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Famous Firsts

For more than a century, members of the Club have traversed the earth, the seas, the skies, and even the moon, on expeditions of exploration. First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by our members.

North Pole - 1909

Robert Peary, Matthew Henson, and Ootah

South Pole - 1911

Roald Amundsen

Summit of Mount Everest - 1953

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Greatest Ocean Depth - 1960

Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh

Surface of the Moon - 1969

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins

Summaries by the Club Staff. Sources include: LIFE: The Greatest Adventures of All Time and Sir Edmund Hillary & the People of Everest, available from our Publications, as well as books and files of the Club’s Research Collections.

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