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  Rob and Jo Gambi - 7 Summits and North and South Poles: completing the Adventure Grand Slam too


 

Below the key details of our ascents of the 7 summits and our arrival at the North and South Poles on foot (skis).

My wife and I (Rob and Jo Gambi, married 7th September 1996) have summited each of the 7 summits together arriving at each summit at the same time and similarly for the North and South poles. We were able to achieve each objective on our first attempt. 

I (Rob) had cancer twice, with the most recent episode being in 2000/2001, and this was the reason for taking some time out of work. We are very happy that I have been healthy and we have been able to do all of these expeditions together, successfully and safely.

We believe (to the best of our knowledge) the following:

(i) We are the first couple to complete the 7 summits and arrive at both poles on foot (skis)

(ii) Jo is the first female to complete the 7 summits and arrive at both poles on foot (skis).

(iii) Rob is the first Australian to complete the 7 summits and arrive at both poles on foot (skis).

We have completed the 7 summits in 1 year and 38 days.

We have completed the 7 summits and both poles in 1 year 313 days.

As an aside during this time i.e. 12th June 03 to 20th April 05 we have also climbed Cho Oyo, Ama Dablam, Island Peak (all in the Himalayas), Mt Shinn (Antartica) and Cerro Fitzgerald (Argentina).

7 SUMMITS /2 POLES DETAILS

 

  1. MCKINLEY/DENALI

Route: West Buttress

Summit Day: 12th June 2003

Team Members:           Arthur Samaras

                                    Edward Buckingham

                                    Jeff Hoke

                                    Jim Wood

                                    Juliet Edwards

 

  1. KILIMANJARO

Route: Umbwe and Western Breach

Summit Day: 30th July 2003

Team Members:           Ken Benison

                                    Michael Rush

                                    Mike Tucker

                                    Rhodri Thomas

                                    Rick James

                                    Shane Carmody

 

  1. VINSON

Route: Branscombe Glacier

Summit Day: 15th December 2003

Team Members:           David Hamilton

 

  1. SOUTH POLE

Route: The last degree.

Arrival Day: 29th December 2003

Team Members:           Bruno Rodi

                                    Jason Rodi

 

  1. ACONCAGUA

Route: New variation of Vacas Valley Route

Summit Day: 26th January 2004

Team Members:           Lisa Pettenuzzo

                                    Sherrie Soltis

 

  1. KOSCIUZSKO

Route:  South Side via Blue Lake

Summit Day: 7th March 2004

Team Members:           We did this mountain together on our own.

 

 

  1. EVEREST

Route: North Col/North East Ridge

Summit Day: 24th May 2004

Team Members:           Andy Marquis

                                    Barry Roberts

 

  1. ELBRUS

Route: Terskol south east route

Summit Day: 20th July 2004

Team Members:           Cheryl Bart

                                    Jeff Johnson

                                    John Rost

                                    Len Stanmore

                                    Nikki Bart

 

  1. NORTH POLE

Route: The last degree

Arrival Day: 20th April 2005

Team Members:           Ragnar Lien

                                    Petter Spiten

                                    Helen Turton

                                    Jeremey Barnes

                                    Thorleif Nokleby

Completing the Adventure Grand Slam. They did the ‘last degree’ to the poles, not the coast to poles.

 

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