Seven Summits and Explorers Grand Slam

The Explorers Grand Slam (Last Degree) is an adventurers' challenge to reach the North Pole, South Pole and climb the Seven Summits. 

 

When the North and South Poles are reached by skiing from no closer than the 89° of latitude (69 miles or 111 km), this is referred to as the “last degree”.  The Explorers Grand Slam can also be achieved by starting at the coast, a much longer trek.

 

The Seven Summits refers to the highest mountain on each continent.  There are two common versions that qualify for the Seven Summits and I will attempt both:

  • Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Carstensz Pyramid (also called Puncak Jaya), and Vinson (the "Messner version")
  • Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Kosciuszko, and Vinson (the "Bass version")

 

As of 2017, 16 people are recorded as having achieved the Explorers Grand Slam by completing both versions of the Seven Summits (8 mountains) and reaching both Poles by no closer than the last degree, a total of 10 tasks.  A total of 46 people have completed one or the other version (7 mountains, 9 tasks).

 

More information on the Explorers Grand Slam (Last Degree) can be found at http://explorersgrandslam.com or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explorers_Grand_Slam#People_who_completed_The_Explorers_Grand_Slam

 

For more information on the Seven Summits, go to http://7summits.com or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Summits  

Scheduled, Planned, & Completed Events

                           

                        TRAINING EVENTS                                                         GRAND SLAM EVENTS

 

Mt. Rainier
Washington, USA for training

14,411 ft (4392 m)

May 14-19, 2017

RMI EXPEDITIONS

SUMMITTED​ (May 19)

 

 

Mt. Elbrus (Russia) 

18,510 ft (4892 m)

Highest mountain in Europe

July 21-August 2, 2017

RMI EXPEDITIONS

SUMMITTED (July 28)

 

 

Smith Rocks Climbing Seminar

Oregon, USA for training

September 11-14, 2017

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN GUIDES

COMPLETED

 

 

Carstensz Pyramid (Indonesia)

16,024 ft (4884 m)

Highest mountain in Oceania

October 16-28, 2017

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN GUIDES

SUMMITTED (Oct. 23)

 

 

Mt. Kosciuszko (Australia)

7310 ft (2228 m)

Highest mountain in Australia

October 29 - November 1, 2017

SELF-GUIDED

SUMMITTED (Oct. 31)

 

 

Polar Expedition Training

Lake Winnipeg, Canada

January 13-20, 2018

ERIC LARSEN EXPLORE

COMPLETED

 

 

Aconcagua (Argentina)

22,841 ft (6962 m)

Highest mountain in South America

Attempted:  Jan. 27 - Feb. 18, 2018

Reached Camp Piedras Blancas (19,500 ft) 

 

 

 

 

North Pole - Last Degree

April 11-25, 2018

ERIC LARSEN EXPLORE

COMPLETED (April 20)

 

 

Denali (Alaska, USA)

20,310 ft (6190 m)

Highest mountain in North America

Attempted:  June 4-24, 2018

Reached Camp 4 (14,200 ft)

 

Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)

19,341 ft (5895 m)

Highest mountain in Africa

First attempt:  August 5-19, 2017

Reached Barafu Camp (15,223 ft)

 

July 22-31, 2018

BARKING ZEBRA TOURS

SUMMITTED (July 28)

 

 

 

Vinson Massif (Antarctica)

16,050 ft (4892 m)

Highest mountain in Antarctica

Nov. 23 - Dec. 9, 2018

ANTARCTIC LOGISTICS & EXPEDITIONS

SUMMITTED (Dec. 5)

 

 

 

South Pole - Last Degree

December 10-21, 2018

ANTARCTIC LOGISTICS & EXPEDITIONS

COMPLETED (Dec. 17)

 

 

 

Mt. Everest (Nepal)

29,035 ft (8850 m)

Highest mountain in Asia (and on Earth)

Attempt:  March 23 - April 19, 2019

Reached Khumbu Icefall (19,000)

Summited Lobuche (20,000 ft)

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