There are several modern adventurers who have made their mark in several activities such as trekking, cycling, snorkeling and others. Given below are the top 10 modern adventurers.
1. Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his 2 friends became well known for their expedition around the world using only surface transport. The expedition called the Transglobe Expedition could be completed in 3 years. Fiennes was named the greatest living adventurer in the year 1984 by the Guinness Records. Fiennes finished 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days in 2003.
2. Mike Horn
Horn, a South African modern adventurer started out on his expedition without the use of motor vehicles in 1999. Horn crossed South America on foot and traversed Africa by bike. He has also climbed 2 peaks of 8000 meters and reached the North Pole on foot. The Pangaea Expedition is a 4 year expedition led by him currently to foster the conservation of natural resources and protection o environment.
3. Bertrand Piccard
Piccard is a great adventurer and a scientist. He and his friend became famous for their balloon ride all over the world in 1999. This ride later came to be known as the “the last great adventure of the 20th century.” He is thinking of going around the world in 2011 in his own solar powered light weight plane whose development is under process.
4. Ed Viesturs
Ed Viesturs is a cautious climber and a high-altitude mountaineer who was almost successful in climbing the climb Mount Everest, falling short just by 300 feet. He was adjudged the first American to have climbed all fourteen of the world’s 8000 meter peaks in 2005.
5. John Goddard
He is a great adventurer who is known for various pursuits such as riding an ostrich, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and starring in a Tarzan film. He also has to his credit many world records as a civilian jet pilot. This modern adventurer has also retraced the steps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo and has explored the Congo and Nile river beds.
6. Tudor Parfitt
Parfitt is well known for his 20-year travel which began in the Zedekiah’s Cave near Jerusalem and spanned other countries such as Jordan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Egypt and finally in Zimbabwe.
7. Benedict Allen
While thinking of going on an expedition to the mouth of the Amazon from the Orinoco River, Allen decided to rely on sponsorship and befriend the local people so that he could be helped along the journey. He successfully crossed the Orinoco surmounting many obstacles on the way.
8. Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper
These two persons successfully completed their journey from magnetic North to the South Pole in 2008 which was a distance of 22000 miles. Natural and human power was only used by them to accomplish this daring feat. The two of them did not have any previous experience in dogsledding or sailing.
9. Jason Lewis
What Lewis achieved is recorded as the best feat on the list. In 1994, Initially Lewis and his friend Steve Smith had decided to go around the globe only by making use of kayaking, cycling, pedal boating or anything propelled by human power. Though his friend left the expedition mid-way, Lewis could successfully complete the same in 13 years.
10. Tom Avery
Tom Avery is the youngest Briton who reached the South Pole by foot at the age of 27. He is known for recreating the expedition of Robert Peary to the North Pole in 2005.Avery along with his team reached the North Pole in thirty six days, twenty two hours and eleven minutes faster than what Peary achieved.