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Ultra Running Legend Scott Jurek Sets New Appalachian Trail Speed Record

Cheers!!! #SJAT15 #GeorgiaToMaine #EatAndRun A photo posted by Scott Jurek (@scottjurek) on Jul 12, 2015 at 11:14am PDT Vegan ultra running legend Scott Jurek just ran 2,200 miles to complete his masterpiece. Powered by plants and fighting through a knee injury and then a severe quadricep strain, Jurek set a new supported speed record on…

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…

Video: Kayak Over a Waterfall, Ulitmate Adventure Bucket List

Video by Aurora Photos Attempting a new waterfall record in a kayak requires a lot of scouting, an acceptance that you’ll probably get at least a little hurt, and, perhaps most important, an unquestionable belief in one’s own immortality. And yet, in recent years, waterfalls have proven an irresistible, if dangerous, frontier for young-gun pro…

Swedish Free Diver Annelie Pompe on What She Loves About Oxygen Deprivation (Interview)

By Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph by Stephane Bailliez The Scandinavians have long been known for their polar exploration so it came as a surprise to us when a Swedish woman named Annelie Pompe snatched the new free diving world record in the Variable Weight Apnea class in October. The smiley 29-year-old rode a weighted sled 126…

Felix Baumgartner Prepares for Highest Skydiving Attempt in History

By Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph by Luke Aikins/Red Bull Photofiles See more daring adventurers in our photo gallery >> Felix Baumgartner loves going to high places and jumping off. Whether it’s airplanes, or cliffs, or the top of the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, the 41-year-old Austrian has thrown himself off of it…

Photo: Alex Honnold Breaking Speed Climbing Records in Yosemite

Thanks to Tom Evans for this photo of Alex Honnold's record-setting speed climb on El Cap last month. Check out Honnold and other remarkable adventurers in our Today's Ultimate Adventurers photo gallery. We also need your tips! If you know of someone taking on an extraordinary adventure, please drop me an email at mpotts@ngs.org. Alex…

Adventure in 60 Seconds: This Week in Exploration

It has been a wild week in adventure: Man has confronted nature with every type of result, but in the end, it was the women who stole the show. —By Tetsuhiko Endo MOUNTAINS Spring is always hectic in the Himalaya and 2010 has been no different. This week proved to be noteworthy for both its…

Teens Race to Become Youngest Solo Sailor Ever

Zac Sunderland, 17, just set the world record for becoming the youngest person to solo sail around the globe. But that record may be short lived, as he already has four challengers—a slightly younger British teen (in the video, above), a 16-year-old Australian, a 13-year-old girl… and even his younger sister. Major props to these…

Canadian Trio Claims New South Pole Record

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo On Januray 7, a trio of Canadians claimed to have completed their trek across Antarctica to the South Pole in a record breaking 33 days 23 hours and 30 minutes, according to  explorersweb.com. Their new record would outstrip the one set earlier this season by American Todd Carmichael (39 days 7…