Spirit of Adventure

Dave and Amy Freeman
Dave and Amy Freeman
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What Adventure: Wilderness Classroom

Known For: The couple and their sled dog Fennel spent the last three years on a nearly 12,000-mile wilderness odyssey from Seattle to the Florida Keys by way of the Arctic Circle. They kayaked to Alaska, hiked and sledged into the Canadian Arctic, and canoed 2,700 miles across the continent. They’ve shared the adventure with schoolchildren around the world, regularly sending new photos, videos and stories to their Wilderness Classroom website from some of the most remote places on Earth.

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Dominique Liboiron
Dominique Liboiron
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What Adventure: Saskatchewan to New Orleans

Known For: To honor his late uncle Mitch, who loved canoeing and New Orleans in equal measure, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to the Big Easy carrying Mitch’s ashes. Liboiron began his journey in June 8, 2012 and canoed through 12 states and along four major rivers, including the Mississippi, en route to New Orleans.

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Mark Kalch
Mark Kalch
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What Adventure: Missouri-Mississippi complete solo descent

Known For: Kalch completed a 117-day, 3,780-mile, source-to-sea descent of the Missouri-Mississippi River system. In completing the longest river in North America (fourth longest in the world), Kalch became the first person to ever to paddle the river from the system’s "utmost source" to where it empties into the ocean.

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Mary Catterlin and Amy Lukas
Mary Catterlin + Amy Lukas
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What Adventure: Lake Michigan in Dugout Canoe

Known For: Last summer Mary Catterlin and Amy Lukas, both 24, completed a three-month, 1,200-mile circumnavigation of Lake Michigan in an 11-foot, outrigger-equipped dugout canoe that Catterlin crafted herself from a cottonwood log. They demonstrate the power of initiative and the spirit to see a much-loved lake from a different perspective.

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Rocky Contos
Rocky Contos
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What Adventure: Amazon Headwaters Exploration

Known For: Contos spent six months in Peru paddling the four major tributaries of the Amazon from top-to-bottom, including the first complete descent of the new source river, the Rio Mantaro. This trip is also nominated for Expedition of the Year on the strength of its historic significance and all-around burliness. It gets a Spirit of Adventure nomination because of the way Contos travels-self-supporting out of his boat, traveling by bus between rivers and generally raising the dirtbag aesthetic to an art form.

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