Heidi Zimmer is attempting to be the first deaf person to climb the highest peak in each continent.
A graduate of Gallaudet University in 1978, she has climbed Mount McKinley in North America, Mount
Elbrus in Europe, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. The remaining four summits are Mount Vinson in
Antarctica, Aconcagua in South America, the Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia (the highest summit in
the global region near Austarlia), and Mount Everest in Asia. Heidi Zimmer holds several certificates
in mountain climbing and is an active member of the Sierra Club. She faces the challenge of raising
between $3,000 and $30,000 for each climbing expedition.
Heidi Zimmer took 18 days to reach the summit (20,320 feet) of Mount McKinley. Located in the
Alaskan Range, Mount McKinely is sometimes referred to by its native name Denali, meaning The Great
One, in the Athabaskan Language. A huge snowy mass, several glaciers, and countless icefalls characterize
the mountain. One of the main challenges in attempting to climb Mount McKinley is the threat of severe
weather, which has hampered many attempted ascents, several of which have resulted in fatalities.