Meet the Adventurers of the Year—and Vote for Your Favorite!


For 11 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, or humanitarianism. Get to know this year’s honorees, then vote for the 2016 People’s Choice. (Nat Geo Adventure)

Play our game to explore like a Nat Geo adventurer, or get started with the adventure in your community with our fun booklist.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including a chance to vote for the 2016 People’s Choice for Adventurer of the Year!

Discussion Ideas

Meet the Mountaineer!

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“I had seen a lot of women climb Everest,” says Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, “but I had never seen any women guiding. I decided I wanted to make that my profession to encourage other women.”
Photograph by Jodi Cobb, National Geographic


Meet the Boundary Breakers!


Meet the Climbers!


Meet the Exploratory Kayakers!

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“Just being beside the river changed my whole decision-making process,” says Benny Marr. “[It went] from this gorge that I’m just seeing photos of and trying to make a decision on how feasible the whole expedition sounds, to being at a river, which is the environment that I’m very comfortable in. And, at that point, I got way more excited about it, and ready to drop in and just start problem-solving.”
Photograph by Chris Johns, National Geographic


Meet the Long-Distance Kayaker!


Meet the Ski Mountaineers!

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“The next list is the Bicentennials, which is the 200 highest mountains, and they’re all above 13,600 [feet],” says Chris Davenport.
Photograph by Paul Chesley, National Geographic


Meet the Solar Pilots!


Meet the Trail Runner!


Meet the Wildlife Heroes!

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“From national park land, to forest land, to BLM land, to private land, these animals need the freedom to move across them with the seasons. In other words, they need the freedom to roam,” says Joe Riis.
Photograph by Robb Kendrick, National Geographic


Meet the Wilderness Protector!


Which adventurers intrigue you the most? Vote for them here!



Nat Geo: Adventurers of the Year 2016

Nat Geo: Adventurers of the Year: People’s Choice Vote

Nat Geo: Go on a Family Adventure game

Nat Geo: The Adventure in Your Community booklist

Nat Geo: 1-Page Maps

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