Twenty of the world's top athletes and explorers share their wildest dream trips—a dazzling list of never attempted feats daunting to even these world-class competitors. For the rest of us, consider their must-do adventures—and start planning. —Kate Siber

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Photo: Smoke billows from geysers in Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia
Steam from fumaroles obscures the sky in Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia.

Photogrpah by Frans Lanting, National Geographic

Sarah McNair-Landry

Kite Skier

The 140,000 square miles of the Kamchatka Peninsula might as well be the edge of the Earth. Jutting into the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, it’s covered with mountains that top 15,000 feet, 22 active volcanoes, dense forests, alpine tundra, rivers simmering with salmon, a preponderance of grizzly bears, and an utter dearth of human beings.

But the wild peninsula piqued Sarah McNair-Landry’s interest simply with its sheer lack of kite-tangling power lines and towns. “I’d love to do a crossing of the Kamchatka Peninsula kite skiing,” says McNair-Landry, who has it on her short list of expedition destinations. “In my mind, it’s very wild, not many people go there, lots of bears, lots of volcanoes, cold. It would be a beautiful place to travel and to visit.”

Next: See Sarah McNair-Landry's Must-Do Trip: Polar Survival Course on Baffin Island, Canada

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Photo: Portrait of Sarah McNair-Landry
Sarah McNair-Landry

Kite Skier

Cold-weather queen Sarah McNair-Landry has skied unsupported to the South Pole—the youngest person to do so—kite skied 1,429 miles across Greenland, and kite skied more than 1,800 miles across the Northwest Passage.