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SCARPA Athletes Among National Geographic Adventurers of the Year

Jan. 8th 2015

For the last 10 years, National Geographic has selected the world’s most accomplished athletes, explorers and humanitarians to join their esteemed list of Adventurers of the Year. Among this year’s impressive roster of adventurers are SCARPA athletes Ueli Steck, Will Gadd and Erik Weihenmayer. These men have trekked, summited, soared and rafted their way into some of the most uncharted territory in their respective sports. And while we’re not surprised that they’re nominated, we’re incredibly excited to share more about the incredible feats that have landed them on National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year list.

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Will Gadd first to paraglide across four western Canada mountain ranges

Aug. 22nd 2011

Calling it “the trip I’m most happy in my life to have gotten done,” Will Gadd, climber, paraglider, and SCARPA athlete, flew almost entirely self-supported from Vernon, British Columbia, to Canmore, Alberta, a distance of well over 200 miles, earlier this month.

What’s more impressive than the distance, though, is the number of firsts: Paragliding over the Monashees, over the Selkirk and Purcell Ranges from Revelstoke to Invermere, and over the Rockies from Invermere to Canmore. Gadd encountered the some of the strongest conditions he’d ever flown in, conditions that grounded other pilots.

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