The Grand Slam
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So… what is the Explorers Grand Slam – the Last Degree?


It is probably the most challenging adventure explorers can undertake.


Seven summits on seven continents and both North and South Poles.


Just a small number of adventurers and explorers have successfully completed the challenge.


The peaks and the poles are listed below in the order Gary will attempt each one.


Not forgetting that Gary wants to attempt the Grand Slam in world record time, of course …

Mont Blanc, an excellent training range for Gary’s preparation


The South Pole


Antarctica, the coldest, windiest and driest continent on earth.

Vinson Massif, Antarctica


The coldest mountain on earth with temperatures plunging to -90 degrees F.
Height 16,050 feet.



The tallest mountain in South America and the highest in the Western Hemisphere.
Height: 22,481 feet.

Mount Kilimanjaro


Climbers experience five distinct climate zones, from arid equatorial conditions at the base to arctic conditions at the summit.
Height: 19,340 feet.

Carstenz Pyramid


In New Guinea. The bare, rocky and near vertical slope rises above a lush jungle environment.
Height 16,024 feet.

Mount Elbrus


The highest mountain in Europe in the Caucasus mountain range, Russia.
Height: 18,510 feet.

The North Pole


In the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

Mount Everest


The tallest mountain on earth in one of the most inaccessible locations on the planet.
Height 29,035 feet.



Otherwise known as Mount McKinley in Alaska. This peak experiences some of the worst weather conditions known to the human race.
Height: 20,320 feet.