GGRIT - North Pole - Complete Explorers Grand Slam

My name is Meghan Buchanan and I am an Aerospace Engineer, Adventure Athlete and Motivational Speaker.
15 Dec 2022, I became the 1st Rocket Scientist to climb the 7 Summits!
In April, I intend on being the 5th US WOMAN to complete the EXPLORERS GRAND SLAM (the world’s 7 Summits and last degree ski to the No./So. Poles), and eventually 1st US WOMAN to complete the Adventurers Grand Slam. I am no stranger to taking on the impossible and defying odds. Through my experiences, I have focused my energy on overcoming learning disabilities, stereotypes, obstacles, and life-threatening injuries by applying my tools of GGRIT.
Dig in, grit it out and get better at dealing with any challenge. I hope to inspire and teach others to apply GGRIT to reach their full potential.

RAISE MONEY AND AWARENESS for individuals with DYSLEXIA and other learning differences (disabilities)! 100% of net proceeds will benefit: LDA: Learning Disabilities Association of America 501(c)(3)

Facing adversity as early as 7, when my family learned I am dyslexic, I was determined to overcome stereotypes and discrimination to pursue a career as a female engineer with learning differences. As a girl, I found release and acceptance in the outdoors, hiking with my father throughout Colorado. I first summited Kilimanjaro with him in 2005. This was all taken away (2011) in the back bowls of Vail, when I suffered a horrendous, life-threatening snowboarding accident, severely breaking my femur. Told I was lucky to be alive and I would have a cane the rest of my life, I once again had to focus and set my intent. After 2 years of intense physical therapy, a titanium allergy, and surgeries, I persevered to not only climb Kili again but to take on the GRAND SLAM (7 summits and expedition to the No./So. Poles).

1. Kilimanjaro (Africa – 19,300 ft)
2. Aconcagua (South America – 22, 838 ft)
3. Elbrus (Europe – 18,510 ft)
4. Denali (North America – 20,322 ft)
5&6. South Pole and Vinson Massif (Antarctica – 16,060 ft)
7. Everest (Asia – 29,029 ft)
8. Kosciuszko (Australia - 7,310 ft)

8. FINISH THE EXPLORERS GRAND SLAM - Last Degree Ski to the North Pole - April 2024 (2023 season cancelled)

The TRUE SUMMIT is the JOURNEY, and how amazing it is to be a part of the climb!
Help raise money and awareness for Dyslexia and Neurodivergence! Be a part of this epic journey to COMPLETE THE EXPLORERS GRAND SLAM (only 12 women have done)!

Cost breakdown ($35K remaining balance):
- Expedition:
• Permits
• Guides
• Barneo Camp Logistics and flights
• Expedition meals
• Team gear
- Trip Insurance
- Roundtrip Airfare 

Then, 100% of NET PROCEEDS BENEFIT:  Learning Disabilities Association of America 501c3
- Donation to LDA
• Identification and Prevention 
• Rights Advocacy and Protection
• Teacher Education
• Advocacy Tools
• Foster Research

<$200 - Add a name to Tibetan Prayer Flags* to be carried to the North Pole by Meghan

-1ST 15 PEOPLE >$200 - LIMITED EDITION** "Everest", "South Pole" or "Summit" SAVAGE, trucker hat
-$500 - Porter Level: "GGRIT" or LIMITED EDITION** "ARCTIC SAVAGE" trucker hat
-$1k - Assistant Guide Level: "ARCTIC SAVAGE 2023" sweatshirt and hat
-$2.5K - Lead Guide Level: SAVAGE swag, social media tag, 1-2 pics on expedition
$5k -  Polar Explorer Level:  $5K discount on future speaking event, SAVAGE swag, your logo in 2-3 pics/post on expedition
$7.5k - Summit Savage Level: 60 min virtual speaking event, SAVAGE swag, socials, your logo in 4-5 pics on exp & No. Pole.
$10k - Grand Slam Savage Level: In-Person Speaking Event, "GRAND SLAM" & "ARCTIC SAVAGE" swag, socials, YOUR LOGO in 6-8 pics leading up to, on expedition and at No. Pole.***

* Tibetan Prayer Flags are colorful, rectangular cloths that hung outside and used to promote compassion, peace, strength, and wisdom.
** These hats are not usually for sale, rather made for expedition teams, support crew and sponsors. Your chance to live the journey!!
*** Of course, completion not guaranteed. Logo must be appropriate and not offensive to others, and I reserve right to decline

"She shares her personal experiences in life and on the mountain, and how to apply GGRIT to reach your full potential. Meghan's humor and infectious energy inspires everyone; from youth outreach, work colleagues, patients/doctors in physical rehab, her climbing community, to speaking engagements. She will leave you wanting more for yourself and the confidence to achieve it. You should follow her journey through the EXTREME and share in the deeper discovery of GGRIT along the way."

Instagram: @GGRIT



Donations (8)

  • Liz on behalf of Bobo's
    • $500 
    • 2 mos
  • Lisa Miller
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • GSFM Leverington
    • $1,600 
    • 8 mos
  • Susan Long
    • $25 
    • 9 mos
  • Matthew Bednorz
    • $25 
    • 9 mos


Meghan Buchanan
Long Beach, CA

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