Kristin Harila receives European Adventurer of the Year Award Norwegian mountaineer Kristin Harila has been awarded European Adventurer of the Year 2022 for her big mountain climbing and adventure achievement during 2022. With this adventure Kristin one again show that women are as strong on high altitude climbing the biggest mountain on the globe. The winner was presented at the ISPO Fair in Munich on Tuesday 29th of November.
The 36 years old Norwegian and former cross country skier started her +8000 meters climbing adventure only seven years ago, now she is showing the world that she can and will conquer the biggest mountains around the globe. She is now planning to complete the last two of the 14 +8000 meters peaks. During 2023 she will try to do the +8000 meters peaks ones again, under 6 month and 6 days, this time without oxygen. This is truly inspiring, and we all look forward to the climbing
The jury motivation was as follows: “She is 36 years old and on her way to becoming a mountain legend. She entered the world of big mountains only seven years ago, when she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015. Now she is the fastest woman to climb Mount Everest and Lhotse in less than 12 hours. During 2022, she has reached 12 of the world’s 14 highest peaks above 8,000 meters. This was during her attempt to beat Nirmal Purja’s speed record and complete the summits in less than 6 months, when only two missing permits by the China government could stop her from completion. With her strong spirit, speed and spirit of adventure, Kristin Harila has shown the world that women can conquer the world’s greatest mountains and play in the same league as men. She also plans to return in 2023 to climb the two missing peaks and complete her +8,000-meter challenge.”
About European Adventurer of the Year The winner of the European Adventurer of the Year is a person or a group that has inspired people to experience outdoor life and adventure through remarkable achievements anywhere in the world. The winner and nominees have shown determination, persistence, courage and a pioneering spirit in order to obtain their goals. The award is a way to highlight the desire and determination that these people possess.
The award consists of the honor and recognition of achievement and the winner is presented at the ISPO Fair in Munich each year.
2011 - Press Association and BBC
Amazon trek adventurer given award A British explorer who became the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon has been given the title European Adventurer of the Year.
Former Army officer Ed Stafford, 35, reached the mouth of the river in Brazil in August last year, 859 days after setting off from its source high in the mountains of Peru.
Along the way he encountered venomous snakes, electric eels and piranhas, as well as being wrongly accused of murder and chased by tribesmen armed with machetes, shotguns and bows and arrows.
Stafford, from Mowsley, Leicestershire, received the award at an event called the Wilderness Fair in Stockholm.
The jury for the award said he was being presented with it "for having completed one of the world's last great adventures".
It added: "His expedition ranged more than 6,700 kilometres from the Peruvian Andes across Colombia and into Brazil and gave an insight into the lives of the locals in an endangered rainforest."
Stafford said: "It means a lot that the expedition has been recognised in this way; in walking the length of the Amazon river I hoped to create an adventure so exciting it drew people into my unfolding story online, and into the Amazon itself. This award is for all those who followed my adventure online, and who sent messages of support and money for the charities."
The Adventurer of the Year was set up in 2005 in Sweden. European Adventurer of the Year was added to the awards last year and the first recipient was Italian climber Simone Moro.
It recognises a person for their outstanding performance in the concept of adventure.