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

SEVEN SUMMITS & TWO POLES

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.

Aconcagua

 

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.

Denali

 

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.