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  Texan Stuart Smith has become the first American to complete the Adventure Grand Slam.


Texan Stuart Smith has become the first American to complete the Adventure Grand Slam. The AGS consists of the Seven Summits plus the North and South Poles.  Smith finished the Slam on December 28, 2004 on a 725 mile ski all the way trip from Hercules Inlet on the west coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.  The trip started on November 3 with eight skiers on two different trips.  After injuries resulted in several departures from the trips, the remaining members merged into one group in mid-November, and five of the eight completed the trip.  In addition to the "first" which Smith accomplished on this trip, other "first" accomplishments for the group besides Smith's included the first Australian woman to ski all the way to the South Pole (Linda Beilharz),  the first Canadian woman to ski all the way to both poles (Denise Martin), and the first Scottish expedition to the South Pole (Craig Mathieson).  The fifth member was Hannah McKeand of the UK.  Denise Martin of Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions led the trip.

Smith reached the North Pole in April 2004 on a last degree trip organized and led by Borge Ousland.  His Seven Summits adventures stretched over sixteen years from 1987 to 2003.  He reached the summit of Everest on May 16, 2002 on a non-guided expedition organized by Eric Simonson.  His first of the Seven Summits was Kilimanjaro in August 1987, and the final one was Vinson Massif in December 2003.  

Smith is a 45 year old lawyer who practices civil trial law in his hometown of Waco, Texas.  He says that he could not have completed the Slam without the support of his most patient wife of twenty-two years, Elizabeth, and of the co-workers who have helped with his caseload while he was out of the office.  He would also like to thank all of the many teammates with whom he has shared these adventures over the years.

Smith is believed to the seventh person in the world to finish the Adventure Grand Slam. Let us know if others has finished the poles as we do not track the poles...

 

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