2016 was a big year for human achievements. From medicine and technology to adventure, we as humans keep pushing ourselves to be better and better. Below are some of the most awesome achievements of 2016 when it comes to thrill seeking and adventure.
In April of this year, Martin Frey became the first person to scale the Seven Summits and sail the Seven Seas.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Seven Summits or Seven Seas, he published a map of his journey.
23 year-old Adam Ondra became the third person to free climb the Dawn Wall of El Capitán in Yosemite National Park just this past November. Free climbing means he used only his hands and feet and did not anchor himself using gear.
The 3,000 foot climb took him eight days which meant he slept on the face of the rock when he wasn’t climbing (presumably the only time he used gear as well). Ondra previously told National Geographic that El Capitán “is the hardest big-wall rock climb in the world,” but props to him for completing the arduous journey.
Valery Rozov set the world record for the highest base jump when he leaped from Mount Cho Oyu, which is 25,250 feet high.
Rozov is no stranger to feats like this–he actually beat his own record he previously set when he jumped from Mount Changtse, a 23,680 foot peak. In 2009 he also became the first person to skydive into a volcano crater.
On December 6th, 2016, Chris Bertish embarked on a solo paddleboarding journey across the Atlantic Ocean. He departed from Agadir, Morocco and plans to arrive in Florida four months from now.
His $120,000 custom paddleboarding vessel is quite a bit bigger than the board me and you use to go out on the lake, but it’s an incredible feat nonetheless.
Luke Aikins decided to jump out of a plane at 25,000 feet without a parachute, wingsuit, or any other survival gear.
He jumped into a 100-by-100 foot net and it was considered such a dangerous mission that the screen actors’ union issued a “do not work” order barring it’s members to not be a part of the production.