This is Pat Burgener. Pat is 16 years-old and lives in Switzerland. He’s some kind of snowboarding prodigy.
The weather is poor this year, but that’s not stopping Ben Saunders from trying to break the world record for reaching the North Pole by land from Canada this year. All ski teams headed for the geographic North Pole from Resolute Bay, Canada this year cancelled their trips three days ago (March 6th) due to a raplidy dwindling time window for the trip and delays due to poor weather conditions (you can read the story on ExWeb here).
On Taiwan’s southern tip is a beautiful and bizarre stretch of coast where a unique geological cocktail of rock, including deep ocean stratum, sandstone, and coastal stone, has been moulded into alien-looking shapes by the violent wind and waves that whip and batter the coast.
This is the what it looks like.
Since 2005 National Geographic has held a contest to choose the most outstanding adventurer of the year. This year’s list includes people who have risen to the pinnacle all manner of extreme outdoors activities from trekking the length of the Amazon, to sailing across the Pacific Ocean in a prototype boat made of recycled plastic bottles, to smashing the world record for rowing across the north Atlantic.
Below are a few of my favorites. You can read all of the full profiles on NatGeo’s website.
My hero is a 7-year-old skateboarding prodigy from Los Angeles named Asher Bradshaw. Bradwhaw has been skateboarding for less than two years and he pulls stunts that I never could have imagined in my teenage skateboarding years. He’s sponsored by Streets of Venice Skateshop and SMA has even made a small custom deck for him. He’s already known throughout the world of skateboarding and has hung with some of the best in the world. There are even rumors that a full-length documentary about him is being made. Check out this video and see why.
Last month National Geographic listed the ten greatest discoveries of 2010. Among them are an earthquake that shortened our day, a glimpse of evolution in action with a lizard species in which some members still lay eggs, while others have made the jump to live birth, a study that says black holes are doorways to alternate realities (seriously), and, my favorite, a super cute pink fish that walks on it’s hands along the ocean floor.