The 2013 Adventurers of the Year

Over the past year, highly organized, well-funded teams pulled off an astounding number of firsts, sending a Hollywood director to the deepest spot in the ocean, landing a drone on Mars, and equipping a skydive from the edge of space. Presented here are our adventurers of the year. Enjoy! (Matthew Salacuse)
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Over the past year, highly organized, well-funded teams pulled off an astounding number of firsts, sending a Hollywood director to the deepest spot in the ocean, landing a drone on Mars, and equipping a skydive from the edge of space. Presented here are our adventurers of the year. Enjoy!

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(Damien Rosso)


The Stalwart

After four failed attempts, 63-year-old endurance swimmer Diana Nyad remains determined to swim the 103 miles from Havana, Cuba, to Key West, Florida. Even if it kills her.

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(AP)


The Visionary

The director of Aliens and Terminator 2 continues to push the boundaries of adventure both fictional and real. This year James Cameron designed and piloted his own submarine, the Deepsea Challenger, to the lowest known point in the ocean.

(Joe Pugliese)


The Globetrotter

At 51 years old, Erden Eruc completed a 1,026-day human-powered circumnavigation of the globe, and nearly lost his mind in the process.

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(Ryan Heffernan)


The Savior

Sherpas don’t make as many headlines as their visiting Western companions, but Lakpa Rita has summited Everest 16 times and has saved dozens of lives in his 20-plus year career.

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(Ryan Heffernan)


The Stuntman

The Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner captured the world’s attention last year when he leapt from a space capsule at nearly 130,000 feet and broke the sound barrier on his way down.

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(Matthew Salacuse)


The Space Hacker

Bobak Ferdowsi, the mohawked NASA engineer, is willing to do anything to get American’s interested in space again, whether that means getting insane haircuts or guiding the Mars rover to new frontiers.

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(AP)


The Queen of Rock

In 2011, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner made history by becoming the first woman to bag all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks … without supplemental oxygen. We’d like to see RGIII pull that off.

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(Grayson Schaffer)


The Auteur

If a skier crushes a mountain and no one sees it, did it really happen? Meet Dave Mossop, the filmmaker who’s attempting to revive what he believes is a ski film industry gone stagnant.

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(Mattias Fredriksson)

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