Guy Manning’s
Next Challenge

The Explorers’ Grand Slam

Only 63 people have climbed the Seven Summits and skied to both the North and South Poles, a feat known as the Explorers’ Grand Slam. After spending 12 years climbing the Seven Summits, my next challenge is to ski to the Poles, completing the Grand Slam and raising as much financial aid as possible for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

In January 2019 I will attempt to ski to the South Pole on the penultimate leg of the challenge. My South Pole expedition is entirely self-funded, so 100% of your donations will go to providing desperately needed financial aid to cancer patients in Cayman who could not otherwise pay for their treatment and care.

Everest’s Shadow
Vinson Summit
Khumbu Icefall Training
14K Camp, Denali

The Grand Slam Challenge

The Explorers’ Grand Slam is the challenge of climbing the Seven Summits and reaching the North and South Poles. The feat was first completed by David Hempleman-Adams in 1998. 63 people have now finished the Explorers’ Grand Slam, 17 reaching at least one pole from the coast, with 46 travelling the last degree of latitude from 89 degrees north/south.

The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. They are (in the order which I happened to climb them):

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania19,340 ft
Aconcagua, Argentina22,841 ft
Vinson, Antarctica16,067 ft
Elbrus, Russia18,510 ft
Everest, Nepal / Tibet29,029 ft
Carstensz Pyramid, Indonesia16,024 ft
Denali, USA20,322 ft

Still to go

South Pole
North Pole

The Charity
The Cayman Islands
Cancer Society

The CICS is a non-profit charitable organisation established in 1995. It receives no assistance from the government and is entirely reliant on donations which it receives from individuals and corporations.