Three Poles Challenge
The first person to reach all three locations was Sir Edmund Hillary. He reached the top of Everest in May 1953, the South Pole in January 1958 and made it to the North Pole in company with Neil Armstrong in April 1985. His son Peter Hillary has also reached all three.
Hillary flew to the North Pole. The first person to reach all three locations on foot was Erling Kagge. He had reached all three by May 1994, being 6 months faster than the next person. On 5 August 1997 Antoine de Choudens (France, 1969-2009) became the only climber to accomplish the Three Poles Challenge on foot without using supplementary oxygen on the Everest climb. Tina Sjögren became the first woman to complete the challenge in 2002.
Adrian Hayes set a speed record by completing the Three Poles challenge in 19 months and 3 days, between 25 May 2006 and 28 Dec 2007, breaking the previous record of 24 months.
Colin O'Brady became the fastest person (male) to complete the Three Poles Challenge in May 2016, setting the current record in 131 days as part of his successful attempt to break the Seven Summits and Explorers Grand Slam (Last Degree) speed records.
- Seven Summits
- Seven Second Summits
- Volcanic Seven Summits
- Explorers Grand Slam, also known as The Adventurers Grand Slam — the Three Poles plus the Seven Summits
- Mountaineers 5 Peak Pin
- "Sir Edmund Hillary; An Extraordinary Life" by Alexa Johnston first published 2005.
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