Category archives for Adventurers of the Year

Swiss Climber Tackles 82 Summits in 80 Days by Foot, Bike, Paraglider, Skis

After climbing 222,651 vertical feet, cycling 326 miles, and notching another 275 miles on foot in just more than a month, Ueli Steck, a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, enjoyed an easy morning on last Tuesday at a campground outside of Sion, Switzerland. The 38-year-old Swiss mountaineer, best known for his daring, fast-and-light solo ascents of…

Trekking Australia’s Last Frontier: One Woman’s 500-Mile Survivalist Adventure

Sarah Marquis is drawn to solitude. That’s why she spent three years walking the estimated 10,000 miles from Siberia to Australia, and then across that continent’s big, empty backyard. And that’s why she’s on a four-month survivalist adventure in Australia’s Kimberley region she’s calling her “Dropped Into the Wild Corner” expedition. (Marquis was named a Nat Geo Adventurer…

Climbers Conrad Anker, David Lama Team Up in Zion, Next Nepal

It’s always exciting when different generations of climbers team up to dream up something interesting to do in the vertical realm. Case in point, legendary alpinist Conrad Anker and 24-year-old elite climber David Lama, one of our previous Adventurers of the Year, recently met up in Zion National Park to see if they might make…

Remembering Pioneering Climber Dean Potter

More about Dean Potter: 7 Pictures Highlight Climber Dean Potter’s Extreme Moments How Dean Potter Reinvented Climbing, Jumping, Flying Wingsuit BASE jumping, which is steadily gaining a reputation for being the world’s most dangerous sport, has claimed its latest victims. Dean Potter, 43, and Graham Hunt, 29, died from impact during a wingsuit flight from…

Adventurer Sets Record for Farthest South Swim on Earth

“‘Cold’ is a word that holds no meaning in a blizzard in the Antarctic Ocean. It was very difficult to breathe. I was gasping for air. I kept telling myself to keep calm. I’ve never experienced anything like it, ” says extreme swimmer Lewis Pugh of his record-setting swim. Pughs hands were warmer when they were stroking through minus-one-degree…

Exploring Lake Superior’s Spectacular Ice Caves

Millions of years ago, layers of sand were deposited by rivers, which turned into sandstone. Glaciers later transformed the sandstone into several miles of dramatic cliffs and caves along Lake Superior’s southern shore. Superior’s wind, waves, and ice continue to sculpt the sandstone caves of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore in Wisconsin. In the summer,…

Video: Yosemite Climbers on Dealing with Their New-Found Fame

Whatever public profile Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson had before they free climbed the Dawn Wall of El Capitan, it certainly got a lift once they reached the top. One of their first encounters with an adoring fan took place directly in the aftermath of their ascent, in the Yosemite Lodge cafeteria where the two climbers…

Facing Setbacks, Extreme Swimmer Prepares for Last Chance at Most Southern Swim

Adventurer Lewis Pugh has one last chance to break the world record for the furthest south swim in history. But the Antarctic is not kind to those who seek to push themselves here. Pugh, 45, has experienced setbacks and unspeakable pain while on his quest to make five Antarctic swims. But that will not deter…

Adventurer to Attempt Extreme Swims to Protect Antarctic Seas—in Just a Speedo

A man in a Speedo is no match for a curious sea lion. Extreme swimmer Lewis Pugh and his team came to that conclusion pretty quickly last Friday when one of the massive marine mammals began to stalk Pugh less than 200 meters into a planned one-kilometer crawl in the waters of Campbell Island, located…

Atlantic Kayaker Wins 2015 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year

Updated 2-17-2015 “If 67 years young can do it, you can do it, too.” — Aleksander Doba, who made the longest open-water solo kayak crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in history. The votes have been counted—a record-setting 521,000 of them. Our People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year  award goes to Atlantic kayaker Aleksander Doba. “It was the vote…