November 2, 1963
Seoul, South Korea
|Died||October 18, 2011 (aged 47)|
|Known for||First person to complete Explorers Grand Slam|
|Revised Romanization||Bak Yeongseok|
In May 2005, he became the first person in the world to complete a Explorers Grand Slam. He climbed the world's 14 Eight-thousanders, the Seven Summits, and trekked to both poles. He holds the world's third fastest time (behind Kim Chang-ho of South Korea and Jerzy Kukuczka of Poland) for ascending the 14 Eight-thousanders, the Guinness World Record for climbing six of the 8,000-meter Himalayan peaks within one year, and another record for reaching the South Pole on foot in 44 days, self-sufficient and without any food re-supplies.
|Name of Peak||Elevation (m)||Date of summit|
|23.||North Pole||Sea level||2005-04-30|
Park and his other team members went missing after their last communications on October 18, 2011 while attempting a new route on Annapurna. Young-Seok Park, Dong-Min Shin and Gi-Seok Gang decided to abort the climb at around 6400 meters due to heavy rock fall and went missing during the descent. Despite a dangerous and daring rescue operation to find the missing climbers, no signs of Park, Shin or Gang were found. The Korean Alpine Federation called off the rescue operation for Park and his team at 12:00 on October 28, 2011.
- "Mr. Park completes the Grand Slam". EverestNews.com. 2005-05-01. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
- "Korean Everest Sea to Summit marred by tragedy". thebmc.co.uk. 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
- "The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea – Korean Mountaineer Missing on Annapurna". English.chosun.com. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
- "Everest K2 News Explorersweb – the pioneers checkpoint". Explorersweb.com. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
- Woo, Jaeyeon (2011-10-31). "With Park Gone, Korea Loses Its Trailblazer – Korea Real Time – WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
- Young-seok Park's official website (Korean language only)
- Park Young-Seok summits Everest from Tibet – then traverses to the South side! (mounteverest.net)
- Mr. Park completes the Grand Slam (everestnews.com) May 1, 2005
- Arctic wrap-up: Tension increasing in Russia, Korean Park starting from Canada
- Breaking News: Park Young-seok (aka Mr. Park) has just became the first person to complete the GRAND SLAM! (adventuregrandslam.com)
- The North Face – Athletes – Park Young Seok