It would be easy to imagine that after centuries of traverses, treks, and summits there would be no firsts left. For explorers, finding new ground to cross is almost as difficult as the actual crossing. But that's not stopping anyone: Only a month in, this already looks to be a banner year for elite adventurers, who plan to walk the length of a great river, motorcycle in a very large circle, and summit one of the most dangerous mountains on Earth. Here are the expeditions we'll be watching.
M.A. Kaleem's motorcycle ride around India
On New Year's Day, 68-year-old retired Colonel M.A. Kaleem set off on a 21,000-mile motorcycle ride around India, during which he will attempt to set a world record for longest distance traveled in one country without using the same route twice. Over the course of 90 days, he'll hit the capital city of every state in India. "I am dedicating this journey to protecting the environment. I also want everybody in the country to pledge to protect the environment and drive safely while on the road," he said in a statement before leaving.
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