For nine years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find the Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, and humanitarianism. This year, we picked people who embody the spirit of adventure in diverse ways—a sky runner reinventing the rules; a skier reimagining his backyard; a climber seeking the hardest routes; a solo woman walking across the globe; a pair of veterans creating community where it's needed most; and five more incredible feats.

Get to know them in photos and interviews. Then vote every day for the People's Choice Adventurer of the Year.

Photos, Interviews, Vote!

  • Picture of Amy and Dave Freeman

    Meet the Adventurers

    From a couple educating and inspiring kids to love the outdoors to a woman wandering solo across the globe, these adventurers live life with dedication to their dreams—and on their own terms. Read the interviews.

  • Picture of Adam Ondra climbing La Dura Dura, Spain

    Photo Gallery

    Two alpinists' daring first ascent; a snowboarder's transformation; a long-distance swimmer's longtime goal achieved; a big-wave surfer's inspiring comeback; and more. See photos of the honorees in action.

  • Picture of Dynafit Vulcan Backcountry Ski Boots

    Gear of the Year

    Most of the natural world hibernates when the days get short and the nights get cold. But the cycle of gear innovation never stops—and it doesn't even slow down. The proof is in these 25 game-changing new products, the best of the season.