How We Picked Them
Handpicking 25 men to represent the world's most adventurous is like trying to determine who's the best character on The Wire. But we did our best, leaning on the following criteria to justify our picks: We judged worthiness strictly on feats from the past 25 years, which explains why some unassailable badasses like Ed Viesturs or Yvon Chouinard aren't included. And we placed a premium on consistency and commitment, so it's not enough to pull off some mind-blowing feat if you just return to your stamp collection. These guys did it time and again, and some died trying. Mainly, each of our adventurers managed to redefine what was imaginable for future generations. Feel free to disagree. Or not.