Allow us to introduce the outstanding individuals who made our year in adventure with their remarkable achievements in exploration, conservation, and adventure sports. Click on a candidate's name or picture to access in-depth profiles. Each embodies a unique spirit of adventure.

Our voting for the People's Choice Adventurer of the Year has now ended. We will announce the winner on February 28, 2012.

Features

  • 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.