Amazing adventurers (A2)

From climbing Everest to skiing to the South Pole, read about some amazing adventurers!


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Amazing adventurers

Do you ever dream about climbing Mount Everest or visiting Antarctica? If so, you’re not alone. Every year, thousands of people try to climb the world’s highest mountains or walk across continents. Let’s take a look at some of the 21st century’s greatest adventurers.

Amazon adventurer

Ed Stafford from the UK is the first person to walk along the Amazon River from the mountains of Peru to the mouth of the river in Brazil. His amazing journey took two years and four months. There are many dangerous animals in the rainforest, like snakes and crocodiles, but Ed was lucky; he was only bitten by ants and mosquitoes. On his trip, Ed had to find fruit and nuts or catch fish each morning. Sometimes food was hard to find and Ed was often tired and hungry.

Technology was very important for Ed. He used a radio to ask the people of the rainforest for food and help. Many people came to meet him and guide him through the rainforest. While he walked, Ed wrote a blog to tell the world about climate change and destruction of the rainforest.

A mountain climber

Did you know that more than 4,000 people have climbed Everest? Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner from Austria is one of them. She is one of the world’s greatest climbers and has climbed all the world’s mountains over 8,000 metres. It’s very difficult to climb in cold weather and storms, but Gerlinde loves it. She started climbing as a teenager in the mountains near her home. When she left school she became a nurse but always went climbing in her free time. Now she spends her time climbing and helping a charity for poor children in Nepal.

More than one adventure

Some adventurers are always looking for a new challenge. Meagan McGrath from Canada has climbed mountains, ridden a bike across Canada and run races in the desert. But her most incredible journey was a skiing trip to the South Pole. As she skied, Meagan pulled a sledge with a tent and all her food. She skied through terrible storms and freezing temperatures for forty days till she arrived at the South Pole.

Erik Weihenmayer from the United States has climbed mountains and ridden a bike through deserts. Amazingly, Erik is blind and he wants other blind people to have active lives too. He has taken groups of young blind people climbing in Nepal.

Where next?

Technology is a big help for adventurers but the world is still a dangerous place and it’s very important to prepare well. If you dream of being an adventurer, there will always be continents to walk across and mountains to climb!

Robin Newton

Would you like to do any of these things?

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Submitted by FlowerQueen on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 20:47

I'm not really a adventurer, so I've never thought about climbing the highest mountains of the world or riding my bike through a continent.
But when I finish studying I want to travel in many other countries, maybe with my friends, or with my family.

Submitted by ahgima099 on Fri, 08/12/2022 - 13:04

Although I'm interested in adventure, I like to do nothing of these. I prefer living in my home.

Submitted by Ira1321 on Sun, 07/24/2022 - 09:43

Actually,I don't want to be anyone of them,I don't enjoy doing these things.

Submitted by Jeny on Wed, 03/02/2022 - 17:09

Even if I am scared, I love to learn. But I prefer reading. Sometimes the real experience is not for me.

Submitted by Jeny on Wed, 03/02/2022 - 17:07

I don't enjoy very extreme things. I like adventurers. These are just not my prefered.

Submitted by Jeny on Wed, 03/02/2022 - 17:04

No. I would not like to do any of this things. I am pretty scared of these types of things.

Submitted by merve on Tue, 04/06/2021 - 13:11

Yes. I liked it. These texts are changing my aspect of the world also I have learned many different new words.
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Submitted by School_ on Tue, 03/16/2021 - 16:15

read stories are really wonderful and some are unusual, I liked and interested them all, especially the story of a man who walked along the Amazon River from the mountains of Peru to the mouth of the river in Brazil.But I think it's so dangerous so didn't want to travel like that
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Submitted by Kostantinus on Sat, 02/06/2021 - 09:31

Yes, I would like to do all of these things, because I like adventures and travelling very much! I hope in the future I'll have a lot of chances to make my life more exciting!

Submitted by Sarang on Fri, 01/15/2021 - 16:30

I want to climb a snow mountain.

Submitted by English20 on Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:43

No, because according to me these sports are boring.

Submitted by 25pow on Sun, 03/29/2020 - 01:13

I want to be great adventurer

Submitted by username_082 on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 04:39

i'd love to go to an adventure, but maybe not that extreme
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Submitted by empty on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:45

The time goes so fast and I have to study . Unfortunatly theres no time for me to have fun .
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