It's tough to do something new nowadays. 'Uncharted territory' is quickly becoming a thing of the past, so, instead, these adventurers attacked familiar ground in new (and often incredibly fast) ways. Scroll down for some of our adventure highlights from 2013 and, as always, get more incredible adventure on our Facebook page.
Ueli Steck solos Annapurna in record time
The 'Swiss Machine' will have a lot to remember about this year, not all of it pleasant. While the Everest scandal may have generated more headlines, Steck's biggest achievement was definitely the solo speed-summit of Annapurna's south face.
As usual, Ueli was very understated about the whole affair: “It's easy – you just have to focus on your next step. That's all I'm doing. Life is very simple.”
Kenton Cool's Everest Trilogy
Our second achievement is also in the Himalayas – but it doesn't involve one peak, it has three. On May 21, British mountaineer Kenton Cool posted this message on Twitter. “Back down in BC totally shattered like never before after a week in high mountains.”
Why was he so 'shattered'? Well, he'd linked up the three summits of the Western Cwm, non-stop – Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. The unique feat had never been done before, and Kenton Cool is likely to stand as the sole owner for quite some time.
Valery Rozov leaps off the world's biggest mountain
We can't leave Everest without mentioning one more impressive feat. Most people are concerned with getting up the mountain. Valery Rozov was more concerned with getting down. And he planned on doing it in a rather unconventional way: a wingsuit BASE jump.
Standing at 7,220m above sea level (the 8,000m peak does not offer a BASE-jumpable cliff), the Russian athlete quite literally flew where no man had flown before. And was he worried about, you know, dying? Nope. "I knew I would live," said Rozov.
Chrigel Maurer's X-Alps triple crown
Christian 'Chrigel' Maurer was known as the man to beat in Red Bull X-Alps 2013. But not only did Chrigel win as expected, he did so in such a fashion as to leave his competitors – literally – days behind, finishing the longest-ever 1,000km hike-and-fly course in record time.
In doing so, he claimed his third Red Bull X-Alps victory in a row, essentially cementing his status as one of the best paragliding pilots of all time.
David Lama and Dani Arnold on the Moose's Tooth
Shortly after arriving in Alaska, world-class climbers David Lama and Dani Arnold stood atop the infamous Moose's Tooth.
While others had been there before, it was a new route – directly up the central headwall of the east face, named the 'Bird of Prey' – that got them there. It was completed in just 48 hours.