Explorers Grand Slam
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).
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.
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.)
On April 12, 2017, Marin Minamiya became the youngest person to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (last degree) at 20 years old.
People who completed the quest
Explorers Grand Slam
In Chronological Order
- David Hempleman-Adams
- Erling Kagge
- Fyodor Konyukhov
- Heo Young-Ho
- Park Young Seok (1st person to complete a True Explorers Grand Slam)
- Bernard Voyer
- Cecilie Skog
- Maxime Chaya
- Ryan Waters
- Stuart Smith
- Johan Ernst Nilson
- Wilco van Rooijen
- Haraldur Olafsson (SP non-Coastal)
- Khoo Swee Chiow (SP non-Coastal)
- Alison Levine (NP non-Coastal)
- Mostafa Salameh (NP non-Coastal)
- Newall Hunter (NP non-Coastal)
- Zhang Liang (NP non-Coastal; 2nd person to complete a True Explorers Grand Slam)
- Grazyna Machnik (NP non-Coastal)
- Jaco Ottink (NP non-Coastal)
- Jérôme Brisebourg (NP non-Coastal)
Explorers Grand Slam (Last Degree)
In Chronological Order
- Sean Disney (aka Mickey)
- Vaughan de la Harpe
- Sibusiso Vilane
- Arthur Marsden
- Andrew Van Der Velde
- Vernon Tejas
- Will Cross
- Lei Wang
- Neil Laughton
- Jo Gambi
- Rob Gambi
- Randall Peeters
- Wang Yongfeng
- Ci Luo
- Liu Jian
- Wang Shi
- Zhong Jianmin
- Jin Feibao
- Wang Qiuyang
- Suzanne K Nance
- Richard Parks
- Andrea Cardona
- John Dahlem
- Matthew Holt
- Arnold Witzig
- Len Stanmore
- Cheryl Bart
- Vanessa O'Brien
- Sebastian Merriman
- Jing Wang
- Tashi Malik 
- Nungshi Malik 
- Omar Samra 
- Maria (Masha) Gordon
- Colin O'Brady
- John Moorhouse
- Victor Vescovo
- Sean Swarner
- Marin Minamiya
- Michael W. Grigsby
- Julia Elinor Schultz
- Muhamad Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin
- Mike Gibbons
- Nikolaos Mangitsis
- Josu Feijoo
- James Holliday
- Joel Schauer
- Alexander Pancoe
- Leifur Svavarsson
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