In August, Ketchum resident Gavin McClurg and adventure partner Will Gadd paraglided 400 miles over the Canadian Rockies, completing the longest journey covered by a paraglider in known history. For that accomplishment, he’s one of the 2015 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, according to a Nov. 6 press release.
The 42-year-old also holds the record – 240 miles – for the longest single paragliding flight launched by foot rather than by plane, according to a profile of McClurg on the magazine’s "Adventurers of the Year" webpage.
In an interview with the National Geographic, McClurg said he wanted to “go further than anybody else” and set a record.
He’s also a kayaker, kiteboarder and surfer, according to the National Geographic story.
People can vote online for their favorite adventurer for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year at http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2015/vote/. The contest runs until Jan. 31 of next year and a winner will be announced in February.