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From Molars to Mountaintops: Newfoundland Dentist Sets Out to Conquer 7 Summits

February 11, 2020
by CBC News


When people go on vacation because they need a break, they tend to go somewhere relaxing. When dentist Shannon Barker takes a break, he climbs a mountain.

Not just any mountain, either. Barker specifically seeks out the highest summit on each continent. First, Mount Elbrus in Russia, and most recently Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.

“You’ve spent so much time being goal-oriented toward this one goal and when you get to the top, there’s a huge emotional release,” Barker said.

“Most people that summit these mountains tend to cry at the very top.”

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