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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. Get to know all 10, then vote every day for the People's Choice through December 16, 2016. The winner will be announced in January 2017.

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.