It’s an adventurer’s challenge that few have ever attempted.
To complete the Explorers Grand Slam, a person must travel to the far reaches of the world, including the North and South Poles and the peaks of the Seven Summits.
For Roxanne Vogel, it’s just another challenge.
“I guess for me it’s always just trying to see if there’s a limit to what I can do and where that limit is,” Vogel said. “And I guess I haven’t found it yet.”
The Texas Woman’s University alum began venturing in 2012.
Ever since she climbed the Seven Summits.
On Mount Everest, she set a record by becoming the first person to climb from sea level to the summit of Mount Everest and back in just 14 days. This is something most take at least a month to do.
Now a Ph.D. a student, Vogel conducts research at TWU while her Australian university remains off-limits due to COVID restrictions.
While at Denton, she is working on developing a nutritional product that will help athletes deal with extreme temperatures, a situation she knows well.
Last year, Vogel ventured to Antarctica.
“It was definitely the coldest, most isolated environment I’ve ever been in,” she said. “At one point we started to run out of food and things looked pretty bad. We were stuck in a big storm. I even ended up getting frostbite on some of my toes so it was a crazy experience .”
Yet, as always, she ended the trip wondering what comes next.
And with the Seven Summits and the South Pole under his belt, the Explorers Grand Slam was the obvious next step.
“What the Explorers Grand Slam is is you climb all seven peaks to the highest peak on each continent, then you ski the last degree to the south pole and the north pole,” a- she declared.
The latter is all Vogel has left to complete a challenge that only a few dozen people have ahead of her.
It could also prove to be the toughest yet.
“You’re basically floating on a patch of ice,” Vogel said. “So where you go to bed one night might not be where you wake up the next morning, and there are breaks in the ice. So sometimes you have to go in the water and come out. And then there’s polar bears, so you have to wear polar bear protection.”
Over the next year, she will continue training to run long distances at high altitudes while pulling heavy weights.
And in the end, she hopes to be stronger, not just for herself but for those she hopes to inspire.
“The number one thing I always want people to take away with them is that your spirit is so much stronger than you think,” Vogel said. “And so, even if things don’t go the way you want them to, and you know it’s not the way you planned, you still have a bit in reserve. So you can always count on yourself. -even to get out of it.” .”