2011 was a big year for Planet Earth, with revolutions, tectonic upheavals, new technology, financial lows—and even a few highs. All of these developments shifted the map for adventure travelers. Just how much was the driving criterion for how we picked the top ten stories below. We also added a few superlatives—like the world’s highest hotel, just in case you want to book a room on your way home from climbing in the Himalayas.
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