Hoaxers and Real Adventurers

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Remember Rosie Ruiz’s Boston Marathon win? Or, how about Jennifer Figge swimming 2,100 miles last year, from the Cape Verde Islands to the Caribbean’s Trinidad — in just 25 days?

Actually, neither of those really happened.

These are just two entries from Outside Magazine's list of the Top 5 Adventure Hoaxes of All Time that were posted on their blog yesterday.

Then, after reading about the phonies, check out some real outdoor adventurers from the past year.

For the 6th year running National Geographic Adventure is allowing the public to vote for their favorite adventurer of the year. These are individuals who made the Nat Geo list with their remarkable achievements in exploration, conservation and adventure sports.

From the list of ten nominees you can choose from inspiring individuals such as 12-year-old Matt Moniz who climbed to the highest point in all 50 states earlier this year - in just 43 days.

There's also 16-year-old Jessica Watson who made headlines back in May when she completed her sailing excursion around the world - alone.

You can check out the full list of nominees by clicking here. Read the candidate's in-depth profiles, and then cast your vote for the person you think best embodies the spirit of adventure.

You can vote every day until January 15, 2011. The People's Choice Adventurer of the Year will be announced in February 2011.

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