Spine surgeon climbs 'Seven Summits'


A Michigan spine surgeon climbed the tallest peaks on every continent, ABC affiliate WXYZ reported June 16.

Rakesh Patel, MD, of University of Michigan Health in Ann Arbor, got into climbing in 2007 while working in a private practice. He joined a friend on a climb in Colorado and was inspired to continue the hobby.

His journey included ascending Denali in North America, Aconcagua in South America, Mount Elbrus in Europe, Vinson Massif in Antarctica, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Everest in Asia and Kosciuszko in Australia. 

"A lot of people have a goal of climbing the 'Seven Summits' and that's why you start," he said in the report. "But for me, it just kind of led into that, and it's been a cool experience to travel the world and meet cool new people."

Dr. Patel said he plans to continue climbing and has his eyes set on the Himalayas.

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