SUMMIT OR NOTHING: David Lama
At 16, he won a Sport Climbing World Cup gold, then four years later, in 2011, he retired so he could tackle the great peaks. He’s since looked down from the summit of Chogolisa in Pakistan and Cerro Torre in Patagonia. Next is Masherbrum, like K2 and Chogolisa, in the Karakoram mountain range. “Its northeast face is like the north face of the Eiger with a Cerro Torre on top,” says Lama. Impossible to the rest of us.
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Jessica Biel: Hollywood Climber
The star of The A-Team climbed Kilimanjaro in 2010 to raise awareness of the global water shortage. And in this dress she’s raising awareness of the physiological rewards of a 19,340-foot ascent. Next up: Everest, which is 29,028 feet.