The Top 10 Adventure Stories of 2011

Outside picks the biggest people, places, and events of the last year

The headliners

The headliners     Photo: Screenshots from YouTube

Let's list some of the ways 2011 was a memorable year for adventure news. In surfing, Garrett McNamara may have surfed the biggest wave ever off the coast of Portugal, Sion Milosky drowned at Maverick’s, the ASP announced they will institute drug testing, and Carissa Moore became the youngest woman to win an ASP title and was invited to surf the Triple Crown with the boys. In climbing, Adam Ondra completed two V16 boulder problems, a 9-year-old amazed at Hueco Tanks, and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner became the first woman to bag all 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. In expedition news, Conrad Anker and crew conquered Shark’s Fin after a failed summit bid in 2008, Felicity Aston set off on a solo crossing of Antarctica, and Jon Turk and Erik Boomer circumnavigated Ellesmere Island. In survival, a grizzly bear attacked a NOLS expedition, a helicopter rescued a dog, and a UK decision to privatize helicopter rescues led to a debate about whether the United States should do the same. In running, Sammy Wanjiru died of mysterious causes, the Kenyans dominated marathons, and U.S. distance running continued to improve. In viral videos, Jeb Corliss flew through a cave in China, an ungulate attacked a mountain biker, Yves Rossy flew in a jetpack over the Grand Canyon, and Danny MacAskill redefined grace on two wheels, again. None of the above stories made our list of the biggest news of the year. Click ahead to find out what did.

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