Marathon (First Marathon and wearing snowshoes)

6.    Jump Rope at Altitude – 26,181ft.


About No Kid Hungry

Burch worked in partnership with the No Kid Hungry Program, USA, in an effort to raise awareness, educate, and stop child hunger in America. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority.




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Summit 9-HS Peak
courtesy Sean Burch, SOURCE