Explorer's Grand Slam
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The Explorer's 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, Elbrus, Vinson, and Puncak Jaya or Kosciuszko). Purists also include a submarine expedition to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, but this is not necessary by most popular accounts.
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 Explorer's 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 Explorer's 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 Explorer's 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 Adventurer's Grand Slam is achieved by also visiting the magnetic north and south poles. As of 2022, all terminology and guidelines regarding polar data records are being conducted under the Polar Expeditions Classification Scheme (PECS).
In 1998, David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to complete an Explorer's Grand Slam.
In April 2005, Park Young-seok became the first person to complete a True Explorer's Grand Slam.
In 2011, former Wales rugby union international Richard Parks became the first person ever to complete the (Last Degree) Grand Slam within a single calendar year, doing so within seven months.
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.
On April 22, 2013, Cheryl Bart became the first Australian woman and the 31st person worldwide to complete the Explorer's Grand Slam.
In 2014, Jing Wang became the fastest woman to complete the (Last Degree) Grand Slam in 142 days.
In 2014, Ryan Waters became the first American to complete the True Adventurer's 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 Explorer's Grand Slam (Last Degree).
On May 27, 2016, Colin O'Brady became the fastest person to complete the Explorer's Grand Slam (Last Degree), doing so in 139 days. He is the current world speed record holder for completing the Explorer's Grand Slam (Last Degree).
On April 12, 2017, Marin Minamiya became the youngest person to complete the Explorer's Grand Slam (Last Degree) at 20 years old.
People who completed the quest
Full Grand Slam (both poles from an outer coastline/shore)
In chronological order:
- David Hempleman-Adams
- Erling Kagge
- Fyodor Konyukhov
- Heo Young-ho
- Park Young-seok (first person to complete a True Explorers Grand Slam)
- Bernard Voyer
- Cecilie Skog
- Maxime Chaya
- Ryan Waters
- Stuart Smith
- Johan Ernst Nilson
- Wilco van Rooijen
Grand Slam (one pole from an inner coastline/shore and one pole from an outer coastline/shore or last degree)
In chronological order:
- Haraldur Ólafsson (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 (SP non-Coastal)
- Grazyna Machnik (NP non-Coastal)
- Jaco Ottink (NP non-Coastal)
- Jérôme Brisebourg (NP non-Coastal)
- Mark Shuttleworth (NP non-Coastal)
Last Degree Grand Slam (both poles from 89 degrees)
In chronological order:
- Sean Disney
- 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
- Khai Nguyen
- Taylor Sweitzer
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