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WHO: The Arctic Cowboys, a Texas-based team of four endurance kayakers.WHAT: A grueling, 83-day journey to complete the first human-powered crossing of the 1,600-mile Northwest Passage in a single season.WHY IT’S SO GREAT: Generations of explorers have dreamed of crossing the Northwest Passage, a treacherous, sea route that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. (The mileage varies depending on the route, with some estimates running close to 2,000 miles; the Cowboys’ route was 1,600.) The first recorded navigation took place in 1906, when Roald Amundsen sailed through on the ship Gjøa. Thirty-six years later, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police schooner, St. Roch, made the second navigation. Since then more ships, even sailboats, have traversed the passage. In the late 1990s, the explorer…

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