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South America Circumnavigation

THE TEAM: Freya Hoffmeister

WHAT: A 15,828-mile, nearly four-year solo circumnavigation of South America by kayak

HOW: Fifty-year-old Hoffmeister began her South American circumnavigation on August 30, 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, not long after circumnavigating the continent of Australia. She initially expected to complete the nearly 16,000-mile-long clockwise circuit in three eight-month stages, returning home to Germany for four months each summer. In the end, it took nearly four years, but she became the first person to trace the rugged coastline of Tierra del Fuego in the process, and the first to circumnavigate the continent by kayak.

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