The Top 10 Adventure Stories of 2012

The year’s biggest expeditions, events, and feats, from the deadly avalanche on Manaslu, to a whitewater first, to Felix Baumgartner’s 24-mile fall

Jan 4, 2013
Outside Magazine

Felix Baumgartner.    Photo: Courtesy of Red Bull Stratos

The hardest part of making any list of the year’s biggest stories is deciding what to leave out. Here are some 2012 expeditions, feats, and events that didn’t make the cut: James Cameron’s 6.8-mile, solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, Shane Dorian’s paddle into two monster waves at Jaws, Greg Long’s three-wave hold down at Cortes Bank, David Lama’s climb of Cerro Torre, astronaut Donald Pettit’s photos of the earth from the International Space Station and grab of Elon Musk’s Space X Dragon capsule, that guy who finished his journey to visit every country in the world without traveling by plane, and the successful landing of the Mars Rover. Before you sound off on the picks, know that a few stories that would have appeared on this year-end adventure list based on past criteria will instead appear on a 2012 sports science list: Sarah Burke’s death, skier Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligety’s battles with the FIS, Oscar Pistorius’ Olympics, and Lance Armstrong’s fall. Now, go ahead and sound off in the comments section if you disagree.

10. Kilian Jornet's Down and Up Year
09. Jeb Corliss' Impact
08. A First and a Last on the Grand Canyon of the Stikine
07. Davey du Plessis' Struggle to Survive
06. An Avalanche of Deaths
05. Alex Honnold Climbs the Triple
04. A Fatal Year on Everest
03. 11 People Die in Manaslu Avalanche
02. Felix Baumgartner's Monster Fall
01. The Response to Hurricane Sandy

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