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Exhausted, Renan Ozturk contemplates the long descent of the Shark's Fin of Meru in the Indian Garhwal Himalaya after making the summit. The reaching the top is only half of the climb.
Photo by Jimmy Chin
Explorer Mike Libecki is the consummate adventurer who shows no signs of slowing down—2012 was his busiest year yet. In east Greenland, Libecki climbed icebergs, and just getting to the site from the boat was a challenge. Once there, the danger was that the floating ice he climbed would flip, causing him to drown or be crushed.
Photo by Keith Ladzinski
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National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Nominees 2013


From 1/11/2013 to 16/01/2013 you can cast your vote for the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2013.

Voting for the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2013 is now online and in the prestigious list of ten there are - understandably - some of the most extraordinary athletes and adventurers of their respective categories. These include England's Lizzy Hawker (5 Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc victories), Austrian BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner (the first to jump from 39km above the earth) and American snowboarder Jeremy Jones. It's great to see that three ace alpinists have been nominated, too: tireless American Mike Libecki, his compatriot Renan Ozturk (who ascended Meru this year with Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin), and Austria's David Lama who's in the running thanks above all to his first free ascent of the Cerro Torre Compressor route last January.

Voting remains open until 16 January 2013 (it is possible to vote once a day) and last year the almost 72000 votes cast awarded Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa and Sano Babu Sunuwar for their ascent of Mount Everest, the paraglider flight off the summit and kayak paddle all the way from Nepal to the Bay of Bengal.

Felix Baumgartner — Austrian BASE jumper
Josh Dueck — Canadian skier
Steve Fisher — South African kayaker
Shannon Galpin — American humanitarian
Lizzy Hawker — British ultrarunner
Jeremy Jones — American snowboarder
David Lama — Austrian climber
Mike Libecki — American explorer
Ramon Navarro — Chilean surfer
Renan Ozturk — American artist





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