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Meet the 10 Most Inspiring Adventurers of the Year

For 12 years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find the Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, or humanitarianism. A record number of votes were cast this year to determine the 2017 People's Choice Adventurer of the Year, Nepali trail runner Mira Rai.

National Geographic honors adventurers whose passion, creativity, and commitment to goals results in incredible stories set in the outdoors. As various risks are inherent to these activities, we do not endorse your participation in any dangerous or hazardous activities.