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The News Tribune and Olympian name 2010 Adventure Athlete of the Year. Apolo Ohno, J.R. Celski, Dave Hahn, George Dunn, Gary Ellis among those honored

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2010 at 6:41 pm with No Comments »
December 29, 2010 6:50 pm

The News Tribune and Olympian announced the 2010 Adventure Athlete of the Year on Sunday. Click here to read the story. Here’s a list of all the winners:



– Melissa Arnot, Ashford, mountaineer: First American woman to climb Mount Everest three times.

– Kevin Bacher, Eatonville, Mount Rainier volunteer coordinator: Coordinated 2,016 volunteers at the national park.

– Andy Bond, Ashford, ski mountaineer: First known person  to ski Rainier’s Sunset Amphitheater.

– J.R. Celski, Federal Way, speed skater: Won two bronze medals at the Winter Olympics.

– George Dunn, Ashford, mountaineer: First man to climb Rainier 500 times.

– Jason Edwards, Tacoma, mountaineer: First man to complete two one-day climbs of Rainier’s Liberty Ridge 25 years apart.

– Gary Ellis, Tacoma, BMX racer: inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.

– Dave Hahn, Ashford, mountaineer: Extended his record for summits of Antartica’s Mount Vinson (27) and his American record for Everest summits (12).

– Nicole Joraanstad, Kent, Curling: Qualified for the Winter Olympics.

– Chris Lambert, Olympia, fishing:  Washington Bass Federation’s Angler of the Year.

– Kevin McCarthy, White Pass general manager: Led efforts to expand White Pass.

– Apolo Ohno, Federal Way, speed skater: Won two bronze and one silver medals at the Vancouver Olympics to set a new U.S. record for career Winter Olympic medals with seven.

– Brent Okita, Eatonville, mountaineer: Fourth man to record 400 Rainier summits.

– Bree Schaaf, Bremerton, Bobsled: Finished fifth in the bobsled at the Winter Olympics.


– Phil Anderson, Olympia, WDFW director: Guided Fish and Wildlife through delicate budget negotiations that limited program cuts.

– Ed Barney, Federal Way, runner: First known person to run the 204-mile Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic route.

– Dave Hahn, Ashford, mountaineer: Extended his American record for Mount Everest summits to 11.

– Rosendo Guerrero, Puyallup, activist: Founded Sportsmen for the Preservation of our Rivers and Streams to lead cleanup efforts.

– Elizabeth Lunney, WTA director: Doubled Washington Trails Association membership and volunteer hours during her 1998-2009 term.

– Mount Rainier’s Climbing Program: For winning the Andrew Clark Hecht Public safety Achievement Award.


– Dave Hahn, Ashford, Mountaineer: The first American with 10 Everest summits.

– Jordan Hanssen and Greg Spooner, Tacoma, rowers: UPS graduates became the first know rowers to attempt to circumnavigate the Olympic Peninsula. They came up 40 miles short of reaching their goal.

– Mike Hammil, Ashford, Mountaineer: Climbed the highest peak on each continent in 11 months and one day.

– Justin Merle, Auburn; Liam O’Sullivan, Seattle; and Willie Benegas, Salt Lake City, mountaineers: Each took turns setting unofficial speed-climbing records on Mount Rainier.

– Bob Mortimer, Gig Harbor, cyclist: Despite having no legs and only one arm, Mortimer attempted to power a hand cycle from Gig Harbor to New York City. He came 500 miles short because of his speaking engagement schedule along the way. He attempted to pedal the stretches he missed during the return trip, but the plan was spoiled when he and his family where hit by a dump truck while riding horse-drawn carriage in an Indiana Amish community. He and his family sustained injuries, from which they have recovered.

– Randall Nordfors, Kirkland, cyclist and mountaineers: Biked from Olympia to Paradise, climbed Rainier and pedaled back to Olympia in less than 20 hours.

– Bart Smith, Lakewood, hiker: Finished 16-year journey in which he hiked all 16,500 miles of the National Scenic Trail system.

– Dave Uberuaga, Puyallup, Mount Rainier National Park chief: Led the repair and reopening of the park after historic flood damage.


– Dave Hahn, Ashford, mountaineer: Performing a life-saving rescue on the upper slopes of Mount Everest.

– Robert Link, Bend, mountaineer: The seventh man to record 300 Mount Rainier summits.

– Scott Smiley, Pasco, mountaineer: Became one of the few blind climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Rainier.

– Mount Rainier Volunteers: More than 1,700 volunteers donated time to help repair Rainier after historic flood damage.


– Hunter Drury, Tacoma, fisherman: The 7-year-old set an International Game Fish Association record by catching a 5-pound, 12.5-ounce largemouth bass in Lacey’s Pattison Lake.

– Jason Edwards, Tacoma, Mountaineer: Sixth man climb Rainier 300 times.

– Jordan Hanssen, Dylan LeValley, Greg Spooner and Brad Vickers, Tacoma, rowers: Became the first people to row from the mainland United States to the mainland United Kingdom.

– Daniel Mazur, Longbranch, mountaineer: Gave up summit of Mount Everest to rescue Englishman David Sharp.

– Nancy and Michael Morrell, Tacoma, sailors: Finished 16.5-year, 90,000-mile sailing trip around the world.

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