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Adventurers of the Year: They Did It!
National Geographic Adventure presents 15 remarkable people who dared to dream big in 2007.    Music by  5Alarm Music

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Andrew Skurka Hiking the Great Western Loop
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2007 Lifetime Achievement:
Richard Branson and Will Steger

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December 7, 2007

In our December 2007/January 2008 issue's Best of Adventure cover story (on newsstands now), we pay tribute to 15 extraordinary people (see the list below) who dared to dream big and succeeded this year. F
rom retracing Genghis Khan's route to Europe to determining the human cost of civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, these adventurers' feats span the globe, push boundaries, and capture the true spirit of adventure (read about their achievements >>).

The overall 2007 Adventurer of the Year title went to
Andrew Skurka for his Great Western Loop hike, covering 6,875 miles (11,064 kilometers) over seven months through five major mountain ranges, 12 national parks, and 75 wilderness areas.

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2007 Adventure Heroes: 
Adventurer of the Year: Andrew Skurka:
Seven Months and 6,875 Miles (11,064 kilometers) in Nothing But Wildlands
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Andrea Palos and Gabor Rakonczai:
Crossing the Atlantic on Willpower Alone

Colleen Hardy:
Giving a Voice to a People in the Heart of Wildest Congo

Mike Fay:
Revealing the Planet's Secret Riches

Angelika Brandt:
Plumbing the Antarctic Depths for New Forms of Life

Børge Ousland and Thomas Ulrich:
Capturing the Last Great Prize of the Far North

Sarah and Eric McNair-Landry:
Riding the Wind Over the Greenland Ice Sheet

Tim Cope:
Chasing the Khan Across the Eurasian Steppe

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Knocking Down First Descents at the World's Edge

Steve Bogaerts, Robbie Schmittner, and Sam Meacham:
Diving the Underground Passages of Mexico's Yucatán

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