Gavin McClurg is no stranger to adventure and exploration. He is a 2015 National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” for his unpowered paragliding expedition across the Canadian Rockies. He became the first person to traverse the full length of the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider (unsupported) in 2016. He is the owner, founder and Captain of “Offshore Odysseys”, a global kitesurfing/surfing/sailing expedition. He has twice circumnavigated the world by sail, living at sea for 13 straight years, including short-handed roundings of both notorious capes (Horn and Good Hope). Gavin holds the current North American-record for foot launched cross-country paragliding, a flight of 240 miles deep into Montana from his home town of Sun Valley, Idaho. Gavin is the first American to complete the “toughest adventure race on Earth”, the Red Bull X-Alps a paragliding / foot race across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco.
“I have now twice competed in what is billed as the hardest adventure race on Earth, the Red Bull X-Alps. There is no other sufferfest quite like it. It is a foot and paragliding race across the spine of the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco via a series of turn points where 32 of the world’s most accomplished pilots and endurance athletes not only race against themselves and the weather but also through terrifying flying conditions. It has an 11% finish rate. In the 2017 race in 12 days I completed 16 1/2 marathons on foot, climbed the height of Everest 4 times, and paraglided over 1,000 kilometers. Think 12 days of ultrathon distances in big mountains with a 25 pound pack of gear on your back with a healthy dose of life-threatening non-motorized flying thrown in to keep things properly sketchy! Training for an event like the X-Alps requires absolute dedication. A combination of strength training, long days of endurance and aerobic training, and serious focus on nutrition and diet is just the beginning to being able to go hard day after day and staying injury-free. Onnit’s wide range of supplements are critical to my success and keeping my body pain-free. The Total Primate Care keeps my immune system rocking during the long, cold winters of training so I never miss a day to a cold or flu; Total Gut Health goes side-by-side with my fat adaptive eating regimen; Joint Oil keeps my joints happy during all relentless pounding; MCT Oil supercharges my system for my weekly Ketosis fasts; and their Recovery Protein supports quick rebuilds after the hard days in the gym. I’ve been a professional athlete my entire life, but ONNIT has helped me become stronger and more resilient at 45 years old than I’ve ever been!”