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GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Recognizes Martin Frey as World’s First Person to Climb the Seven Summits and Cross the Seven Seas

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NEW YORK CITY (May 6, 2016) – GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, today recognized Martin Frey on NBC’s “The Today Show” as the world’s first person to climb the Seven Summits and cross the Seven Seas by sailboat.

“We at GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS are always amazed by inspiring individuals just like yourself, so it gives me absolute pleasure on behalf of everyone at GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS to announce that you are the first person to climb the Seven Summits and cross the Seven Seas,” official adjudicator, Alex Angert said on air. “You are the embodiment of being officially amazing.”

“While I didn’t set out to become a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title holder, I am honored to receive this acknowledgement,” Frey said. “It provides a great platform as I seek to encourage and inspire others to find their passion and achieve their goals in life.”

Frey’s GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS certificate reads:

“The first person to climb the Seven Summits and cross the Seven Seas by sailboat was Martin Frey (USA), who climbed the highest mountain on each continent between 21 August 2005 and 5 December 2012 and crossed the Seven Seas between 25 February 2013 and 17 April 2016. In the process, Martin reached the top of Kilimanjaro (Africa), Denali (North America), Aconcagua (South America), Everest (Asia), Elbrus (Europe), Carstensz Pyramid and Kosciuszko (Oceania) and Vinson (Antarctica), and crossed the North Atlantic, South Pacific, Indian Ocean and South Atlantic as captain and the Southern Ocean, Arctic Ocean and North Pacific as a crew member, only using engine power when sailing was not possible.”

The 11-year journey ended with Frey joining the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race as a crew member, traversing 6,060 nautical miles across the Pacific from Qingdao, China, to Seattle.


GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) is the universally recognized global authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, over 134 million copies – and 3 million e-books – have been sold in 20 languages, in more than 100 countries. Since then, the internationally renowned brand is also available across a number of platforms; Guinness World Records global television shows are watched by over 750 million viewers annually, 800,000 subscribe to the Guinness World Records YouTube channel which received 300 million + views annually, the global website receives 14 million viewers annually and over 9 million fans on Facebook.