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 The contest runs until Jan. 31 of next year and a winner will be announced in February.

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