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Visiting Earth’s Last Untouched Corners | That's Amazing

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- [Narrator] With seven billion people on Earth,

it's a wonder that there are still corners of this planet

that remain untouched,

but one man has made it his life's work to see them,

no matter what danger the journey may bring.

Mike Libecki has never been one

to shy away from a challenge.

The former National Geographic Explorer of the Year

has completed major expeditions on all seven continents.

(yelling)

He's a modern day explorer who puts his life on the line

to challenge the idea

of what humans are capable of enduring.

His goal: to seek out

the Earth's last truly untouched places.

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- I grew up in California about 30 miles

from Yosemite National Park,

the center of the universe for climbing.

My friend's older brother's friend happened

to take us out rock climbing one day.

Totally random, I didn't even know what rock climbing was,

and it changed my life that day.

As soon as I came home from my first day of climbing

I was buying a climbing rope, climbing shoes, harness.

Climb, climb, climb, that's all I could think about,

and that basically evolved into living in Yosemite,

climbing El Capitan and Half Dome,

and to think, oh my gosh, I could take this climbing

all over the world.

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- [Narrator] Libecki's passion for adventure has taken him

around the planet to nearly 100 countries,

but he's not content with following traditional routes.

His specialty is bagging first ascents.

- [Mike] First ascent is basically climbing a route

or going to the top of a mountain no one's climbed before,

so truly going to parts of the planet

that no human has been to before.

It really takes every single thing that you have.

I mean, these aren't just first ascents.

These are the most remote, most demanding first ascents

and climbs on the planet.

There is no rescue possibility.

We're 100% self reliant.

And I'm not seeking danger or death,

I'm seeking the ultimate challenge and the ultimate mystery

of what's out there.

- [Narrator] From the blistering heat of Afghanistan.

- Sure got hot quick.

- [Narrator] To the extreme cold of Canada.

- [Mike] The weather is getting worse

and it is cold up here.

- [Narrator] The climber turned explorer's trips

have taken him through every climate.

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- [Mike] I have thousands of maps downstairs

and it's just constant planning and constant research.

There's an incredible amount of physical demand

of carrying 100 pound loads for 80 miles,

climbing these big walls,

enduring all the weather and the environments.

Looks like a storm is upon us.

We're a little bit delirious, cold, dehydrated.

One of the things I have to do is train.

I have to be physically fit to have this lifestyle

and one of my favorite ways is to train with my dogs.

I have a mother and daughter dog, Scree and Glacier,

and they're my favorite training partners,

and we get out in the mountains,

literally every single day that I'm home.

You really have to work hard or you will suffer out there.

Being an explorer has a lot of responsibilities.

It's not just going out and climbing, exploring,

it's getting people excited to care more about the planet

and being able to share these stories

about the remote places or these remote cultures.

- [Narrator] With 23 more trips in the works,

Libecki is likely to reach his goal

of 100 expeditions before long.

- I'm self-diagnosed with OECD

and that's obsessive expedition climbing disorder.

It's my fuel of life.

I've often thought about when will I stop going

on these expeditions and it's basically

when will the passion stop.

I hope it never does because this is a passion,

this is what I love.

This is what drives me.

You gotta live a sweet life.

Right on, brother.

First ascent, first time on the summit.

Loving life!

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