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Modern Adventurers

Updated on September 11, 2016
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A few hundred years ago the world was largely unmapped and people thought it was flat. Christopher Columbus, Lewis and Clark, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, and Edmund Hillary bravely sought out new lands and higher limits.

Now, with satellite imaging, Google Maps, and jumbo jets, the world can seem small and conquered. The romanticism of adventure can be thought to only reside in Star Trek and Indiana Jones films. However, there are still a few gifted adventurers finding unconquered adventures among us.

Richard Branson in his element.
Richard Branson in his element.

Sir Richard Branson

It might be easy to label him off as the founder of Virgin, the mega company that owns airlines, hotels, and a record label, but the man behind the red logo rivals Indian Jones himself.

Virgin Galactic

The front runner in the commercialization of space travel, Branson's new company will take passengers up into space for $250,000 a seat. Using specially designed aircraft, Branson hopes that travelers in the near future will be able to fly from San Francisco to Beijing in about an hour.

Deep Ocean Exploration

James Cameron beat Richard Branson to the bottom of the Mariana trench, but that hasn't stopped Branson from conquering other deep parts of the ocean. Forming Virgin Oceanic, he is making arrangements to pilot a submarine to five of the ocean's deepest trenches.

Space Tourism

One very manly man. The Wild's got nothing on him.
One very manly man. The Wild's got nothing on him.

My Favorite Autobiography

Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography
Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography

Bear's Autobiography about his life growing up in the UK, time serving in the British Special Forces, climbing Everest, and adventures as a television host. An inspiring story for anyone who seeks adventure and the testing of the human spirit.

 

Bear Grylls

You may know Bear Grylls as the man who eats weird animal parts, jumps off of waterfalls, and runs his way out of the wild on the hit show Man Vs. Wild. Although some of his tricks may be dressed up for show business and insurance polices, Bear's real life adventures have him beating world records like Evil Kinevil. The coolest part is that he does his stunts for some incredible charities like Global Angles and The Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Youngest Briton to Summit Everest

Only months after breaking his back in a skydiving accident, Bear Grylls became the youngest Briton to climb Everest and survive. During one of Everest's most deadly climbing seasons, he barely made it out alive, having been knocked unconscious while dangling down a crevice, and running out of oxygen above 26,000 feet in, what climbers, call the Death Zone.

Highest Paraglide

Returning to Everest, Bear piloted an engine powered paraglider over the world's highest mountain. Due to issues with the Chinese government, he wasn't able to fly directly over the summit, but took the machine up near it so that he was looking down on it from afar. He doesn't know exactly how high his specially designed machine went, because the altimeter broke, but it was definitely above Everest's 29,000 summit.

Longest Indoor Skydive

Along with double amputee Al Hodgson and Scotsman Freddy MacDonald, Bear Grylls spent a total of 97 minutes in a continuous free fall without touching each other or the walls of the wind tunnel. It may sound easy, but 97 minutes would be like doing 97 skydives back to back. Beyond the physical aspect of proper alignment while being blasted by 150 mile per hour wind, the amount of mental concentration required is astronomical. Bear was recorded saying, "By 1 hr 30 I was beginning to hallucinate" from the intense amount of concentration it took to not loose physical control.

Crossed the North Atlantic Ocean In A RIB

In the same seas that set the backdrop for The Perfect Storm, Bear Grylls led a team of five, in a ridged inflatable boat, from Nova Scotia to Scotland. For weeks, he was exposed to intense waves, freezing temperatures, mechanical failures, and hurricane force winds. Enduring extraordinary conditions, the team made it to Nova Scotia, but probably kissed the ground when they got there.

Bear Gryll's World Record Paraglide Over Everest

Alex Honnold

Only a handful of gifted and well trained climbers ever attempt big walls like El Capitan or Half Dome. Alex Honnold loves climbing them, except without one essential piece of essential equipment: a rope.

What's next on Alex's list of free climbing acheivments? Free climbing a skyscraper for a two hour special on the National geographic channel.

This Guy Is Insane

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Oh, I love to watch Bear Grylls, Jennifer. I didn't know he had such an amazing record on his name. Voted up!

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Thanks Mario, I look forward to digging into some of your pioneering Hubs. I'm always on the lookout for new ways to live a more simple and independent lifestyle.

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