Instead, the Australian set out to climb the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent. He happened to do it in record time.

“For me, the entire journey has been much more rewarding than simply achieving the record itself,” Plain said. “I always had the belief that I could do it. I knew it was going to take a lot of work in terms of training, planning, preparation. But it was that goal and determination to succeed that spurred me on during my recovery.”