Editor John Rasmus, right, pictured with Adventurers of the Year Gregg Treinish and Deia Scholosberg.
Thursday, November 20: - I attended the 3rd annual National Geographic Adventure Magazine Adventurers of the Year event Thursday evening at their Washington, D.C. headquarters.
For three and a half hours, an enthusiastic crowd of several hundred was treated to video clips, stories and rousing testimonials about international adventures. The highlight of the presentation was the introduction of the 14 Adventurers of the Year, young men and women who had been selected by a National Geographic panel (and are featured in the December issue of the magazine, "Best of Adventure '09, with *Pemba Sherpa on the cover).
After a tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) and a Hall of Fame award to Rick Ridgeway,
Boyd Matson, called "the face of National Geographic," introduced each of the winners with a video clip and some brief question and answers on stage.
Three honorees were unable to attend: Kelly Slater, awarded for his athleticism, was on book tour, George Stenimetz (photography) and Emma Stokes (discovery) were traveling abroad.
I have more to say about the inspiration of the evening - but I have to board my American Airlines flight from Dallas to San Francisco. My 7 a.m. flight leg from D.C. to here went smoothly!