A former Keys man has achieved what few in the world have -- he's completed the so-called Seven Summits, climbing the highest mountains on each of the world's seven continents.
Dennis Kellner, a contractor who lived on Grassy Key and in Marathon, reached the top of Mount Kosciuszka in Australia (7,310 feet) on Oct. 11. Just a few weeks earlier, on Sept. 28, he reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (19,341 feet).
And as he did when reaching the previous five summits, he brought out the Conch Republic flag to celebrate.
Previously, Kellner climbed Mount Elbrus in Russia (18,510 feet), Mount Everest (29,028 feet) in Nepal, the 20,320-foot Denali (also known as Mount McKinley) in Alaska, the 22,841-foot Aconcagua in Argentina and the 16,067-foot Mount Vinson in Antarctica.
Kellner and his wife Tamara now live in Bonaire. But Tamara said in an e-mail that "we wanted to pass these pictures along to you and let you know that the Conch Republic was once again represented on the summit of a mountain."