Ultra-adventurer pioneer, believer of no challenge ever too outrageous!
Adrian Crane is a legend in the ultra-endurance world. He is one of a handful of people who has completed all of the Eco-Challenges events. He has numerous World Records including one for summiting every high point in all 50 states in 101 days. He has an entry in Guinness under “World High Altitude Bicycling Record.” He earned that in 1986, when he lugged a bike to 20,500 feet on Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo and then cycled down to the Pacific Ocean, all in 48 hours. He has completed scores of ultra-distance (50 miles or more) foot races.
In 1984 he and his older brother Richard set off on what they thought would be the ultimate test: a 2,040-mile run through the Himalayas, again in 101 days. “Unfortunately we did exactly what we planned to do, which kind of ruined it because we still don’t know how far we could have gone,” Adrian laments.
Crane has spent more than 30 years chasing adventures that others only dream of, from climbing mountains to competing in multi-day adventure races all over the world. After a long and illustrious career, Crane has recently begun to share the many life lessons he has earned in three decades of taking on the most difficult challenges the planet has to offer.
Crane himself has been asked “Why do you do it?” so many times that his answer is now almost automatic. “Originally, it was probably just a romantic sense of adventure; it does feel neat to find out what you can do,” he says. “But now there’s a real desire to go back to basics. Life is really simple; it’s about keeping your body going and wanting to get to the finish line and maybe overcoming a few problems.”
Of late Adrian is the founder of Gold Rush Adventure Races. Along with his team, Adrian puts on the only Adventure Race World Series Qualifier in North America. Teams from around the world traveled to California to enjoy the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountain range.
Adrian is an outstanding Ambassador for Barking Frogs. He knows the importance of having the right gear with you and provides them as swag at his events . “T-shirts are great but we all have a TON of them. Promoting your race or brand doesn’t happen in a drawer or in the garage. Why not offer your athletes and fans something they will use over and over again. My races are tough. Competitors pack light to go fast and their gear must be versatile and practical. I give everyone a custom Barkie and they use them… and love them.” www.goldrushar.com