POLL: What’s the Biggest Adventure Story of 2012?

Well, 2012 has been an eventful year, that’s for sure. But it’s hard to say it’s been a happy one. From the lousy snow season to high profile avalanche fatalities to Sarah Burke’s death and Lance Armstrong’s dizzying fall from grace, 2012 brought one bit of bad news after another.

But not all was bad. Kelly Slater opened himself to charges of being a cyborg after winning his 11th world surfing title at age 40, against kids literally half his age. The infamous Compressor Route on Patagonia’s Cerro Torre was finally climbed free, and Felix Baumgartner made the world’s highest freefall when he dropped from the edge of space. All were impressive and inspiring.

But which one loomed over all the others? Was it Sandy? The crappy winter? Cast your vote below, selecting up to three.


This week, one poll participant will receive a beanie, cap, and t-shirt from Smith Optics. Image not to scale — hat could very well be bigger. Actual product may vary. We’ll pick the winner via random number generator (and announce it here) — all you have to do to enter is vote and leave a comment so we have your email to contact you. Must have a U.S. or Canadian address. Contest ends Sunday, December 23, at midnight PST.

Congrats to Seth Flanigan of Boise, Idaho, winner of this week’s giveaway!

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