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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