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My heroes of exploration, adventure, science and discoveries: Stanley / Livingstone / De Brazza / Speke / Bird / Rock / Ward / Kingsley / Earhart / David-Neel / Bruce / Wallace / Burton / &tc: to boldly go where no one has gone before...

Members of the 1924 Everest expedition team pose for a photograph before commencing their climb from base camp [John Noel Collection].

Anthropologist Gregory Bateson with Margaret Mead and Reo Fortune

Martha Maxwell (1831–1881) was a self-educated naturalist and artist born in Pennsylvania, who traveled to the Colorado Territory with the first wave of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush in 1860. She helped found modern taxidermy. Martha was the first woman to collect and prepare her own skins and mounts.

Lady Florence Baker - Florence Szasz was kidnapped after the Hungarian revolution and sold to be raised for the harem. At age 14 (in 1859) she waited to be auctioned to the highest bidder. One of the assembled man, Samuel Baker (a wealthy English adventurer), was moved by compassion and helped her escape. They would wed and together they confronted disease, starvation, and hostile tribesman, surviving the cruel ravages of beasts and nature to unravel the mysteries of Africa.

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Beatrice Ethel Grimshaw (1870-1953) was a writer and traveller of Irish origin. She reported on the Pacific islands for the Daily Graphic, reportedly sailing around the islands in her own cutter. She wrote publicity for Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, and Tonga. In 1907 she sailed to Papua on a commission from The Times and the Sydney Morning Herald, but remained for 27 years. She joined exploration parties and managed plantations. In 1936 she retired to New South Wales.

Beatrice Grimshaw, South Pacific

Lady Florence Caroline Dixie (1855 - 1905), the daughter of the Marquis of Queensbury, was a British traveller, war correspondent, writer, feminist and sportswoman. She travelled and hunted extensively in Patagonia before being appointed as a news correspondent in South Africa, covering the Boer War.

À cheval, en fuite dans les flammes par Florence Dixie

Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed (1860 – 1934) was a British pioneer of mountaineering in a time when it was almost unheard of for a woman to climb mountains. She moved to Switzerland, where she climbed mountains in her skirt. She wrote seven books on mountain climbing and over her lifetime climbed twenty peaks that no one had climbed before. As Mrs Aubrey Le Blond she made at least 10 films of alpine activities in the Engadine Valley of Switzerland.

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Sir Edmund Percival Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest.

Sir Richard Francis Burton

The company of Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay // Everest, 1953

Formal portrait of John Wesley Powell (age 35), circa 1869.

Alexandra David-Neel - Exploratrice française, première à rentrer dans Lhassa ville interdite du Tibet en 1924.

carl friedrich philipp von martius (1794-1868)

Fotografía del 24 de julio de 1938 de los montañeros (i-d) Heinrich Harrer, Ludwig "Wiggerl" Voerf, Andreas Heckmair y Friz Kasparek, tras conseguir alcanzar la cima por la cara norte del Eiger, en los Alpes, Suiza. Este año se celebra el 75 aniversario de la hazaña. Foto: EFE via @Soy un

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Charles Wellington Furlong

Aurel Stein, grande esploratore/archeologo sulla Via della Seta.

Percy Fawcett, English explorer and all-around badass who had a deadly obsession with the Amazon.

Helen Richey (1909 – 1947) was a pioneering female aviator and the first woman to be hired as a pilot by a commercial airline in the United States. Richey also was the first woman sworn in to pilot air mail and one of the first female flight instructors.

Willa Brown, 1st African American woman to earn a commercial pilot license

Hazel Ying Lee was the first Chinese American woman to fly for the United States military

Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) was the first African American woman to earn an aviator’s license. Unable to find anyone willing to train a black woman to fly in the US, Bessie learned French so that she could learn to fly in France. She was the first American of any race or gender to earn an international pilot’s license. Bessie died at age 34 during a test flight for an exhibition in Jacksonville, Florida.

"First African-American Female Aviator [b. 1892 - d. 1926] Bessie Coleman, the daughter of a poor, southern, African American family, became one of the most famous women and African Americans in aviation history. "Brave Bessie" or "Queen Bess," as she became known, faced the double difficulties of racial and gender discrimination in early 20th-century America but overcame such challenges to become the first African American woman to earn a pilot's license.[…]"