Over the last seven years, National Geographic has set out to find its adventurers of the year, combing the globe for individuals making "extraordinary achievement in exploration, conservation, and adventure sports."
For those that know Jon Turk, it doesn't come as a surprise that he made this year's list alongside professional kayaker Erik Boomer for their epic journey circumnavigating Ellesmere Island - the world's tenth largest island. This journey was considered to be "the last great unattempted polar expedition, so daunting due to its remoteness and dangerous ice conditions." Before this summer, no one had attempted the seemingly impossible feat. Jon and Erik completed their journey in 104 challenging days. "There were so many unknowns. Every day there was a new obstacle. There was no way we could have prepared for all of it," said Erik in an interview with National Geographic.
Jon and Erik barely knew one another prior to the adventure, but it's clear that they were well matched and have a lot of respect for one another. "Very soon we learned that we had to trust each other’s confidence. That was all we had. Boomer is one of the strongest people on the planet," Jon said. "Jon is rare. He’s willing to do something where the outcome is unknown," Erik said.
Jon and Erik are among nine other adventurers picked by National Geographic. Now it is up to us to vote and support Jon and his most recent amazing achievement! Visit the site to learn more about the circumnavigating of Ellesmere Island and to vote for one of Fernie's most adventurous residents.