The Explorers Grand Slam
North America, June 2017
Summit- 20,320 feet
Alaska, United States
Denali, is the highest mountain in North America. The weather is bad year-round, and it is known to be one of the most challenging of the Seven Summits.
South America, February 2017
Summit- 22,841 feet
Argentina, South America
This is the tallest mountain in South America, and it is highest in the Western Hemisphere. Aconcagua is also the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. Even with its height, it is considered a safe mountain to climb, as the routes are non-technical, although the lack of oxygen at high altitudes can cause problems.
Australia, October 2013
Summit- 7, 310 feet
Mout Kosciuszko is the tallest mountain in Australia. It’s located in the snowy mountain range on the borders of the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria, near to the Australian capital of Canberra. It is the smallest of the original Seven Summits and is the easiest to climb, with the hike to the top taking around 7 hours. It is believed that the local aboriginal people were the first to climb Mt Kosciuszko.
Africa, March 2014 | April 2017
Summit- 19,340 feet
This is the highest mountain in Africa. Located in Tanzania on the eastern side of the continent, close to the equator and a short distance from the border with Kenya. When climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, allows the climber to experience 5 distinct climate zones, from hot and arid equatorial conditions at the base, to artic conditions at the summit.
Europe, July 2012
Summit- 18,510 feet
Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe. Located in the Caucasus mountain range in Russia, close to the borders of Georgia and Armenia.
Oceania, October 2013
Summit- 16, 024 feet
Carstensz Pyramid is the only technical “rock” climbing of all the 7 Summits. Carstensz Pyramid sits in Irian Jaya, which is on the western side of the island of New Guinea located in Indonesia. The bare, rocky and near-vertical slopes of Carstensz Pyramid rise above the lush jungle environment, which make the weather extremely hot and humid. One way to go is the Sugapa route that traverses rugged jungles, forests and alpine terrain for almost 80 km.
Antarctica, November 2018
Summit- 16,050 feet
Mount Vinson is the highest mountain in Antarctica. It is also the most southerly of the Seven Summits, lying at 78° S, and the coldest, with temperatures falling to -90°F. It is included in the Ellsworth Mountain range near the Antarctic Peninsula, and it is in territory administered by Chile under the Antarctic Treaty. Vinson very hard to get to. The only way to access it is by ski plane from Punta Arenas in Chile, which is only able to fly occasionally due to the weather.
Asia, Scheduled April/May 2019
Summit- 29,030 feet
Border between Nepal and Tibet
Mount Everest is in the Himalaya mountain range.
The North Pole is the northernmost point on Earth, at 90° latitude North, where all meridians of longitude meet and the only direction is south. It is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean in waters that are 4,000 meters deep that are covered with constantly shifting sea ice 2-3 meters thick.
The South Pole is found at the southernmost point on Earth, at 90 degrees latitude South, and it lies on the continent of Antarctica that is 1½ times the size of the USA, twice the size of Australia, and 58 times the size of the UK. It has 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of the world’s fresh water.