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Kim Hess

Kim Hess Pursues the Explorers Grand Slam
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Kim’s Story


There are 7 billion people that inhabit our planet, less than 60 have ever completed the Explorers Grand Slam, and 12 are women.  The Explorers Grand Slam is an adventure achievement comprised of climbing  the highest peak on each continent, known as the Seven Summits, and a traverse to the North and South Pole. Located in some of the most remote, unsupported, and harsh environmental areas on Earth, it is no surprise that every year people pay the ultimate price. Completing the Explorers Grand Slam is one of the most prestigious and acclaimed adventure achievements in the world.

I remember the first time I laid eyes on Mt. Everest. I was 8 years old and a dear friend of my parents was sharing her photos from her trek to Everest basecamp years before I was even born. I was mesmerized by the photos. I imagined standing on the summit it would be like going to the moon-a cute dream for a kid. I believe that was the day the seed was planted and I subconsciously began working toward conquering that dream everyday since.

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Completing the Explorers Grand Slam is just the beginning of her journey. Kim strives to spread the message that chasing an adventure, loving nature, overcoming obstacles, and being a big dreamer can lead to a greater sense of empowerment and respect for oneself and others. She especially enjoys sharing this message with young women, encouraging them to be as bold and audacious as she is.

“Kim inspired the girls to want to be her and to engage in the challenges of life, she motivated the young women to yearn for outdoor exploration and to find their own life purpose.”  – Denver School Educator

“I could not stop thinking about your story and I just wanted to reiterate my gratitude for the opportunity to hear it.  So thank you again and I look forward to seeing updates as you continue your dream…” – Student at Metro State University, Denver

“She was AWESOME! The nursing leaders as they left for the day shared how they were in awe of her and appreciative of the boost.” – UCHealth

“Thank you very much for presenting last night. Your story is absolutely amazing! I could have listened to you all night and I think it was a great way to end the evening.” – Editor at Steamboat Pilot & Today


The Explorers Grand Slam

The Explorers Grand Slam  is an adventurers challenge to successfully reach the top of each of the Seven Summits and a traverse to the North Pole and the South Pole. 51 people have completed this adventure achievement and only 12 of those have been women. With six of the Seven Summits completed I look forward to continuing my pursuit to become the 13th woman to complete this challenge and if all goes as planned, the youngest American Woman to do so.


South America’s tallest mountain is Aconcagua, standing tall at 22,841 ft (6962m). Perched in the Andes Mountain Range between Chile and Argentina, this mountain tends to be underestimated for its difficulty and grueling ascent.


The tallest mountain in Europe is Mt. Elbrus, topping out at 18,510 ft (5642m). Located in the Caucasus Mountains on the border of Georgia and Russia, this mountain is essentially climbed in one big push from basecamp.


The tallest mountain in Africa is Mt. Kilimanjaro, topping out at 19,340 ft (5895m). Located in the country of Tanzania, this mountain is special because you travel through 5 different climatic zones beginning in the jungle and ending on a glacier and is an inactive volcano.


Also known as Mt. McKinley, Denali is the tallest mountain in North America rising 20,320ft (6194m) above sea level. Some mountaineers believe Denali is more challenging than climbing Mt. Everest because it towers almost 18,000ft about the surrounding tundra, giving it more vertical rise than Mt. Everest.


The tallest mountain in Asia, and the world, is Mt. Everest standing at an astounding 29,035 ft (8850m). Mt. Everest is over 60 million years old and formed from the Indian tectonic plate pushing up and against the Asian plate. Lying on the border of China and Nepal, there are multiple routes to the summit.


Mount Vinson Massif: The highest mountain on the continent of Antarctica is Mt Vinson Massif peaking at 16,066ft (4,897m). It’s no surprise that this mountain is known as the coldest of the Seven Summits due to it’s location and harsh dry environment.


Mt. “Kozzie” is that tallest mountain in Australia with an elevation of 7,310ft (2228m). Located in New South Wales, this is the easiest of the Seven Summits as it is a simple walk to the summit and back.


The northernmost point on Earth, found at latitude 90° North, where all meridians of longitude meet and the only direction is south. It’s located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean amidst waters 4,000 meters deep that are covered with constantly shifting sea ice 2-3 meters thick.


The southernmost point on Earth, found at latitude 90 degrees South, lies on the continent of Antarctica that is 1½ times the size of the USA, twice the size of Australia, and 58 times the size of the UK. It has 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of the world’s fresh water.




Kim Hess Climbs Mt Everest II
Kim Hess Climbs Mt Everest II
Kim Hess Climbs Mt Everest II
Kim Hess Climbs Mt Everest II
Kim Hess Climbs Mt Everest II
Kim Hess Climbs Mt Everest II
Kim Hess Climbs Mt Everest II
Kim Hess Climbs Mt Everest II
Kim Hess Climbs Mt Everest II

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— Kim Hess

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“When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.”

Episode 3: Kim Hess climbs Mount Everest

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Steamboat Today


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9 News Denver

Colorado’s Kim Hess climbs Mount Everest, aims to complete “Seven Summits”

By John Meyer
The Denver Post

Coloradans summit Mount Everest; one shows Broncos pride

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Fox 31 Denver

Kim Hess, Chhiring Dorje Sherpa reach Everest summit

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Steamboat Today


Steamboat woman summits Everest … with Broncos flag!

By Allison Sylte
9 News Denver


Woman Summits Mt. Everest With Broncos Flag

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Colorado woman takes Denver Broncos flag to summit of Mount Everest

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Colorado climbers describe the havoc wreaked on Everest by earthquake

By John Meyer
The Denver Post

Kim Hess – An Earthquake on Mt Everest

Steamboat Adventure Magazine

Steamboat climbers reported safe after Everest avalanche

By Joel Reichenberger
Steamboat Today


Kim Hess’ high life coming to Everest
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Steamboat Magazine

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The Denver Post

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