Explorers Grand Slam

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The Explorers Grand Slam is an adventurers challenge to reach the north and south pole and climb the Seven Summits.

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 meters. Likewise, there is some consensus that a True Adventurers Grand Slam is achieved by also visiting the magnetic north and south poles.

David Hempleman-Adams became the first to complete a True Adventurers Grand Slam in 1998.[1] In April 2005, Park Young Seok completed a True Explorers Grand Slam.[2] 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.[3] Cheryl Bart is the first Australian female and the 31st person worldwide to complete the Explorer's Grand Slam. She completed the North Pole on 22 April 2013 AEST.[4][5] 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]

In 2014 Jing Wang became the fastest woman to complete the last degree Grand Slam in 143 days and Ryan Waters became the first American to complete "True Adventurers Grand Slam" by skiing full length, unsupported and unassisted North and South Pole expeditions and climbing the seven summits.[8]

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

On 21 April 2015 Tashi Malik and Nungshi Malik became world's first twins and siblings as well as first South Asians to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (last degree). Achieving the feat at 23 years and 10 months, they also became the youngest persons ever to complete it.

Colin O'Brady is the current world record holder for the Explorers Grand Slam (Last Degree); he became the fastest person (male) to complete the challenge in 139 days on 27 May 2016.[9][10][11][12]

People who completed The Explorers Grand Slam[edit]

  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
  6. Canada Bernard Voyer[13]
  7. Norway Cecilie Skog
  8. Lebanon Maxime Chaya
  9. United States Ryan Waters[14]
  10. United States Stuart Smith
  11. Sweden Johan Ernst Nilson[15]
  12. Iceland Haraldur Olafsson (SP non-Coastal)
  13. Singapore Khoo Swee Chiow (SP non-Coastal)
  14. Jordan Mostafa Salameh (NP non-Coastal)[16]
  15. United Kingdom Newall Hunter (NP non-Coastal)

People who completed The Explorers Grand Slam (Last Degree)[edit]

  1. South Africa Sean Disney
  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. United States Lei Wang
  9. United Kingdom Neil Laughton[17]
  10. United Kingdom Jo Gambi
  11. Australia Rob Gambi
  12. United States Alison Levine
  13. United States Randall Peeters
  14. China Wang Yongfeng
  15. China Ci Luo
  16. China Liu Jian
  17. China Wang Shi
  18. China Zhong Jianmin
  19. China Jin Feibao
  20. China Wang Qiuyang
  21. United States Suzanne K Nance
  22. United Kingdom Richard Parks
  23. Guatemala Andrea Cardona
  24. United States John Dahlem
  25. United Kingdom Matthew Holt
  26. CanadaSwitzerland Arnold Witzig
  27. Canada Len Stanmore[18]
  28. Australia Cheryl Bart
  29. United StatesUnited Kingdom Vanessa O'Brien[6][7]
  30. United Kingdom Sebastian Merriman
  31. China Jing Wang[8]
  32. India Tashi Malik [19][20]
  33. India Nungshi Malik [19][20]
  34. Egypt Omar Samra [21]
  35. United Kingdom Russia Maria (Masha) Gordon
  36. United States Colin O'Brady[9][10][11][12]
  37. United Kingdom John Moorhouse
  38. Israel Andy Labay


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  21. ^ Nourhan, Magdi. "Omar Samra becomes 1st Egyptian to reach North Pole". The Cairo Post. YOUM7. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 

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