Texan Attorney, World-Class Mountaineer and LTrek Featured Adventurer, Stewart Smith, was the first American and seventh person in the world to climb the highest summit on each continent and trek to both the North Pole and South Pole, an achievement otherwise known as the “Adventure Grand Slam.”
Stewart finished the “Adventure Grand Slam” on December 28, 2004. Stewart reached the North Pole in April 2004 on a last degree trip organized and led by Borge Ousland. Stewart summited Mt. Everest on May 16, 2002. His first of the Seven Summits was Kilimanjaro in August 1987, and the final one was Vinson Massif in December 2003.
Stuart has enjoyed travel and mountain climbing for many years, and he has combined those two hobbies into trips all over the world. Some of the mountains he has climbed include Cho Oyu in Tibet (the sixth highest mountain in the world at 26,906 feet), Gasherbrum II in Pakistan (the thirteenth highest mountain in the world at 26,340 feet) which he did without using supplemental oxygen, and Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. He has also climbed in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Russia, Tanzania, Antarctica, and all over the western United States.
Smith is an attorney who practices civil trial law in his hometown of Waco, Texas. Stuart Smith grew up in Waco and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors in 1985. He and his wife, Elizabeth, taught school in Kenya for a year through the Episcopal Church’s Volunteers For Mission program before he joined the Waco law firm of Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee.
STEWART’S CLIMBING RESUME
1. Carstensz Pyramid, Normal Route, October 2006 (Alpine Ascents)
2. Aconcagua, January 2006, Normal Route (second summit of mountain)
3. Ama Dablam, October 2005, Southwest Ridge (non-guided expedition with SummitClimb)
4. Vinson Massif, December 2003 (International Mountain Guides)
5. Mt. Elbrus, August 2003, Normal Route (International Mountain Guides)
6. Mount Everest, March-May 2002, summitted May 16 by Southeast Ridge Route (non-guided expedition led by Eric Simonson)
7. Gasherbrum II, June-July 2001, Southwest Ridge Route (non-guided expedition led by David Hamilton; without use of supplemental oxygen)
8. Cho Oyu, April-May 2000, Northwest Ridge Route (International Mountain Guides)
9. Huascaran and Pisco Oeste, July 1999 (Alpine Ascents)
10. Huscaran and Pisco Oeste (summitted Pisco and turned back at 20,500 feet on Huascaran due to bad conditions), July 1998 (Alpine Ascents)
11. Grand Teton, August 1997, Exum Ridge Route (Exum Guides)
12. One Week Snow and Rock Climbing in the Andes in Central Chile (Parque Nacional de Cypres) including probable first ascents of two minor 14,000 foot peaks, December 1996
13. Mt. McKinley, May 1996, West Buttress Route (Rainier Mountaineering)
14. Aconcagua, January 1995, Normal Route (Mountain Travel Sobek)
15. Four climbs of Mt. Rainier (including the seminars below), 1993, 1994, and 1996 (Rainier Mountaineering)
16. Volcanoes of Mexico (Orizaba, Popocatepetl, and Ixtacciuatal), December 1993 (Mountain Travel Sobek)
17. Mt. Kilimanjaro, August 1987, Standard Route
1. Basic Mountaineering Seminar – June 1993 – 5 days Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.
2. Advanced Mountaineering Seminar – July 1995 – 5 days Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.
3. Basic Rock Climbing Course – Spring 1994 David Owens, Instructor
4. Intermediate Rock Climbing Course – Fall 1994 Texas Mountaineers, Instructor
5. Winter Mountaineering Seminar – January 1996 – 6 days Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.
6. Intermediate Ice Climbing Course – February 1997 – 3 days Fantasy Ridge (Michael Covington, Instructor)
7. Intermediate Rock Climbing Course – July 1997 – 2 days Exum Guide Service (in conjunction with Grand Teton Climb)
8. Refresher Rock Climbing Course – July 2002 – 2 days
9. Outdoor Leadership Lab Climbing and Rappelling Course – May 2006 – 5 days (emphasis on building top rope anchors) Christian Adventure Association
1. Nepal, Annapurna Region, October 1992 (70 miles)
2. West Highland Way, Scotland, July 1995 (100 miles)
3. Offa’s Dyke, Wales, September 1999 (180 miles)
4. Baltoro Glacier, Pakistan, June 2001 (100 miles)
5. Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley, Nepal, April 2002 (140 miles)
6. Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley, Nepal, May 2004 (140 miles)
1. North Pole (last degree trip), April 2004
2. South Pole (all the way trip from Hercules Inlet to Pole), November -December 2004
State High Points:
Cheaha Mountain (Alabama), Mt. McKinley (Alaska), Humphrey (Arizona), Magazine Mountain (Arkansas), Mt. Whitney (California), Mt. Elbert (Colorado), Britton Hill (Florida), Brasstown Bald (Georgia), Mt. Borah (Idaho), Black Mountain (Kentucky), Driskill Mountain (Louisiana), Woodall Mountain (Mississippi), Granite Peak (Montana), Boundary Peak (Nevada), Wheeler Peak (New Mexico), Mt. Mitchell (North Carolina), Black Mesa (Oklahoma), Mt. Hood (Oregon), Sassafras Mountain (South Carolina), Clingmans Dome (Tennessee), Guadalupe Peak (Texas), Kings Peak (Utah), Mt. Rogers (Virginia), Mt. Rainier (Washington), Gannett Peak (Wyoming)