The 25 Best Adventure Photos of the Past 25 Years

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Selfie of the Century
Cory Richards / National Geographic12/25

Selfie of the Century

The Shot: Cory Richards, moments after emerging from a snow slide on Pakistan's Gasherbrum II that almost killed him and his teammates, February 2011.

The Photographer: Cory Richards

The Full Story: Perhaps the most arresting selfie ever shot, National Geographic photographer Cory Richards had just summited 26,362 foot-Gasherbrum II, with Simone Moro and Dennis Urubko, becoming the first American to do so in winter. During the descent, Richards was struggling, exhausted and coughing up blood, when 10,000 tons of snow swept down from the peak and buried all three climbers. Richards instinctively reached for his camera once he’d emerged from the debris and turned it on himself. His fierce, bewildered expression, and tear-streaked, frozen face have since become one of mountaineering’s most iconic images.

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