Adventure Sports: 2012 Adventurers of the Year: Sano Babu Sunuwar & Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa
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2012 Adventurers of the Year: Sano Babu Sunuwar & Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa
With nearly 72,000 votes cast, we are thrilled to announce the 2012 People's Choice Adventurers of the Year: Nepalis Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa. Their dream to complete the Ultimate Descent—climbing Mount Everest, paragliding down, then kayaking to the sea—truly embodies the spirit of adventure. With borrowed gear and a bare-bones budget, there were no corporate sponsors nor social media campaigns, just the essentials for adventure—vision, creativity, and friendship.