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