Explorers Grand Slam

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The Explorers Grand Slam is an adventurer goal to reach the North Pole and South Pole, as well as climb the Seven Summits (Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Vinson, and two other chosen "highest mountain of the continent" designates).

Sir David Hempleman-Adams standing in Antarctica in 2018. He was the first person to complete an Explorers Grand Slam in 1998.
Vanessa O'Brien skiing the last degree to the North Pole as part of the Explorers Grand Slam in 2013. She was the first woman to complete the Last Degree in under one year.

History[edit]

The original concept involved the polar trips starting from accepted coastal points, involving long sledging journeys. Over time the significantly shorter, easier, and less serious "Last Degree" polar trips – from 89 degrees to the pole (at 90 degrees) – have been claimed as the Explorers Grand Slam (Last Degree). Currently, the climbing community and other leading organizations including the American Alpine Club, The Explorers Club, climbing companies such as International Mountain Guides, and the popular press all define the Explorers Grand Slam as having accomplished the Seven Summits plus (at a minimum - the last degree of) the North and South Poles. There is some consensus that a True Explorers Grand Slam means one will also have summitted all 14 peaks above 8,000 metres (26,247 ft) (14 + 7 + 2). Likewise, there is some consensus that a True Adventurers Grand Slam is achieved by also visiting the magnetic north and south poles.[1]

In 1998, David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to complete a Explorers Grand Slam.[2][3]

In April 2005, Park Young Seok became the first person to complete a True Explorers Grand Slam.[4]

In 2011, former Wales rugby union international Richard Parks became the first person ever to complete the (Last Degrees) Grand Slam within a single calendar year, doing so within seven months.[5]

On April 16, 2013, Vanessa O'Brien became the first woman to complete the (Last Degree) Grand Slam under a single calendar year, doing so in eleven months.[6][7][3]

On April 22, 2013, Cheryl Bart became the first Australian female and the 31st person worldwide to complete the Explorer's Grand Slam.[8][9]

In 2014, Jing Wang became the fastest woman to complete the (last degree) Grand Slam in 142 days.[10]

In 2014, Ryan Waters became the first American to complete the True Adventurers Grand Slam by skiing full-length, unsupported and unassisted North and South Pole expeditions and climbing the seven summits.

On April 21, 2015, Tashi Malik and Nungshi Malik became world's first twins and siblings as well as the first South Asians to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (last degree).

On May 27, 2016, Colin O'Brady became the fastest person to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (Last Degree), doing so in 139 days. He is the current world speed record holder for completing the Explorers Grand Slam (Last Degree.)[11][12][13][14]

On April 12, 2017, Marin Minamiya became the youngest person to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (last degree) at 20 years old.[15]

People who completed the quest[edit]

Explorers Grand Slam[edit]

In Chronological Order

  1. United Kingdom David Hempleman-Adams
  2. Norway Erling Kagge
  3. Russia Fyodor Konyukhov
  4. South Korea Heo Young-Ho
  5. South Korea Park Young Seok (1st person to complete a True Explorers Grand Slam)[4]
  6. Canada Bernard Voyer[16]
  7. Norway Cecilie Skog
  8. Lebanon Maxime Chaya
  9. United States Ryan Waters[17]
  10. United States Stuart Smith
  11. Sweden Johan Ernst Nilson[18]
  12. Netherlands Wilco van Rooijen[19]
  13. Iceland Haraldur Olafsson (SP non-Coastal)
  14. Singapore Khoo Swee Chiow (SP non-Coastal)
  15. United States Alison Levine (NP non-Coastal)[20]
  16. Jordan Mostafa Salameh (NP non-Coastal)[21]
  17. United Kingdom Newall Hunter (NP non-Coastal)
  18. China Zhang Liang (NP non-Coastal; 2nd person to complete a True Explorers Grand Slam)[22]
  19. Poland United Kingdom Grazyna Machnik (NP non-Coastal)[23]
  20. Netherlands Jaco Ottink (NP non-Coastal)[24][25]
  21. France Jérôme Brisebourg (NP non-Coastal)[26][27]

Explorers Grand Slam (Last Degree)[edit]

In Chronological Order

  1. South Africa Sean Disney (aka Mickey)
  2. South Africa Vaughan de la Harpe
  3. South Africa Sibusiso Vilane
  4. South Africa Arthur Marsden
  5. South Africa Andrew Van Der Velde
  6. United States Vernon Tejas
  7. United States Will Cross
  8. China United States Lei Wang
  9. United Kingdom Neil Laughton[28]
  10. United Kingdom Jo Gambi
  11. Australia Rob Gambi
  12. United States Randall Peeters
  13. China Wang Yongfeng
  14. China Ci Luo
  15. China Liu Jian
  16. China Wang Shi
  17. China Zhong Jianmin
  18. China Jin Feibao[29]
  19. China Wang Qiuyang
  20. United States Suzanne K Nance[30]
  21. United Kingdom Richard Parks
  22. Guatemala Andrea Cardona
  23. United States John Dahlem
  24. United Kingdom Matthew Holt
  25. Canada Switzerland Arnold Witzig
  26. Canada Len Stanmore[31]
  27. Australia Cheryl Bart
  28. United Kingdom United States Vanessa O'Brien[6][7]
  29. United Kingdom Sebastian Merriman
  30. China Jing Wang[10]
  31. India Tashi Malik [32][33]
  32. India Nungshi Malik [32][33]
  33. Egypt Omar Samra [34]
  34. Russia United Kingdom Maria (Masha) Gordon
  35. United States Colin O'Brady[11][12][13][14]
  36. United Kingdom John Moorhouse
  37. United States Victor Vescovo[35]
  38. United States Sean Swarner[36]
  39. Japan Marin Minamiya[15]
  40. United States Michael W. Grigsby[37][38]
  41. Germany Julia Elinor Schultz[39]
  42. Malaysia Muhamad Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin[40]
  43. United States Mike Gibbons[41][42]
  44. Greece Nikolaos Mangitsis[43][44]
  45. Spain Josu Feijoo[45][46]
  46. United States James Holliday[47]
  47. United States Joel Schauer[48]
  48. United States Alexander Pancoe[49]
  49. Iceland Leifur Svavarsson[50]


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