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Outposts looks back at 2010: Achievements

December 28, 2010 | 12:20 pm

With the the year ending, it is worth looking back at memorable posts of 2010. Each day this week through Friday, Outposts will recount some of the records broken, the achievements reached, the notable passings and the downright unusual during 2010 in the outdoors, action and adventure world.

Kelly Slater clinches historic 10th ASP World Tour title

Kelly Slater clinched his 10th ASP World Tour title on Nov. 6. Kelly Slater made sporting history on Nov. 6, claiming an unprecedented 10th Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour title.

Culminating a 20-year effort, Slater, 38, accomplished an incredible feat that will undoubtedly remain at the top of the ASP record book for a long time.

"I feel relieved, honestly," Slater said. "It’s been the most stressful title I’ve ever had, because it’s sort of an unknown place and you know at my age people say, 'You shouldn’t be doing this.'"

Photo credit: Kirstin Scholtz / ASP

Lance Mackey wins fourth consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Lance Mackey holds two of his dogs, Rev and Maple,after winning his fourth consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race. With 11 dogs in harness, musher Lance Mackey rode into Nome, Alaska, at 2:59 p.m. March 16, passing under the burled arch and the Widow's Lamp hanging from it to win the 38th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The 39-year-old Mackey, from Fairbanks, Alaska, also rode into the record books, becoming the first to win the "last great race on Earth"  four times in a row.

Photo credit: Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News


Irvine woman with rare disease conquers Mt. Everest

Cindy Abbott displays her National Organization for Rare Disorders banner at Camp 4 before leaving for the summit of Mt. Everest. Cindy Abbott lives with adversity. The Irvine resident started losing vision in her left eye more than 15 years ago, and began having a slew of mini-strokes and vertigo. Finally, in 2007, Abbott was diagnosed with Wegener's Granulomatosis, a rare and potentially deadly disease of uncertain cause.

Abbott, 51, has no idea how long she has left to live because of the incurable disease. But she did not let the debilitating affliction hold her back, and on May 23, became the first person with Wegener's Granulomatosis to reach the top of Mt. Everest.

Photo credit: Bill Allen


Artist completes artificial reef, 'The Silent Evolution,' installing 400 sculptures underwater

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor completed installation of "The Silent Evolution" artificial reef. Artist Jason deCaires Taylor completed work on one of the most surreal and awe-inspiring artificial reefs I've seen.

"The Silent Evolution" is the final of four stages of an underwater museum and consists of 400 permanent life-size sculptures. The environmentally friendly reef was constructed in an effort to promote the recovery of nearby natural reefs.

Photo credit: Jason deCaires Taylor

Children with disabilities enjoy a day of saltwater fishing thanks to Fish for Life

Jim Holden, left front, and some of the anglers on the inaugural Fish For Life trip. A special group of anglers went out for a chartered day of saltwater fishing. The group included many who had never been fishing, or on a boat -- 33 special needs children, mostly ages 13 to 16, who were treated to a day on the ocean thanks to Fish for Life, a nonprofit organization that all began with a lunchtime conversation.

Founder Jim Holden has since hosted a second Fish for Life excursion and continues his efforts to expand the program to include sportfishing trips nationwide.

Photo credit: Frank Armstrong / Frank Armstrong Photography

12-year-old climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro in fund-raising effort to combat childhood blindness

Jason Kontomitras standing at Gilman's Point on Mt. Kilimanjaro. 12-year-old Jason Kontomitras wanted to help blind and vision-impaired children in Guatemala be able to receive sight-restoring surgeries. So the Los Angeles resident set out on a fund-raising mission -- climbing Tanzania's 19,341-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Kontomitras reached one goal and surpassed another, summiting Kilimanjaro in August and transcending his fund-raising goal of $20,000 by raising more than $25,000.

Photo credit: Moshi Expedition and Mountaineering Tours



Quadruple amputee swims across English Channel
South Korean is first woman to ascend 14 highest mountain peaks
Nathan Gocke, quadriplegic, surfs with world's top pros at the U.S. Open of Surfing

WEDNESDAY: Outposts looks back at 2010: Passings


Outposts looks back at 2010: Records

-- Kelly Burgess