COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE: U.S.A.
DATE OF BIRTH: 04.21.1972
ACTIVITY: SPEED HIKING
Gavin McClurg is no stranger to adventure and exploration. He is a 2015 National Geographic "Adventurer of the Year" for his Unpowered Paragliding Expedition across the Canadian Rockies. He became the first person to Traverse the full length of the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider (unsupported) in 2016.
He is the owner, founder and Captain of "Offshore Odysseys," a gobal kitesurfing/surfing/sailing expedition. He has twice circumnavigated the world by sailing, living at sea for 13 straight years, including short-handed roundings of both notorious capes; Horn and Good Hope. Gavin holds the current North American record for foot launched cross-country paragliding, a flight of 240 miles deep into Montana from his home town of Sun Valley, Idaho. Gavin is the first American to complete the "toughest adventure race on Earth," the Red Bull X-Alps. This race is a paragliding and foot race across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco. In 10 days, Gavin flew 1560 kilometers, walked 498 (12+ marathons) and scaled 52,000 meters of vertical ascent on foot. (Think going up and down Everest, 5 times)
Hobbies: cooking, laughing, growing veggies, (quite unsuccessfully)reading and staying off his cell phone.
Competitions: Red Bull X-Alps (2015, 2017), US Paragliding Nationals (1st place, 2015) and back in another life - hundreds and hundreds of alpine ski races.
Favorite Book: Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
Favorite Food:Oysters on the half shell.
Biggest Fear: Climate change
Projects: Gavin hopes to continue the traverse where he left off in Alaska, at the end of the Alaska Range, across the Wrangells down to Glacier Bay by paraglider. "But, it's a MEAN, incredibly absurd line!"
"When in doubt, go deeper."
- Gavin McClurg