28Summits Challenge

The 28Summits Challenge I set myself represents the goal to reach the highest points of each of the member states of the European Union. Not all of these points will be actual summits or high mountains, but I see each one as part of the bigger challenge to climb the higher ones like Zugspitze, Grossglockner or Mont Blanc. Some of the countries on the list have dependencies and colonies outside of the European continent where one can find their highest points. In this challenge I will only focus on the highest points on the European continent.

The Status of the 28Summits Challenge

The map below shows the countries I will be traveling to and will be updated over time when I cross one of the 28Summits of the list (countries in green):

(Based on the following file under creative commons license)

(Based on the following file under creative commons license)

The 28Summits list

To identify the highest points of each of the member states I took the official statistics from the CIA World Fact Book and compiled a list of the 28Summits I want to reach. The elevation of mountains often varies through glaciers on the top or general tectonic movement, therefore, the elevation stated in the list might vary from numbers from other sources. To have consistency I will stick to the data from my primary source, but when I do a summit and have the GPS device with me I will post that data additionally.


List of highest points in the 28Summits Challenge (Based on: CIA World Fact Book)

If you find a mistake in the list of the 28Summits or think I should do a correction, just send me an email to 28summits@gmail.com. Thank you!


About me

This blog is about my 28Summits Challenge with the goal of reaching the highest points of each member state of the European Union.


My name is Matthias, I am 28 years old. Growing up close to the Alps I have been hiking basically all my life. I love being outdoors and exploring the nature. When I am not doing this I am working in media management or follow up on my other passion of cooking and baking.

On this site I will share my experiences along the road to achieve the challenge I set myself. Furthermore, I will blog about my other hiking trips as well as media about the outdoors.

/ Matthias



My hiking companions blog about hiking and traveling in the North:

Travel North

Yummy and healthy vegetarian food:

Green Kitchen Stories

My favorite baking blog (only in Swedish):


Outdoor shops

Here goes my favourite online shop for outdoor gear and clothing (shipping to EU countries and some more):

Shop equipment for climbing, mountain sports and the outdoors at Bergfreunde.de

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