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Jun 8, 2011 by

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In an age of dwindling frontiers, seeking new territory to explore has spurred more adventurers to the extremes of the Earth–and in particular, the Poles. In recent years, a six-person expedition explored the huge winter waves off Norway’s Lofoten Islands by surfboard (pictured), cold-water swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh freestyled a kilometer across the North Pole in nothing more than a Speedo, and pro skier Chris Davenport took a team of athletes to ski unnamed peaks in Antarctica. These are places where an explorer must chart his or her own course and goals. What drives them is something immaterial. Perhaps it’s the thrill of braving some of the world’s coldest places, the heady feeling of isolation, or simply the innate human love for accomplishing what hasn’t been done before. Return to Gallery

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