Hempleman-Adams David (United Kingdom)

Hempleman-Adams David

Hempleman-Adams David

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Born 1956 in Swindon, David Hemplemann-Adams is an English explorer. He is the first man in history to reach the Geographic and Magnetic North and South Poles as well as climb the highest peaks in all seven continents, a feat he christened the Adventurers' Grand Slam.

He has made seven Arctic expeditions. His daughter Alicia Hempleman Adams became the youngest person to traverse Baffin Island in April 2005.

Major Achievements

  • 1984: he successfully completed a solo expedition to the Magnetic North Pole without dogs, snow mobiles or air supplies.
  • 1992: he led the first team to walk unsupported to the Geomagnetic North Pole.
  • 1996: he completed a solo unsupported expedition to the South Pole on January 5th, sailed to the South Magnetic Pole on February 19th, and led a team of novices to ski to the Magnetic North Pole on May 15th.
  • 1998: he joined with Norwegian, Rune Gjeldnes, to attempt to reach the Geographical North Pole, the final leg of his Grand Slam attempt, which he described in a book called Walking on Thin Ice.
  • 2000: he became the first man to fly a balloon over the North Pole, a trip that emulated the ill-fated attempt by Salomon August AndrĂ©e, a Swede, to fly to the North Pole in the 19th century and which he also described in a book called At The Mercy of the Wind.
  • 2003: he became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open wicker basket hot air balloon. The journey was from New Brunswick, Canada to Ireland.
  • 2004: he and co-pilot Lorne White flew a single engine Cessna from Cape Columbia in the north of Canada to Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America, covering 11,060 miles and arriving on July 23 after 12 days.
  • 2005: Hempleman-Adams staged the world's "highest" formal dinner party. Hempleman-Adams, Alan Veal, and fellow explorer Bear Grylls ascended to 24,262 feet in a hot air balloon. Grylls and Veal, wearing formal attire, then climbed down to a dinner table suspended 40 feet below the balloon and dined on asparagus, salmon, and summer fruits, and finally parachuted down to earth.
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