Adam Ondra from 2014 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year

2014 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year

Adam Ondra

Bernardo Gimenez

Czech rock climber who takes climbing to new frontiers of difficulty. During the first ascent of "La dura dura" 9b+ (5.15c) probably the hardest route in the world. Oliana, Spain. Photo by Bernardo Gimenez, courtesy of National Geographic Adventurers of the Year 2014.

Amy and Dave Freeman

Van Conrad

American adventurers and educators who completed a three-year, 11,647-mile journey across North America by kayak, canoe, dogsled and foot, connecting with students and teachers along the way. Shown here, Amy and Dave Freeman skiing across Great Bear Lake, Canada. Photo by Van Conrad, courtesy of National Geographic Adventurers of the Year 2014.

Greg Long

Fred Pompermayer

American big-wave surfer who won the 2012/13 Big-Wave World Tour,  despite nearly losing his life in a massive wipeout a few months earlier. Photo by Fred Pompermayer, courtesy of National Geographic Adventurers of the Year 2014.

JP Auclair

Chris O'Connell

Canadian skier who is best known for his special style of urban skiing. Photo by Chris O'Connell, courtesy of National Geographic Adventurers of the Year 2014.

Kilian Jornet Burgada

Sébastien Montaz-Rosset

Spanish “skyrunning” ultrarunner whose new brand of running involves blazing up technical terrain such as glaciers, rock ridges and steep snowfields. Shown here climbing the Matterhorn in climbing time record. Photo by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset, courtesy of National Geographic. See all the winners at National Geographic Adventurers of the Year 2014.