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.
Yasunaga Ogita's North Pole solo trek
Japanese explorer Yasunaga Ogita is set to make his second attempt at hiking alone to the North Pole in March. He'll leave Nunavut, the northernmost point in Canada in March with roughly 220 pounds of supplies since he has no way of restocking during the 500-mile trek. Ogita hopes to finish the hike in 50 days and become the first Japanese man, and only the third man in history, to complete the journey.
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