If you want to gain insight for your next adventure, you may want to see how the folks before you did it. Here are five of the most famous adventurers of all time and their stories.
Steve Fosset gained a first place on this list because he’s been an adventurer since he was 12 years old, and that’s a lot more than I can say for the other folks!
When Steve was 12, he climbed his first mountain, and from there, the adventure torch was lit. He climbed the seven summits, which are the highest mountains on earth. They include Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Mount Vinson, Denali, Carstensz Pyramid, and of course, Everest,
As he grew up, Fossett broke a total of 116 world records. To give you an example, he was the first to fly an airplane around the world and the first to circle the globe in an air balloon—alone! He was also the first to ride a gliding plane into the second layer of the atmosphere, otherwise called the stratosphere.
Steve took the sky as his playing field, and it never failed him.
Another legendary example for adventurers is Edmund Hillary, who was a member in the Royal Air Force of New Zealand. He served his country as a navigator in WWII, but that’s not his best achievement yet.
Hillary is one of the first two humans to climb Mount Everest, and he’s one of a few people who managed to go to both the South and North poles. He was the first man on earth to visit the two poles and climb Everest, and it later turned into a challenge—The Three Poles Challenge.
Fun fact: Neil Armstrong was Hillary’s companion on his journey to the north pole.
You’d find it funny that Sir Hillary also started an expedition to find the Yeti. Of course, he returned empty-handed, but who knows what you can find?
Nellie Bly remains one of the most legendary adventurer women in history. She inspired so many people to follow in her shoes later on, and she gained her own inspiration from Around the World in 80 Days—a book all adventurers must read.
Nellie wanted to do like the book’s characters, and she did. Armed by her courage, adventurous soul, and a bag of essentials, she started a 25,000 mile journey completely on her own. She took off in November, 1889 because the journal she was working for wanted a man to go on the eighty-day trip. She demanded that she’s the one to go. After that, history was made.
Instead of eighty days, Nellie completed her trip in 72 days, and she reportedly used railroads and ships for transportation.
Can you build up the same courage as Nellie?
Louise Boyd is no less awesome than Nellie Bly, although the conditions were more in her favor. Her father had left her $3 million after he died, and she decided to use them to put herself in the pages of history.
Using her considerable inheritance, she fled with the intention of becoming the first woman to fly to the North Pole, and she did it.
She finished that trip in 1955, but her love for the Arctic Circle remained till the end of her life. She went on to create many films and take photographs of native animals in the area, and those were scarce at that time.
She’s one of the rare American girls that got to meet the King and Queen of England.
Amelia Earhart doesn’t need introduction; you probably already know of her, as should the rest of the world. Earhart is the first woman to fly across the USA alone, coast to coast. She flew from California to New Jersey non-stop, and that was an achievement worth celebrating in 1928.
Seven years later, she flew alone from Hawaii to Oakland, California in yet another legendary achievement. She became the first human in history to do so.
Granted, Amelia’s ending wasn’t as grand as we’d hoped for it to be. The unique adventurer disappeared into the air with her plane in 1937, and no signs of her or the plane were found till today. But thinking of it, maybe that was the perfect way to end her journey on earth—in a plane, the vehicle on which she gained all of her life achievements.