• Photo: Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa in a paraglider above Everest

    You Voted ... 72,000 Times!

    May We Present the 2012 People's Choice Adventurers of the Year

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People's Choice Award

For eight years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, conservation, humanitarianism, and adventure sports. This year, we selected people who are adventure innovators—a surfer riding giants; a skier landing the first sit-ski backflip; a mountain biker pedaling across cultural boundaries; a BASE jumper falling from space; and more. Get to know them in photos, interviews, and video.

Congratulations to People's Choice Adventurer of the Year Felix Baumgartner!

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  • Photo: Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa and Sano Babu Sunuwar

    Meet the People's Choice

    Your votes—nearly 72,000 of them—were counted. Presenting the 2012 Adventurers of the Year: Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa of the Ultimate Descent.

  • Photo: Danny MacAskill

    Photo Gallery

    See photos of our Adventurers of the Year in action, from summiting an 8,000-meter peak in winter to biking industrial Scotland and more.

     

  • Photo: A man free climbs a mountain in the Dolomites, Italy

    View Your Fellow Adventurers' Photos and Submit Your Own

    See our fans best adventure photos, and share your own. Tag them #adventure and they could appear in an upcoming gallery.

  • Photo: Carissa goes vertical on a macking off the top, at the ASP World Tour Roxy Pro in Biarritz, France

    Ten Inspiring Adventures

    They are 2011's most exciting adventurers: a young surfer breaking boundaries; a snowboarder redefining big-mountain descents; and eight more incredible feats.