‘Everything you want is just out of your comfort zone’, the famous quote by the writer Robert Allen sums up the very basic belief of adventurers all over the world.
They risk their lives for the sake of exploring the unknown. They pay no heed to the dangers they may face, because they believe they only live once.
They seek to prove that there are no limitations for human abilities, except for the ones that are set by human themselves.
Here are 6 of the world’s most famous adventurers of impressive courage!
1) Marco Polo
No one is worthier than Polo for the beginning of a piece of writing about adventurers. He was an Italian traveler who undertook several travelings, mainly in Asian cities and countries.
Polo was the first explorer to give a detailed documentation of his experiences. All of his journeys were collected in a book called ‘’The Travels of Marco Polo’’.
In 1271, Polo, his father, and his uncle started their journey to Asia.
That date marked the beginning of Polo’s quest as a traveler with numerous adventures in Asia.
Later at the age of 24, Polo returned home to Italy with huge fortunes and treasures, and definitely an abundant legacy of experiences and changing events that enriched his life, giving it a new prominent dimension.
Polo is considered one of the most well-known historical explorers who inspired another famous later historical figure, Christopher Columbus.
2) Bear Grylls
Edward Michael Bear Grylls, known as Bear Grylls, is a British adventurer who is also a writer and a T.V presenter. Grylls was born in the UK in 1974 and he actually served in the British private forces for a while.
He is famous for his T.V show ‘Man VS Wild’, which includes stories and adventures for people who challenge nature and fight for survival. Grylls is one of the Mount Everest climbers who managed to reach the summit in 1998.
He undertook several other impressive adventures, such as crossing the Atlantic Ocean leading a five-person team and climbing a remote summit in Antarctica for the sake of raising funds for charity and propagating for the usage of alternative sources of energy in 2008.
In addition, Grylls succeeded in achieving a world record when he undertook the longest continuous indoor freefall which lasted for one hour and 36 minutes along with his American team.
One of Grylls’ most well-known saying about fear is “Fear is generally because we are not used to something — public speaking, speed, heights, etc. Take the time to get accustomed and overcome the fear with knowledge’’.
Grylls points out that fear is only in one’s head, and it can be overcome through knowledge, which can be acquired through continuous attempting.
3) Eric Larson
Eric Larson in an American explorer who was born in 1971 in Wisconsin.
He has always been fascinated by the ‘icy world’, Antarctica and the poles.
Larson enjoys setting off new journeys of exploration, paying no heed to the dangerous conditions of weather or any obstacles that may be on his way.
He went on his first North Pole’s journey in 2006. He took off from Ellesmere island heading to the North pole. He actually made it to the North Pole after spending 62 days in the icy weather.
Between 2009 and 2010, Larson was the first explorer to visit the North Pole, South Pole and Mount Everest within 365 days’ time setting a new record.
He went on what he thought to be his last North Pole’s journey because of climate change in 2014 when he crossed the Arctic Ocean on his way to the North pole.
Larson loves the areas of polar weather, which to his sadness, are exposed to speedy extinction.
4) Aron Lee Ralston
He is an American explorer who is famous for surviving a catastrophic accident in 2013.
Ralston was enforced to cut off his own right forearm in order to free himself from a dislodged boulder while being on board of Blue John Canyon where he was stuck for 127 hours.
He did that using a pocketknife, and after his incredible doing he had to struggle his way out of the canyon when he descended around 65 feet cliff to finally reach the ground.
In fact, such a tragic incident triggered Ralston’s passion for exploration, and he went on taking part in further events.
In 2008, he participated in climbing Ojos Del Salado in Chile and Monte Pissis in Argentina. Ralston’s tragic accident was turned into a movie starring James Franco.
It was titled 127 hours. The movie actually got six Oscar nominations.
One of Ralston’s memorable quotes from his book in which he documented his accident ”Mountains are the means, the man is the end. The goal is not to reach the top of the mountains, but to improve the man.” He refers to the idea that exploration is not about achievements, it is all about cultivating one’s abilities.
5) Tom Avery
He is a British explorer and writer who unprecedentedly traveled to both the North and South Poles on foot.
In 2002, he was in charge of a team who went to the remote Eastern Zalaay Mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
The team succeeded in climbing nine never-climbed and unnamed summits by the end of the journey.
Avery was able to lead a British team to win a ski mountaineering race between Zermatt and Verbier.
At the age of 25, Avery managed to be the youngest British explorer to ski to The South Pole.
He led his team to break the South Pole speed record using kites to support them confronting the ice. They were able to finish the race in 31 hours in total.
In 2005, Avery revived the controversial expedition of Robert Peary and Matthew Henson in 1909 to the North Pole.
There was much controversy over the validity of the claim that Peary and Henson’s expedition had made it to the North Pole.
The main target of Avery’s quest was to determine whether the original journey had achieved what it should have done or not.
Using the same equipment, Avery’s team was able to reach the North Pole in 37 days’ time, which was a less period that the original expedition.
6) Sir Edmund Hillary
A mountaineer and explorer from New Zealand. He was born in 1919. In 1953 along with Tenzing Norgay, Hillary was reported to be the first Mount Everest climber.
Hillary managed ten other summits in the Himalayas between 1956 and 1965.
In 1979, Hillary led a jet boat journey that was called ‘Ocean to Sky’. It went from the mouth of River Ganges to its source.
In 1958, Hillary escorted Neil Armstrong in a plane over the Arctic Ocean which finally landed on the North Pole. Consequently, Hillary was considered to be the first to reach both poles as well as the summit of Mount Everest in history.
Hillary traveled to Antarctica to participate in reviving the 50th anniversary of the Scott Base.
On January 2008, Hillary passed away suffering a heart failure at the age of 88.
7) Rolf Bae
A Norwegian explorer who was married to another famous explorer, Cicilie Skog.
Bae managed to cross Antarctica along with his fellow explorer Erik Sonneland in 2001. It was considered the longest ski journey of 3800 km that took 105 days’ time at that time.
In 2005, Bae made it to the North Pole skiing from the ice shelf. He came back again in 2006 to the North Pole, all on his own with no assistance whatsoever.
Unfortunately, Bae passed away in one of his climbings. It was part of an international event on K2 Mountain. He was tumbled down to his death in an ice fall incident, according to his wife.
In fact, our lives are brief, that’s why we need to make it count. The adventurers mentioned earlier tried were able to immortalize their names doing whatever it took them to get out of their comfort zone.
8) Thor Heyerdahl
A Norwegian explorer who was known for his Kon-Tiki journey when he managed to sail for 8,000 km in a hand-built raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to Tuamotu islands in 1947.
The goal of the journey was to prove that ancient peoples were capable of conducting voyages.
In 1956, Heyerdahl supervised the Norwegian Expedition to Rapa Nui. The expedition aimed to explore some archaeological sites. It contained several professional archaeologists.
Heyerdahl participated in a number of other explorative missions. He was an explorer with a scientific background. He was skillful at building boats.
Heyerdahl died at the age of 87. He was honored by the Norwegian government which made him a state funeral in the Cathedral of Oslo in 2002.
Basically, one always fears the unknown.
They only trust what they got accustomed to out of habit. Actually, no matter how we may find pleasure in their routine activities, we should try new things every now and then. Exploring new things is the key element to know our real abilities and hidden skills.
Engaging in new experiences gives us the chance to explore new territories of ourselves, which may be extraordinary enough to our surprise.
In the end, history is full of explorers and travelers who took up exploring the unknown. Some of them even sacrificed their lives for the sake of surpassing the limitations and going beyond the boundaries.
Life is a one-off occasion. If you do make good use of it, then one becomes enough. We all will eventually perish, so let’s leave no room for regret. Go on, go now!