"You don't have to be the best, fastest, strongest climber to get to the top of a mountain. You just have to be absolutely relentless about putting one foot in front of the other."

--Alison Levine

Milestones

for the Adventure Grand Slam

In May 2010 Alison became one of a handful of people in the world who have completed the Adventure Grand Slam -- climbing the Seven Summits and skiing to both the North and South Poles.

1998

First ascent 1889

5895 m / 19,340 ft

Kilimanjaro

(Africa)

First ascent 1889

1998

First ascent 1874

5642 m / 18,510 ft

Elbrus

(Europe)

First ascent 1874

1999

First ascent 1897

6962 m / 22,841 ft

Anconcagua

(South America)

First ascent 1897

1999

First ascent 1962

4884 m / 16,024 ft

Carstensz Pyramid

(Australasia)

First ascent 1962

2000

First ascent 1913

6194 m / 20320 ft

Denali

(North America)

First ascent 1913

2001

First ascent 1966

4892 m / 16,050 ft

Vinson Massif

(Antarctica)

First ascent 1966

2002

First ascent 1953

8848 m / 29,029 ft

Everest

(Asia)

First ascent 1953

2004

First reached in 1909 (some dispute)

North Pole

First reached in 1909 (some dispute)

2008

First reached in 1911

South Pole

First reached in 1911

2010

Completes 7th Summit & Adventure Grand Slam

8848 m / 29,029 ft

Everest

(Asia)

Completes 7th Summit & Adventure Grand Slam
1998
First ascent 1889

5895 m / 19,340 ft

Kilimanjaro

(Africa)

First ascent 1889
1999
First ascent 1897

6962 m / 22,841 ft

Anconcagua

(South America)

First ascent 1897
2000
First ascent 1913

6194 m / 20320 ft

Denali

(North America)

First ascent 1913
2002
First ascent 1953

8848 m / 29,029 ft

Everest

(Asia)

First ascent 1953
2008
First reached in 1911

South Pole

First reached in 1911
1998
First ascent 1874

5642 m / 18,510 ft

Elbrus

(Europe)

First ascent 1874
1999
First ascent 1962

4884 m / 16,024 ft

Carstensz Pyramid

(Australasia)

First ascent 1962
2001
First ascent 1966

4892 m / 16,050 ft

Vinson Massif

(Antarctica)

First ascent 1966
2004
First reached in 1909 (some dispute)

North Pole

First reached in 1909 (some dispute)
2010
Completes 7th Summit & Adventure Grand Slam

8848 m / 29,029 ft

Everest

(Asia)

Completes 7th Summit & Adventure Grand Slam

May 23, 2010. Summit, Deconstructed.

Below is an excerpt from Alison’s Everest Blog.

We have lost radio contact with base camp. They have no idea of the weather conditions up high where we are. In order to not worry the people back home who are following our progress, they report on the cybercast that the weather is pretty good but there is an “increased chance of precipitation.” This is like saying that there is an “increased chance” Lindsay Lohan will be found passed out drunk of the floor of Les Doux. The reality was that just about every base camp manager of every major expedition on the mountain was worried about us and many stayed up throughout the entire night in their attempts to check in on us. It’s a tight group on the mountain. Everyone pulls together to help everyone. The good folks do anyway…

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