Thursday, September 22, 2016

Crowdsourcing Effort Raises $199K for Unsuccessful Rescue

EXPEDITION NOTES

U.S. Climbers Presumed Dead in Pakistan; $199K Crowdsourced for Rescue


A search for two missing U.S. mountaineers in northeast Pakistan has been called off, despite a GoFundMe campaign that raised $100,000 in the first 15 hours. Donations were capped at $199,000 when the crowdsourcing site was closed down early this month.

The climbers, Kyle Dempster, 33, and Scott Adamson, 34, both from Utah, set out on Aug. 21. They had reputations for being two of the world's most accomplished climbers.

It was their second attempt on the Ogre II peak (23,901 ft.), one of the world's most difficult to scale.

"Kyle and Scott are not coming home, but their spirit, stoke, and smiles will live on," the Black Diamond Equipment company, which sponsored Dempster, said on its Facebook page on Sept. 7.

According to Jonathan Thesenga of Black Diamond: "Given the time that has elapsed and the nearly continuous stormy weather since they were last seen, and the substantial risks that such high-altitude missions entail, Kyle and Scott's families have made the extremely difficult decision to end the search efforts."

Dempster twice won the coveted Piolets d'Or climbing award, most recently in 2013 for a climb in the same part of Pakistan.

Donors were told they will be provided with a breakdown of how their donations were used for the search and rescue efforts, and any funds in excess of actual search and rescue costs will be returned.

Learn more at the GoFundMe site: https://www.gofundme.com/2mjv38k


The Boss Gets Bronzed

One hundred years after the rescue of Ernest Shackleton’s crew from a desolate Antarctic island, a new statue of the famous explorer has been unveiled in Athy, Co Kildare, Ireland, a few miles from his birthplace.

The rescue of Shackleton’s 22 men from Elephant Island in August 1916, was the final act in the epic story of the expedition which began in August 1914 with an objective to cross the polar continent sea to sea. Entering the Weddell Sea in early 1915, the ship and its 28 crew, were quickly frozen into the floating ice and over the winter months the elements slowly overwhelmed the ship. Shackleton’s leadership of his men in extreme circumstances, became a beacon for leadership against the odds.

The renowned polar explorer, who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, and was nicknamed “The Boss,” was born in 1874 in the townland of Kilkea, a few miles outside the town of Athy in Co Kildare. The family lived in Ireland until he was ten before moving to London, but Shackleton declared his nationality as Irish.

Kildare County Council commissioned the statue of him by sculptor Mark Richards, which now stands outside the Athy Heritage Museum. The 1.5 times life-size bronze is mounted on a limestone plinth, representing the indigenous mineral of Kildare and the central role of ice in Shackleton’s Antarctic exploration.

This summer, Shackleton’s granddaughter traveled 8,000 miles to open an exhibition in Chile.


When EN traveled to Antarctica in early 2010, one of the stops was Elephant Island where a statue (lower right) commemorates Luis Pardo of the Yelcho rescue ship.

The Chilean navy played a crucial role in helping with the successful rescue, with Luis Pardo serving as skipper of the scout ship Yelcho. Ms. Shackleton explained that Pardo took the risk of sailing in a metal-hull vessel rather than a wooden one because he wanted to save the stranded crew. Before departing, Pardo told his own father, “I’ll be back with all those men, otherwise I won’t come back.”

Read more:

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2016/07/13/shackletons-granddaughter-opens-exhibition-in-chile/#ixzz4JRF6o8UL


Sally Ride aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

Research Vessel dedicated to Late Astronaut Sally Ride

Sally Ride's legacy as an explorer deepened last month when a new $89 million research vessel bearing the late astronaut's name arrived in San Diego to become part of a fleet operated by UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


R/V Sally Ride

The 238-foot ship came within a half-mile of the Scripps Pier in La Jolla as a tribute to the university, which became Ride's home in the 1980s after she made history in becoming the first American woman to travel in space.

UC San Diego also is home to Sally Ride Science, a company that Ride co-founded in 2001 to promote science among school children.

Ride, a physicist, died of pancreatic cancer in 2012. She was 61.

Read more: www.sallyridescience.com

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has yet been devised.”

– Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1886 - 1959), member of the Terra Nova Expedition and author of The Worst Journey in the World (1922).

MEDIA MATTERS

Travel Channel Goes Behind the Scenes of Mount Everest Climbs


Travel Channel’s Everest Air, a special six-part event premiering Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, will chronicle the real-life experiences of Jeff Evans, an Everest mountaineer, adventurer and medic, and his skilled crew of Sherpas and helicopter pilots.


Jeff Evans

“There's no doubt that Mount Everest casts a mystical net at those who have marveled at the idea of climbing the mountain,” said Evans. “Every person that decides to climb it has a deep-seated desire to push themselves – it’s an itch that has to be scratched. Leading an Everest rescue team was one of my most satisfying projects. Every day I witnessed an extraordinary group effort.”

Patrolling Everest’s slopes from base camp to its balcony, Evans and the Alpine Rescue Service team go higher and further than any group has gone before to aid climbers in need, according to the Travel Channel announcement.

Learn more here: http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/everest-air-travel-channel-event-series-launches-october/


Adventure Capitalists is Shark Tank for Outdoor Enthusiasts

The wild success of the ABC hit Shark Tank has spawned numerous knock-off business reality shows. Each has a unique twist such as focusing on niches like restaurants or interior design. A new four-episode, hour-long series which debuted last month on CNBC is pretty much what it would look like if Shark Tank and Survivor – both Mark Burnett productions – had a child, writes Ky Trang Ho, on Forbes.com.

Like Shark Tank, Adventure Capitalists features a panel of wealthy moguls meeting with entrepreneurs seeking investments. But Adventure Capitalists, produced by 3 Ball Entertainment in Manhattan Beach, Calif., only showcases entrepreneurs peddling innovative outdoor recreation products.

“Outdoor enthusiasts tend to be intrepid personalities. Their ambition rarely stops when a particular trip or adventure is over,” said DJ Nurre, executive vice president of programming and development at 3 Ball Entertainment. “The best products and ideas originate from these individuals who are living the lifestyle, and therefore, are first to see the need and opportunity for a new product.”

Investors undergo extreme expeditions a la Survivor to test drive both the products and the entrepreneurs.

“Who doesn’t love really good gear? Over the years I’ve worked on a number of survival/adventure shows and no matter how unpleasant the region or climate we are headed into, the entire crew gets pumped when it comes time to hit Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) or Adventure 16 to gear up,” says DJ Nurre, executive vice president of programming and development at 3 Ball Entertainment.

Obviously this is a show for all lovers of outdoor schwag.

Read the article here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/trangho/2016/08/18/adventure-capitalists-is-shark-tank-for-outdoor-enthusiasts/#55bbfe23436f

Watch investor and former skier and professional football player Jeremy Cooper in a promo clip for the show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO5SE9Hht_w

Watch full episodes here:

http://www.cnbc.com/adventure-capitalists/


Col. Norman D. Vaughan stands in front of Mt. Vaughan (Photo: Gordie Wiltsie)

Documentary Film Focuses on Life of Col. Norman D. Vaughan

He was the last surviving member of Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s 1928–1930 expedition. War hero, dogsled competitor, and big-time dreamer, the late Colonel Norman D. Vaughan, will be the focus of a documentary film. Produced by DreamQuest Productions and directed by Allan R. Smith, the doc will follow the life of Vaughan from his early days with Admiral Byrd to his final days planning a 100th birthday climb of Mt. Vaughan in Antarctica, named in his honor by Byrd. Vaughan passed away in December 2005, four days after his 100th birthday.

He was the first to climb his namesake mountain, in 1994 at the age of 88. It was a feat that landed him on the NBC Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and one documented in the National Geographic film, Height of Courage: The Norman Vaughan Story (1994).

His widow, Carolyn Mugge-Vaughan, will serve as executive producer and work closely with Smith and DreamQuest on development of the film, titled Dream Big & Dare To Fail, Vaughan’s catchphrase.

The documentary team will be reaching out to those that have been a part of Norman’s life for new interviews, as well as the team will be using archival footage from year’s past.

DreamQuest Productions is currently seeking sponsorship in the range of $75,000 for a summer 2017 release. For more information: info@dreamquestfilm.com, www.dreamquestfilms.com

DreamQuest Productions’ recent film, Eight Summits: The Bill Burke Story, about the oldest American to summit Mt. Everest and the Seven Summits, has won several industry awards and is now in distribution and available on DVD.

See a clip from Height of Courage here: https://vimeo.com/22174938

Welsh “Epic” Campaign Leads to Epic Rescues

Branding 2016 the ‘Year of Adventure’ seemed the perfect idea for a campaign to encourage holidaymakers to the Welsh mountains.

Visit Wales’s £4 million ($5.3 million) campaign, backed by survival expert Bear Grylls and extreme athlete Richard Parks, was designed to make Wales a leading global destination for adventure tourism.

It encouraged visitors to “Find their Epic” in the country, with the word “epic” raised on the Snowdonian mountains in four-meter tall letters.

But mountain rescue groups say a surge in visits by unprepared walkers has led to a record number becoming stranded and they are calling for safety lessons to be given to tourists, according to a story in the UK Daily Telegraph (Sept. 6) by Sam Dean.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team was called out to Snowdon 43 times in August – an increase from the previous record of 34 in August 2015. The rescue team relies on donations and spent about 1,000 volunteer hours attending incidents.

Rob Johnson, the team’s chairman, said: “To have 43 incidents in 31 days is not sustainable and serious consideration needs to be given to the future management of Snowdon and its visitors.

Read more: http://tinyurl.com/EpicWelsh

Eagle Scouts Learn to Cave

Cave explorer Bill Steele, 67, who two years ago retired from a 34-year career with the Boy Scouts of America, is still helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent, especially in regards to contributing his considerable knowledge of caving back to Scouting.

According to a story in the September 2016 issue of the National Speleological Society News, as director of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), Steele, who has explored more than 2,500 caves across North America and Asia, helped launch the NESA World Explorers Program dedicated to conducting national competitions to select young Eagle Scouts to experience life-changing opportunities in numerous fields.


Bill Steele is helping Eagle Scouts become explorers.

As part of NESA’s Speleologists program, four Eagle Scouts participated in a Cave Research Foundation expedition to Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, last June, to help with exploration, mapping, and studies in the world’s longest cave. Their experience included adding length to this 405+ mile ling cave, thus resetting a world record.


This seven-inch squeeze box was used to allow Scouts to train for 7-inch crawl spaces. They also practicefor navigating tight spots by squeezing through a metal coat hanger. (Photo courtesy of Jake Tholen)

Part of their pre-cave training was to make sure the Scouts knew how to fit into small spaces. A “squeeze box” was used to get them accustomed to the confined spaces they might experience underground.

According to Steele, “The National Eagle Scout Association plans to continue working with the Cave Research Foundation to select aspiring future speleologists who are Eagle Scouts to have an experience at Mammoth Cave. Hopefully it influences their path in life toward speleology.”

Learn more about the NESA World Explorers here:

http://www.nesa.org/explorer-video.html

http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2016/02/24/eagles-apply-for-one-of-five-incredible-research-expeditions-offered-by-nesa/

Everest Summit Faked

Nepal has imposed a 10-year mountaineering ban on two climbers who claimed to be the first Indian couple to have climbed Everest, according to a story on the BBC.

A government investigation concluded last month that photographs purporting to show the pair at the top of the world's highest mountain were faked. Officials say the ban is intended to deter other climbers from making spurious and dishonest claims.

The pair's claims to have reached the peak in May were challenged by climbers. They argued that photos showing Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod at the summit were obviously doctored.

Tourism department chief Sudarshan Prasad Dhakal told the AFP news agency that an analysis of photos submitted by the two revealed they had superimposed themselves and their banners on photos taken by another Indian climber who summited Everest.

"The ban should serve as a warning for mountaineers to follow ethics," Dhakal said.

Read the story and see the doctored images here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37220114

EXPEDITION FUNDING


Explorers Club Accepting Applications for 2017 Student Grants

The Explorers Club is offering exploration grants averaging $1,500 for high school students and college graduates; and an average of $2,500 for graduate students.

Proposals are being considered in a wide array of disciplines, including Climate Change, Geoscience, Paleoclimate, Marine Science, Marine Biology, Marine Life, Fish, Coral, Ocean, Fresh Water, Rivers, Lakes, Estuaries, Anthropology/Archeology, Plants and Molds, Animals and Conservation Science. Deadline is Oct. 10, 2016.

For more details: www.grants.explorers.org

Another Way to Raise Funding: Appear in a Beer Commercial

It was #TBT on Facebook when we came across a vintage 1979 Olympia beer TV commercial featuring John Roskelley, the noted mountain climber and author from Spokane, Wash., known for his first ascents and notable ascents of 7000 and 8000 meter peaks in Nepal, India, and Pakistan.


John Roskelley proves coffee drinking is more dangerous than climbing.

The 30 sec. spot promotes the brand’s pure artesian brewing water as Roskelley rappels down a cliff face.

Reached by email, Roskelley remembers he also appeared in a Chrysler commercial while climbing Monkey Fist at Smith’s Rock, and a Sanka commercial with fellow climbers Rick Ridgeway and Bev Johnson.

“If the truth was known, the prop guy for the Sanka commercial was supposed to keep the coffee ‘steaming,’ and when the director said take a big gulp like you really enjoy the moment, I burned the shit out of my mouth. The prop guy had brought it to a boil and handed it to me. I had skin peeling off inside my mouth for a week,” he tells EN.

(And people think climbing is risky).

According to The Paley Center for Media where the spot is enshrined, Roskelley says, "Since too much caffeine bothers me, I drink Sanka brand decaffeinated coffee. It tastes terrific and it's ninety-seven percent caffeine-free, so it makes sense for me."

Olympia was acquired by Pabst Brewing Company in 1983 and is still available. Today Roskelley is a teetotaler having given up drinking in 1997 to set a better example for his daughter Jordan who he continues to climb with.

See the Olympia TV spot here:

https://youtu.be/1p2jUmb3CuQ

EXPEDITION MARKETING

Salomon Designs New Everest Boot


Salomon is touting its custom-made mountaineering footwear by working with trail runner and mountaineer Kilian Jornet’s Summits of My Life project – an attempt to set ascent and descent records for the most important mountains on the planet, culminating with a record attempt on Mount Everest. Last July, Jornet visited Salomonʼs Annecy Design Center (ADC) in the French Alps.


Salomon will have to wait until it can test its new boot on Kilian Jornet on Everest.

The prototype footwear system consists of three separate parts and was developed in collaboration with Jornet over nearly three years. “Itʼs like one shoe for doing everything. You start from the base and you just add layers all the way to the summit,” Jornet says. “Itʼs modular, so you can get from the easy trails to the more technical terrain up high.”

On Sept. 15, Jornet announced postponement of his Everest attempt: “There’s a little bit of frustration because we are in good shape and well acclimatized, but the weather and the conditions are very dangerous. We’ve learnt a lot about the mountain and how to come back in the future.”

See the video about the new footwear here: http://www.salomon.com/int/blog/article/footwear-for-everest

Learn more about Jornet at:

https://www.facebook.com/summitsofmylife/about/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item&tab=page_info

ON THE HORIZON


Explorers will journey to Ellis Island for dinner.

The Explorers Club Annual Dinner Planned for Ellis Island, Mar. 25, 2017

It could be the end of an era. Last June New York’s landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel announced it would close in spring 2017 so owner Anbang Insurance Group Co. can begin converting most of the more than 1,400 rooms to luxury condominiums. The luxury hotel, managed by Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., is set to reopen as many as three years later, with about 300 to 500 hotel rooms remaining. The scope and details of the renovation, as well as the exact timing and duration of the hotel’s closure, are still pending.

This sent dinner planners at The Explorers Club scrambling for space to host their iconic annual dinner, now in its 113th year. Some boring Hilton Hotel ballroom just would not suffice. Recently they announced a new location and date for 1,200 explorers and their guests: New York's Ellis Island on March 25, 2017.

This year, the focus is on Cold Places – “environments that fundamentally shape our inner spirit, outer limits, and enable human stories that drive us all,” according to the Club’s announcement. Still to be worked out will be the logistics of transporting over a thousand people in black tie, gowns and Manolo Blahniks from lower Manhattan back to their hotels when they start ferrying off the island close to midnight.

The logistics are hardly a challenge. That. That right there will be proof this is a group that can handle almost any outdoor hardship with aplomb.

For more information:

https://explorers.org/events/detail/the_113th_explorers_club_annual_dinner


EXPEDITION CLASSIFIEDS

Get Sponsored! – Hundreds of explorers and adventurers raise money each month to travel on world class expeditions to Mt. Everest, Nepal, Antarctica and elsewhere. Now the techniques they use to pay for their journeys are available to anyone who has a dream adventure project in mind, according to the book from Skyhorse Publishing called: "Get Sponsored: A Funding Guide for Explorers, Adventurers and Would Be World Travelers."

Author Jeff Blumenfeld, an adventure marketing specialist who has represented 3M, Coleman, Du Pont, Lands' End and Orvis, among others, shares techniques for securing sponsors for expeditions and adventures.

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Get-Sponsored-Explorers-Adventurers-Travelers-ebook/dp/B00H12FLH2

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Crowdsourcing Effort Raises $199K for Unsuccessful Rescue

EXPEDITION NOTES

U.S. Climbers Presumed Dead in Pakistan; $199K Crowdsourced for Rescue


A search for two missing U.S. mountaineers in northeast Pakistan has been called off, despite a GoFundMe campaign that raised $100,000 in the first 15 hours. Donations were capped at $199,000 when the crowdsourcing site was closed down early this month.

The climbers, Kyle Dempster, 33, and Scott Adamson, 34, both from Utah, set out on Aug. 21. They had reputations for being two of the world's most accomplished climbers.

It was their second attempt on the Ogre II peak (23,901 ft.), one of the world's most difficult to scale.

"Kyle and Scott are not coming home, but their spirit, stoke, and smiles will live on," the Black Diamond Equipment company, which sponsored Dempster, said on its Facebook page on Sept. 7.

According to Jonathan Thesenga of Black Diamond: "Given the time that has elapsed and the nearly continuous stormy weather since they were last seen, and the substantial risks that such high-altitude missions entail, Kyle and Scott's families have made the extremely difficult decision to end the search efforts."

Dempster twice won the coveted Piolets d'Or climbing award, most recently in 2013 for a climb in the same part of Pakistan.

Donors were told they will be provided with a breakdown of how their donations were used for the search and rescue efforts, and any funds in excess of actual search and rescue costs will be returned.

Learn more at the GoFundMe site: https://www.gofundme.com/2mjv38k


The Boss Gets Bronzed

One hundred years after the rescue of Ernest Shackleton’s crew from a desolate Antarctic island, a new statue of the famous explorer has been unveiled in Athy, Co Kildare, Ireland, a few miles from his birthplace.

The rescue of Shackleton’s 22 men from Elephant Island in August 1916, was the final act in the epic story of the expedition which began in August 1914 with an objective to cross the polar continent sea to sea. Entering the Weddell Sea in early 1915, the ship and its 28 crew, were quickly frozen into the floating ice and over the winter months the elements slowly overwhelmed the ship. Shackleton’s leadership of his men in extreme circumstances, became a beacon for leadership against the odds.

The renowned polar explorer, who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, and was nicknamed “The Boss,” was born in 1874 in the townland of Kilkea, a few miles outside the town of Athy in Co Kildare. The family lived in Ireland until he was ten before moving to London, but Shackleton declared his nationality as Irish. Kildare County Council commissioned the statue of him by sculptor Mark Richards, which now stands outside the Athy Heritage Museum. The 1.5 times life-size bronze is mounted on a limestone plinth, representing the indigenous mineral of Kildare and the central role of ice in Shackleton’s Antarctic exploration.

This summer, Shackleton’s granddaughter traveled 8,000 miles to open an exhibition in Chile.


When EN traveled to Antarctica in early 2010, one of the stops was Elephant Island where a statue (lower right) commemorates Luis Pardo of the Yelcho rescue ship.

The Chilean navy played a crucial role in helping with the successful rescue, with Luis Pardo serving as skipper of the scout ship Yelcho. Ms. Shackleton explained that Pardo took the risk of sailing in a metal-hull vessel rather than a wooden one because he wanted to save the stranded crew. Before departing, Pardo told his own father, “I’ll be back with all those men, otherwise I won’t come back.”

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2016/07/13/shackletons-granddaughter-opens-exhibition-in-chile/#ixzz4JRF6o8UL


Sally Ride aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983. (Photo courtesy of NASA)



Research Vessel dedicated to Late Astronaut Sally Ride

Sally Ride's legacy as an explorer deepened last month when a new $89 million research vessel bearing the late astronaut's name arrived in San Diego to become part of a fleet operated by UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


R/V Sally Ride

The 238-foot ship came within a half-mile of the Scripps Pier in La Jolla as a tribute to the university, which became Ride's home in the 1980s after she made history in becoming the first American woman to travel in space.
UC San Diego also is home to Sally Ride Science, a company that Ride co-founded in 2001 to promote science among school children.

Ride, a physicist, died of pancreatic cancer in 2012. She was 61.

Read more: www.sallyridescience.com

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has yet been devised.”

– Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1886 - 1959), member of the Terra Nova Expedition and author of The Worst Journey in the World (1922).

MEDIA MATTERS

Travel Channel Goes Behind the Scenes of Mount Everest Climbs


Travel Channel’s Everest Air, a special six-part event premiering Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, will chronicle the real-life experiences of Jeff Evans, an Everest mountaineer, adventurer and medic, and his skilled crew of Sherpas and helicopter pilots.


Jeff Evans

“There's no doubt that Mount Everest casts a mystical net at those who have marveled at the idea of climbing the mountain,” said Evans. “Every person that decides to climb it has a deep-seated desire to push themselves – it’s an itch that has to be scratched. Leading an Everest rescue team was one of my most satisfying projects. Every day I witnessed an extraordinary group effort.”

Patrolling Everest’s slopes from base camp to its balcony, Evans and the Alpine Rescue Service team go higher and further than any group has gone before to aid climbers in need, according to the Travel Channel announcement.

Learn more here: http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/everest-air-travel-channel-event-series-launches-october/










Adventure Capitalists is Shark Tank for Outdoor Enthusiasts

The wild success of the ABC hit Shark Tank has spawned numerous knock-off business reality shows. Each has a unique twist such as focusing on niches like restaurants or interior design. A new four-episode, hour-long series which debuted last month on CNBC is pretty much what it would look like if Shark Tank and Survivor – both Mark Burnett productions – had a child, writes Ky Trang Ho, on Forbes.com.

Like Shark Tank, Adventure Capitalists features a panel of wealthy moguls meeting with entrepreneurs seeking investments. But Adventure Capitalists, produced by 3 Ball Entertainment in Manhattan Beach, Calif., only showcases entrepreneurs peddling innovative outdoor recreation products.

“Outdoor enthusiasts tend to be intrepid personalities. Their ambition rarely stops when a particular trip or adventure is over,” said DJ Nurre, executive vice president of programming and development at 3 Ball Entertainment. “The best products and ideas originate from these individuals who are living the lifestyle, and therefore, are first to see the need and opportunity for a new product.”

Investors undergo extreme expeditions a la Survivor to test drive both the products and the entrepreneurs.

“Who doesn’t love really good gear? Over the years I’ve worked on a number of survival/adventure shows and no matter how unpleasant the region or climate we are headed into, the entire crew gets pumped when it comes time to hit Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) or Adventure 16 to gear up,” says DJ Nurre, executive vice president of programming and development at 3 Ball Entertainment.

Obviously this is a show for all lovers of outdoor schwag.

Read the article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/trangho/2016/08/18/adventure-capitalists-is-shark-tank-for-outdoor-enthusiasts/#55bbfe23436f

Watch investor and former skier and professional football player Jeremy Cooper in a promo clip for the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO5SE9Hht_w

Watch full episodes here: http://www.cnbc.com/adventure-capitalists/


Col. Norman D. Vaughan stands in front of Mt. Vaughan (Photo: Gordie Wiltsie)

Documentary Film Focuses on Life of Col. Norman D. Vaughan

He was the last surviving member of Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s 1928–1930 expedition. War hero, dogsled competitor, and big-time dreamer, the late Colonel Norman D. Vaughan, will be the focus of a documentary film. Produced by DreamQuest Productions and directed by Allan R. Smith, the doc will follow the life of Vaughan from his early days with Admiral Byrd to his final days planning a 100th birthday climb of Mt. Vaughan in Antarctica, named in his honor by Byrd. Vaughan passed away in December 2005, four days after his 100th birthday.

He was the first to climb his namesake mountain, in 1994 at the age of 88. It was a feat that landed him on the NBC Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and one documented in the National Geographic film, Height of Courage: The Norman Vaughan Story (1994).
His widow, Carolyn Mugge-Vaughan, will serve as executive producer and work closely with Smith and DreamQuest on development of the film, titled Dream Big & Dare To Fail, Vaughan’s catchphrase.

The documentary team will be reaching out to those that have been a part of Norman’s life for new interviews, as well as the team will be using archival footage from year’s past.

DreamQuest Productions is currently seeking sponsorship in the range of $75,000 for a summer 2017 release. For more information: info@dreamquestfilm.com, www.dreamquestfilms.com

DreamQuest Productions’ recent film, Eight Summits: The Bill Burke Story, about the oldest American to summit Mt. Everest and the Seven Summits, has won several industry awards and is now in distribution and available on DVD.
See a clip from Height of Courage here: https://vimeo.com/22174938

Welsh “Epic” Campaign Leads to Epic Rescues

Branding 2016 the ‘Year of Adventure’ seemed the perfect idea for a campaign to encourage holidaymakers to the Welsh mountains.

Visit Wales’s £4 million ($5.3 million) campaign, backed by survival expert Bear Grylls and extreme athlete Richard Parks, was designed to make Wales a leading global destination for adventure tourism.

It encouraged visitors to “Find their Epic” in the country, with the word “epic” raised on the Snowdonian mountains in four-meter tall letters.

But mountain rescue groups say a surge in visits by unprepared walkers has led to a record number becoming stranded and they are calling for safety lessons to be given to tourists, according to a story in the UK Daily Telegraph (Sept. 6) by Sam Dean.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team was called out to Snowdon 43 times in August – an increase from the previous record of 34 in August 2015. The rescue team relies on donations and spent about 1,000 volunteer hours attending incidents.

Rob Johnson, the team’s chairman, said: “To have 43 incidents in 31 days is not sustainable and serious consideration needs to be given to the future management of Snowdon and its visitors.

Read more: http://tinyurl.com/EpicWelsh

Eagle Scouts Learn to Cave

Cave explorer Bill Steele, 67, who two years ago retired from a 34-year career with the Boy Scouts of America, is still helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent, especially in regards to contributing his considerable knowledge of caving back to Scouting.

According to a story in the September 2016 issue of the National Speleological Society News, as director of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), Steele, who has explored more than 2,500 caves across North America and Asia, helped launch the NESA World Explorers Program dedicated to conducting national competitions to select young Eagle Scouts to experience life-changing opportunities in numerous fields.


Bill Steele is helping Eagle Scouts become explorers.





As part of NESA’s Speleologists program, four Eagle Scouts participated in a Cave Research Foundation expedition to Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, last June, to help with exploration, mapping, and studies in the world’s longest cave. Their experience included adding length to this 405+ mile ling cave, thus resetting a world record.


This seven-inch squeeze box was used to allow Scouts to train for 7-inch crawl spaces. They also practicefor navigating tight spots by squeezing through a metal coat hanger. (Photo courtesy of Jake Tholen)

Part of their pre-cave training was to make sure the Scouts knew how to fit into small spaces. A “squeeze box” was used to get them accustomed to the confined spaces they might experience underground.

According to Steele, “The National Eagle Scout Association plans to continue working with the Cave Research Foundation to select aspiring future speleologists who are Eagle Scouts to have an experience at Mammoth Cave. Hopefully it influences their path in life toward speleology.”

Learn more about the NESA World Explorers here:

http://www.nesa.org/explorer-video.html

http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2016/02/24/eagles-apply-for-one-of-five-incredible-research-expeditions-offered-by-nesa/

Everest Summit Faked

Nepal has imposed a 10-year mountaineering ban on two climbers who claimed to be the first Indian couple to have climbed Everest, according to a story on the BBC.

A government investigation concluded last month that photographs purporting to show the pair at the top of the world's highest mountain were faked. Officials say the ban is intended to deter other climbers from making spurious and dishonest claims. The pair's claims to have reached the peak in May were challenged by climbers. They argued that photos showing Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod at the summit were obviously doctored.

Tourism department chief Sudarshan Prasad Dhakal told the AFP news agency that an analysis of photos submitted by the two revealed they had superimposed themselves and their banners on photos taken by another Indian climber who summited Everest.

"The ban should serve as a warning for mountaineers to follow ethics," Dhakal said.

Read the story and see the doctored images here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37220114

EXPEDITION FUNDING






Explorers Club Accepting Applications for 2017 Student Grants

The Explorers Club is offering exploration grants averaging $1,500 for high school students and college graduates; and an average of $2,500 for graduate students.

Proposals are being considered in a wide array of disciplines, including Climate Change, Geoscience, Paleoclimate, Marine Science, Marine Biology, Marine Life, Fish, Coral, Ocean, Fresh Water, Rivers, Lakes, Estuaries, Anthropology/Archeology, Plants and Molds, Animals and Conservation Science. Deadline is Oct. 10, 2016.

For more details: www.grants.explorers.org

Another Way to Raise Funding: Appear in a Beer Commercial

It was #TBT on Facebook when we came across a vintage 1979 Olympia beer TV commercial featuring John Roskelley, the noted mountain climber and author from Spokane, Wash., known for his first ascents and notable ascents of 7000 and 8000 meter peaks in Nepal, India, and Pakistan.


John Roskelley proves coffee drinking is more dangerous than climbing.

The 30 sec. spot promotes the brand’s pure artesian brewing water as Roskelley rappels down a cliff face.

Reached by email, Roskelley remembers he also appeared in a Chrysler commercial while climbing Monkey Fist at Smith’s Rock, and a Sanka commercial with fellow climbers Rick Ridgeway and Bev Johnson.

“If the truth was known, the prop guy for the Sanka commercial was supposed to keep the coffee ‘steaming,’ and when the director said take a big gulp like you really enjoy the moment, I burned the shit out of my mouth. The prop guy had brought it to a boil and handed it to me. I had skin peeling off inside my mouth for a week,” he tells EN.

(And people think climbing is risky).

According to The Paley Center for Media where the spot is enshrined, Roskelley says, "Since too much caffeine bothers me, I drink Sanka brand decaffeinated coffee. It tastes terrific and it's ninety-seven percent caffeine-free, so it makes sense for me."

Olympia was acquired by Pabst Brewing Company in 1983 and is still available. Today Roskelley is a teetotaler having given up drinking in 1997 to set a better example for his daughter Jordan who he continues to climb with.

See the Olympia TV spot here: https://youtu.be/1p2jUmb3CuQ

EXPEDITION MARKETING

Salomon Designs New Everest Boot


Salomon is touting its custom-made mountaineering footwear by working with trail runner and mountaineer Kilian Jornet’s Summits of My Life project – an attempt to set ascent and descent records for the most important mountains on the planet, culminating with a record attempt on Mount Everest. Last July, Jornet visited Salomonʼs Annecy Design Center (ADC) in the French Alps.


Salomon will have to wait until it can test its new boot on Kilian Jornet on Everest.

The prototype footwear system consists of three separate parts and was developed in collaboration with Jornet over nearly three years. “Itʼs like one shoe for doing everything. You start from the base and you just add layers all the way to the summit,” Jornet says. “Itʼs modular, so you can get from the easy trails to the more technical terrain up high.”

On Sept. 15, Jornet announced postponement of his Everest attempt: “There’s a little bit of frustration because we are in good shape and well acclimatized, but the weather and the conditions are very dangerous. We’ve learnt a lot about the mountain and how to come back in the future.”

See the video about the new footwear here: http://www.salomon.com/int/blog/article/footwear-for-everest

Learn more about Jornet at:

https://www.facebook.com/summitsofmylife/about/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item&tab=page_info

ON THE HORIZON


Explorers will journey to Ellis Island for dinner.




The Explorers Club Annual Dinner Planned for Ellis Island, Mar. 25, 2017

It could be the end of an era. Last June New York’s landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel announced it would close in spring 2017 so owner Anbang Insurance Group Co. can begin converting most of the more than 1,400 rooms to luxury condominiums. The luxury hotel, managed by Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., is set to reopen as many as three years later, with about 300 to 500 hotel rooms remaining. The scope and details of the renovation, as well as the exact timing and duration of the hotel’s closure, are still pending.

This sent dinner planners at The Explorers Club scrambling for space to host their iconic annual dinner, now in its 113th year. Some boring Hilton Hotel ballroom just would not suffice. Recently they announced a new location and date for 1,200 explorers and their guests: New York's Ellis Island on March 25, 2017.

This year, the focus is on Cold Places – “environments that fundamentally shape our inner spirit, outer limits, and enable human stories that drive us all,” according to the Club’s announcement. Still to be worked out will be the logistics of transporting over a thousand people in black tie, gowns and Manolo Blahniks from lower Manhattan back to their hotels when they start ferrying off the island close to midnight.

The logistics are hardly a challenge. That. That right there will be proof this is a group that can handle almost any outdoor hardship with aplomb.

For more information:

https://explorers.org/events/detail/the_113th_explorers_club_annual_dinner


EXPEDITION CLASSIFIEDS

Get Sponsored! – Hundreds of explorers and adventurers raise money each month to travel on world class expeditions to Mt. Everest, Nepal, Antarctica and elsewhere. Now the techniques they use to pay for their journeys are available to anyone who has a dream adventure project in mind, according to the book from Skyhorse Publishing called: "Get Sponsored: A Funding Guide for Explorers, Adventurers and Would Be World Travelers."

Author Jeff Blumenfeld, an adventure marketing specialist who has represented 3M, Coleman, Du Pont, Lands' End and Orvis, among others, shares techniques for securing sponsors for expeditions and adventures.

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Get-Sponsored-Explorers-Adventurers-Travelers-ebook/dp/B00H12FLH2

Advertise in Expedition News – For more information: blumassoc@aol.com.

EXPEDITION NEWS is published by Blumenfeld and Associates, Inc., 1877 Broadway, Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80302 USA. Tel. 203 326 1200, editor@expeditionnews.com. Editor/publisher: Jeff Blumenfeld. Research editor: Lee Kovel. ©2016 Blumenfeld and Associates, Inc. All rights reserved. ISSN: 1526-8977. Subscriptions: US$36/yr. available by e-mail only. Credit card payments accepted through www.paypal.com. Read EXPEDITION NEWS at www.expeditionnews.com. Enjoy the EN blog at www.expeditionnews.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Alaskan Explorer is in it for the Long Haul



JOE HENDERSON: IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL

Arctic explorer Joe Henderson and wilderness guide Rhonda Schrader announced the launch of a new environmental project called the Henderson Haul Operation Extraction covering the entire state of Alaska. The project will consist of the recovery and disposal of abandoned oil barrels throughout Alaska.

It will be a consecutive winter project depending on funding. The team’s initial trip is in December for purposes of training during the coldest season to test gear while conducting its first clean up.

The two will locate and document existing abandoned oil barrels and extract them using a low impact freight-hauling dog sled team of 22 Alaskan Malamutes. “By extracting these environmental polluters, Henderson Haul will work to ensure these fragile ecosystems are healthy for future generations to enjoy,” the team announced.



The Henderson Haul teams hopes to make a difference in Alaska.

During the 1950s these barrels were deposited throughout the Arctic and other parts of the Alaskan wilderness by oil and mining companies in the race to find minerals and oil. They have been left abandoned to rot and pollute the environment for almost a century.

Project co-founder and teammate Rhonda Schrader, 44, of Hudson, Wisc., explains, “Because these abandoned barrels are in such remote areas, they haven’t gotten the exposure that other environmental clean up projects have. We are here to give these rotting barrels the exposure they have deserved for the last century.”


The first extraction will take place on the stampede trail leading to the famous McCandless Bus 142, the scene of the Jon Krakauer book, Into the Wild (Anchor Books, 1997)

Currently, the Henderson Haul team requests that anyone who spots oil barrel dump sites to contact them via their website and give exact GPS coordinates and details about the abandoned barrels.

Joe Henderson, 54, based in North Pole, Alaska, is an Arctic explorer, author and public speaker. He has been dog mushing and conducting Arctic expeditions for over 30 years. Henderson’s dog team was also used in the Disney movie White Fang and Joe himself was an actor, dog trainer and stunt double in the picture. Rhonda Schrader is a world-class wilderness guide with over 25 years of experience in the outdoors, including guiding an Arctic expedition.

Main sponsors are: Veterinary Home Health Care/Carolyn Schlick DVM, Nordykn, and Heat Factory.

For more information: hendersonhaul@yahoo.com, www.hendersonhaul.com

EXPEDITION UPDATE

Solar Impulse Beats Icarus in First Round-The-World Solar Flight




Solar Impulse and its ground team celebrate arrival at New York JFK on June 11, 2016

Where Icarus failed, two aviators succeeded in spectacular fashion, pointing to a bright future for clean technologies. Taking turns at the controls of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) – their zero-emission electric and solar airplane, capable of flying day and night without fuel – Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg succeeded in their dream of achieving the first ever Round-The-World Solar Flight (see EN, June 2016).

The landing brings full circle the historic circumnavigation that began on March 9, 2015, when Si2 set off from Abu Dhabi with André Borschberg at the controls.

The aircraft landed back in Abu Dhabi after a total of 23 days of flight and 26,744-mi./43,041 km traveled in a 17-leg journey. Beyond this historic milestone, the two Swiss pioneers will continue to urge the global implementation of energy efficient solutions through the creation of the International Committee for Clean Technologies and leverage the expertise and technology gained over the years in Solar Impulse by launching new innovative projects, such as the development of solar powered drones.

“This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it’s before all a first in the history of energy. I’m sure that within 10 years we’ll see electric airplanes transporting 50 passengers on short to medium haul flights,” said Piccard addressing the crowd while exiting the cockpit of Si2.

Learn more about the feat here: www.solarimpulse.com

Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia Tours the World

Earlier this month, new brands were discovered and existing brands launched new products at the giant Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, a four-day trade show that attracted 29,000 industry professionals drawn to Salt Lake by 1,626 outdoor brands.

One display that caught our eye was a virtual time capsule of 1991 climbing gear literally dug out of the ice on the 13,020-ft./3,970-m Eiger in the Swiss Bernese Alps (See EN, April 2011).



Jeff Lowe’s pack was stuck in ice for two decades.

Climber Jeff Lowe abandoned his pack in 1991; it was recovered in 2011 and subsequently displayed at the OR Show. Lowe was relieved – discarding the pack was contrary to his alpine-style aesthetic, of doing more with less and leaving nothing behind. When the pack was opened – it took eight days to thaw – the contents were covered in a gritty, sand like material determined to be oxidized aluminum.

Today, Lowe is confined to a wheelchair struggling with a debilitating disease; his documentary film, Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia, has won 17 film awards from around the world and is going on tour to film festivals, retail stores, and climbing gyms worldwide.

See the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/78219607

For details about booking the film, contact jefflowemovie@gmail.com, 208 630 4477, www.jeffloweclimber.com. Organizers will provide an event checklist for successful promotion of screenings.

New Record Set in 50 Peaks Challenge

Six-time Everest summiteer Melissa Arnot, alongside protégé Maddie Miller, became the first female team to complete the 50 Peaks Challenge, summiting all 50 high points in the U.S. within 50 days. Their official time was 41 days, 16 hours and 10 minutes, breaking the previous world record of 43 days, 2 hours, and 8 minutes. Arnot and Miller began the attempt on June 27, with Miller’s successful summit of Denali, and celebrated the completion of the challenge atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii on Aug. 7. (See EN, July 2016).

Over the course of their 41-day adventure, the two hiked 268 miles and ascended over 84,275 feet while summiting the highest point in every state. The team, accompanied by a van driver and cook, traveled over 19,594 miles across the country. The team was delayed by several mechanicals as well as a painstaking reroute at the last minute due to forest fires in Wyoming.

Eddie Bauer was a major sponsor. Other supporters included Zamst, makers of a lightweight EK-3 knee support used to stabilize Arnot and Miller’s knees and reduce pain to get them through the remaining peaks.
For more information: http://www.eddiebauer.com/campaign/50peaks/



Arrr you ready for a new pirate museum?

Pirate Plunder Displayed in New Cape Cod Museum

In May 2014, Barry Clifford, now 71, one of the world’s most noted underwater explorers, reported he found the wreck of the Santa Maria, flagship of Christopher Columbus, off the coast of Haiti. The greatest proof of its authenticity was a 15th-century cannon on the wreck site, which is directly out from the beach upon which archaeologists had discovered the site of Columbus' fort, precisely as Columbus wrote in his diary.

Clifford’s discovery is peer-supported. However, the following October, UNESCO's expert team published their final report, concluding that the wreck could not be Columbus's vessel, claiming fastenings used in the hull, and possible copper sheathing dated it to the 17th or even 18th century. The report was heavily challenged by Clifford. “It was highly political,” he said. “They conducted a prejudiced and nonscientific investigation of the site.” (See EN, October 2014).

The newest adventure for Clifford is a 12,000 sq. ft. museum in West Yarmouth on Cape Cod that will house a full-scale replica of the Whydah Gally, a pirate ship that sank in 1717 not far from Wellfleet, Mass.

Clifford discovered the wreck and its accompanying treasure in 1984; to this day, it remains the only fully authenticated pirate ship ever found. At the heart of Clifford’s project is an interactive lab where visitors can watch archaeologists work their way through recovered pirate artifacts piece by piece.

Learn more at: http://www.discoverpirates.com

Read about the museum in Boston Magazine:

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/article/2016/06/19/pirate-museum-cape-cod/

EXPEDITION NOTES

Cool Stuff


During our visit to the giant Outdoor Retailer trade show earlier this month, we couldn’t help drooling over three products that would look great hanging in our gear locker. Sure there were thousands of other new products in Salt Lake, but we found ourselves jonesing the most for:



Hydropower in your pocket

Fresh Juice – This is a mini Hoover Dam: Blue Freedom’s small and light hydropower plant. Using the power of flowing water, it generates portable energy to charge electronic devices on the go. It produces juice in any stream, day and night, in any weather and weighs just one pound. ($299, www.blue-freedom.net)



Bad guys would have to first break your car windows to defeat this lock.

Lockless Monster – Great product to keep honest people, well, honest. It’s a nine- or 16-ft. rubber-coated steel cable with balls on each end. Loop it through and around your expedition supplies, then shut the two balls inside your vehicle. We can remember some sketchy areas of Kathmandu where none of us wanted to leave the Land Rover unattended. ($14 - $18, www.lockless-monster.com)



These boots are made for walking.

Let Your Feet Be Your Guide – The Hi-Tec Navigator takes the effort out of navigation on land. Program your route into a special app on your smartphone, then head out on your journey. It relies on haptic or vibratory feedback allowing you to navigate intuitively and hands-free. One short vibration in your sole tells you which turn to take. Two short vibrations left and right means you’ve taken a wrong turn; increasing vibration in both soles at the same time means you’ve arrived. Made with Michelin Technical Soles. Coming soon; price not available.

See the product demo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t8xjAUugGM

Hurley Platinum Prints for Sale

The Royal Geographic Society (with IBG) is home to a remarkable collection of original photograph glass and celluloid negatives captured by Frank Hurley, the official photographer on the Endurance expedition (1914-17), and which made the perilous journey to safety with Shackleton, Hurley and the Weddell Sea Party following the destruction of the ship in 1915.



Frank Hurley desperately rescued his negatives when the Endurance sank.

Hurley’s diary of Nov. 2, 1915, explains, “During the day I hacked through the thick walls of the refrigerator to retrieve the negatives stored therein. They were located beneath four feet of mushy ice and, by stripping to the waist and diving under, I hauled them out.”

A century later, this iconic collection has been digitally mastered by leading experts, direct from negative for the first time, to create the first-ever limited edition series of platinum prints. Each print takes almost eight hours to complete. Unlike silver prints, where the image is floating in a gelatin layer on top of the paper, a platinum image is part of the fine paper on which it is printed.

Prices per print range from £650 to £2,750 (about $840 to $3,555). For more information: www.hurleyprints@rgs.org

Learn more about the platinum printing process here: https://vimeo.com/20321908

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"A dog’s iron will and a person’s spirit combined is a formidable force. They become one team, one being, one cohesive unit working together to overcome what was believed to be impossible."

– Arctic explorer Joe Henderson (see related story)

MEDIA MATTERS

Tales From the Vault


Nineteenth-century scientist Robert Kennicott spent most of his life collecting specimens for the Smithsonian. Years after his untimely death, he became part of the collections, according to a story in the Washington Post by Sarah Kaplan (Aug. 3).

The last anyone heard of Robert Kennicott was his cheerful hum as he strolled into the Alaskan wilderness early on the morning of May 13, 1866. “By age 30, Kennicott had become an accomplished explorer and celebrated naturalist for the Smithsonian Institution. He was bold, brilliant and fearless; someone who handled venomous snakes with his bare hands,” writes Kaplan.

A search party found his body shortly thereafter, returning his bones to his family homestead in Illinois eight months after his death.

Today, the bones of Robert Kennicott are housed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, just one of millions of research specimens the public rarely gets to see. NMNH has the world's largest natural history collection — 145.3 million objects that fill 1.32 million square feet of space. Forensic scientists studied the bones to determine whether Kennicott committed suicide as originally suspected.

Fifteen years after they first opened his coffin, and 150 years after he died, researchers believe they have the answer of what killed the scientist.

Read the story and watch the video here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/03/this-smithsonian-scientists-death-was-a-mystery-150-years-later-his-skeleton-helped-solve-it/?hl=1&noRedirect=1

EXPEDITION MARKETING



Can you hear me now?

Inmarsat Supports Sir Ranulph Fiennes Record Attempt

Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is embarking on a new record-breaking challenge – attempting to become the first person to have crossed both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on every continent. Between now and next May, the 72-year-old aims to climb Mount Carstensz in New Guinea, Mount Vinson in Antarctica, Aconcagua in Argentina and finally Denali, the highest peak in North America.

Sir Ranulph has already reached the North and South Poles by crossing the Antarctic continent and the Arctic Ocean (1982), climbed Mount Everest in Asia (2009), Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa (2004), and Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, earlier this month.

Throughout the challenge, the veteran adventurer will highlight his fundraising campaign for Global Reach Challenge which will raise money for Marie Curie, the UK charity that supports people with a terminal illness. He will share his experiences thanks to a package of satellite communication equipment and airtime supplied by Inmarsat, a leading provider of global mobile satellite communications.

Two IsatPhone 2 satellite phones will keep Sir Ranulph, his support team and a production company filming his endeavor in touch with each other and the rest of the world. With IsatHub, Inmarsat’s smart device connectivity service, they will be able to keep followers updated on his progress with images, blogs and social media updates.

Inmarsat’s BGAN HDR high speed streaming will power live broadcasts throughout the challenge on the BBC TV’s Breakfast Show.

Major sponsor is TMF Group, one of the world’s leading providers of global business services. For more information: http://tmfglobalreachchallenge.com



Trevor Thomas and Tennille

SPOT Makes a Difference for Blind Hiker and His Dog

The ubiquitous SPOT satellite messenger, which provides location-based messaging and emergency notification technology from remote locations around the globe, is teaming up with a blind hiker and his guide dog to promote September as National Guide Dog Awareness Month.

Trevor Thomas and his energetic black lab, Tennille, have walked over 6,000 miles and are aiming to reach 7,000 this year. Thomas is the first blind person in history to complete an unassisted solo, end-to-end thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, which is 2,190 miles long.

He says of his companion, “There are no other guide dogs that I know of that do what Tennille does. She’s enabled me to do things not only personally but professionally that I otherwise would not have been able to achieve; in a sense, she saved me.”

He says of his SPOT Gen3, which has logged to date over 4,600 rescues, “it is the most important piece of gear that I have to let folks know where I am and summon for assistance if needed. And should I truly be in a life-threatening situation – I can remember a few close calls – the S.O.S. button on my SPOT device will be there for me.”

Not only does he carry a SPOT Gen3 for himself, but Tennille also has her own SPOT device which she carries on her pack. “It’s simple. She is very important to me and while I know she would never voluntarily leave me, if something were to go wrong in the back country and we were separated, then her SPOT will be pinging and we could find her,” he says.

Thomas is passionate about his foundation, Team FarSight Foundation, Inc., which he founded in 2013 to challenge misconceptions and to push the boundaries of what is considered possible for a blind person to achieve. Other foundation partners are Camelbak, Feetures!, Marmot, and LEKI.

During the month of September, Team Farsight Foundation will receive $5 from every SPOT Gen3 purchased at a discounted price of $99.99 using promo code TENNILLE at checkout.
For more information: www.farsightfoundation.org, www.findmespot.com

ON THE HORIZON

AAC Athlete Speaker Tour begins in New York, Aug. 28

The American Alpine Club (AAC) Athlete Speaker Tour featuring legendary speed climber Ueli Steck, presented by Alpina Watches, will kick-off in New York on Aug. 28 and end in Denver on Sept. 14.

Ueli Steck is best known for his solo speed climbs of the infamous Eiger Nordwand, the Matterhorn, and more recently, the south face of Annapurna.

The highly acclaimed “Swiss Machine” will present an interactive slideshow about his experiences climbing the world’s largest mountains, setting speed records without oxygen, his daring 82 Summits Challenge, and recent trip to the Himalaya.

“As climbers we test our abilities and strive to climb harder and higher within the limits of our lives, bodies and minds,” said AAC CEO Phil Powers. “I think we all wonder what we could do with limitless time, extraordinary strength and skill and an unconstrained mind. Ueli Steck offers of glimpse of what that might look like – it’s inspiring.”
Tickets are currently available for all tour stops—the event is expected to sell out.

For more information: https://americanalpineclub.org/athlete-tour

World Explorers Summit, Sept. 3-4, 2016, Cardiff, Wales

The World Explorers Summit is an annual multi-day event and charity fundraiser which is coordinated by the World Explorers Bureau and a team of volunteers, dedicated to the world of exploration and adventure. The dates are September 3 to 4, 2016, in Cardiff, Wales, at the National Museum of Wales, a short distance from Bute Park, the City Centre and Cardiff Castle.



Audun Amundsen, explorer & filmmaker (Photo credit Huw James Media)

The event includes participation by the leading lights, visionaries and heroes in the world of exploration, adventure, mountains, oceans, conservation, polar, science and space – an all-star line-up throughout a weekend packed with talks, on-stage events, workshops and adventure activities. For more information: www.explorerssummit.com

The Explorers Club Names Lowell Thomas Awardees, Oct. 15, 2016

The Lowell Thomas Award Dinner, Oct. 15, 2016, in Santa Barbara, Calif., this year is themed, “Celebrating the Legacy of Open Spaces. Awardees for 2016 are:

Kristine McDivitt Tompkins – Before committing her life to land conservation, Tompkins spent two decades helping build Patagonia, Inc. into not only a leading provider of high quality outdoor equipment, but also one of the most conscientious businesses today.



Rick Ridgeway – One of the world’s most accomplished mountaineers, his impressive climbing résumé features many first ascents including being among the first Americans to summit K2, and to complete all “Seven Summits” of the highest peaks on each continent.

Laly Lichtenfeld – With 20 years of on-the-ground experience in East African wildlife conservation, Lichtenfeld specializes in human-wildlife conflict prevention focusing on lions and other big cats.

Martin von Hildebrand – The unstoppable von Hildebrand is spearheading establishment of the world’s largest ecological corridor, stretching from Colombia across Venezuela and Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean.

For more information about the Lowell Thomas Award Dinner, view:

https://explorers.org//news/news_detail/the_2016_lowell_thomas_awardees


EXPEDITION CLASSIFIEDS

Get Sponsored! – Hundreds of explorers and adventurers raise money each month to travel on world class expeditions to Mt. Everest, Nepal, Antarctica and elsewhere. Now the techniques they use to pay for their journeys are available to anyone who has a dream adventure project in mind, according to the book from Skyhorse Publishing called: "Get Sponsored: A Funding Guide for Explorers, Adventurers and Would Be World Travelers."
Author Jeff Blumenfeld, an adventure marketing specialist who has represented 3M, Coleman, Du Pont, Lands' End and Orvis, among others, shares techniques for securing sponsors for expeditions and adventures.
Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Get-Sponsored-Explorers-Adventurers-Travelers-ebook/dp/B00H12FLH2

Advertise in Expedition News – For more information: blumassoc@aol.com.

EXPEDITION NEWS is published by Blumenfeld and Associates, LLC, 1877 Broadway, Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80302 USA. Tel. 203 326 1200, editor@expeditionnews.com. Editor/publisher: Jeff Blumenfeld. Research editor: Lee Kovel. ©2016 Blumenfeld and Associates, Inc. All rights reserved. ISSN: 1526-8977. Subscriptions: US$36/yr. available by e-mail only. Credit card payments accepted through www.paypal.com. Read EXPEDITION NEWS at www.expeditionnews.com. Enjoy the EN blog at www.expeditionnews.blogspot.com.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Fuhgeddaboudit! Scientists Eavesdrop on NYC-area Whales


TEAM SEARCHES FOR NATIVE INSECT SPECIES ON EASTER ISLAND

Today, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is quite different from what the first Polynesian navigators experienced. As moai were carved and these impressive statues reached nearly 1,000 in number, an island-wide extinction event was underway. Due to a combination of factors including a fragile, fire-intolerant ecosystem, and an extended drought that occurred as the Rapanui society flourished, a catastrophic ecological shift occurred.

Palm-dominated scrub forest yielded to grassland. As this occurred, all native terrestrial vertebrates and most of the native plant species became extinct. Only 43 native plant species remain today, according to Dr. J. Judson Wynne, Ph.D., an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, Northern Arizona University. Wynne is leading a 3-1/2 month expedition to the island this month to conduct an island-wide survey for native insects.


Sebastian Yancovic Pakarati and Jut Wynne search for endemic insects in fern-moss gardens in the entrance of a cave on Rapa Nui. This same habitat has yielded 10 endemic species during Wynne's earlier work.

Nearly 400 insects have been documented on the island. However, only 31 are considered endemic (known to occur on Rapa Nui and nowhere else). Of these, 21 species have not been seen since they were first discovered several decades ago.

Recognizing the seemingly blighted ecological landscape, Wynne first ventured to Rapa Nui in 2008 to search for native insects. This reconnaissance was expanded to a multi-year project from 2008 to 2011. Through this work, Wynne's team identified 10 native insect species. Of these, eight species were new to science and endemic to Rapa Nui, while two species were considered endemic to both Rapa Nui and greater Polynesia. These 10 species may be some of the only native insect species remaining on the island.


Jut Wynne places a temperature and relative humidity data logger within the entrance of a cave on Rapa Nui.

Wynne is currently on Rapa Nui for the 2016 Expedición Rapa Nui. Working with local community members and Parque Nacional Rapa Nui personnel, his team is focusing on areas minimally impacted by humans, and thus most likely to support endemic insects.

By targeting areas likely to be relatively intact, he is optimistic the team will at least double the number of native insect species that are presently known to occur on the island.

Wynne's Rapa Nui research is funded through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar's Program, the National Speleological Society's International Exploration Fund, and Parque Nacional Rapa Nui.

To follow the expedition:

http://www.facebook.com/2016rapanui

Learn more about Wynne's work at:

http://jutwynne.com

EXPEDITION NOTES


This surface buoy will enable scientists to remotely listen for whales. The buoy will detect the calls and songs of several species of whales as they swim and feed in the waves just beyond New York City. (Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher for WCS)

Whale of a Study in New York

Scientists working for WCS's (Wildlife Conservation Society) New York Aquarium and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) now have an "ear" for the New York region's biggest "voices and singers": the whales of New York Bight.

Last month, the WCS New York Aquarium-WHOI team successfully deployed a hi-tech acoustic monitoring buoy in New York waters that will enable scientists to eavesdrop on some of the world's largest animals.

The digital acoustic monitoring buoy now floating in New York Bight will listen for whale vocalizations and other noise, and will relay information about the sounds it collects to a shore-side computer at WHOI where it will be reviewed for whale calls.

The buoy itself is four feet in diameter and its mast stands six feet above the sea surface. It is connected with patented "stretch hoses" to a weighted frame that sits 125 feet below on the sea floor. The frame carries a unique acoustic instrument that records and processes sound from an underwater hydrophone. Information from detected sounds is transmitted from the instrument to the buoy through the stretch hoses, and to shore through the Iridium satellite system.

The buoy is located between two major shipping lanes entering New York Harbor, 22 miles south of Fire Island's west end.

"This technology allows us to monitor the presence of several species of baleen whales in near real time, and to use that knowledge to better study and protect these endangered species in the extremely busy waters of the New York Bight," said Dr. Mark Baumgartner, a marine ecologist and co-lead of the joint WCS New York Aquarium-WHOI project.

Read more about it here:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/28/new-yorks-whales-to-be-studied-for-the-first-time?CMP=share_btn_tw

Artifacts Discovered on Return Expedition to Antikythera Shipwreck

An international research team has discovered spectacular artifacts during its ongoing excavation of the famous Antikythera shipwreck (circa 65 B.C.) last month. The shipwreck is located off the Greek island of Antikythera in the Aegean Sea.


Antikythera team members inspect small finds from the shipwreck while decompressing after a dive to 165 feet. (Photo by Brett Seymour, EUA/WHOI/ARGO)


Led by archaeologists and technical experts from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the team recovered 60 artifacts including gold jewelry, luxury glassware, a bronze spear from a statue, elements of marble sculptures, resin/incense, ceramic decanters, and a unique artifact that may have been a defensive weapon to protect the massive ship against attacks from pirates.

"Our new technologies extend capabilities for marine science," said Brendan Foley, a marine archaeologist with WHOI. "Every new dive on the Antikythera shipwreck delivers gifts from the ancient past. The wreck offers touchstones to the full range of the human experience: from religion, music, and art, to travel, trade, and even warfare."

The Antikythera shipwreck, the largest ancient shipwreck ever discovered, was possibly a massive grain carrier. It was discovered and salvaged in 1900 by Greek sponge divers. In addition to dozens of marble statues and thousands of antiquities, they uncovered the Antikythera Mechanism - an astounding artifact known as the world's first computer.

The Mechanism is an ancient analog computer used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and astrological purposesas well as the Olympiads, the cycles of the ancient Olympic Games.

Found housed in a wooden box, the device is a complex clockwork mechanism composed of at least 30 meshing bronze gears. Its remains were found as one lump, later separated in three main fragments, which are now divided into 82 separate fragments after conservation works.

The project is supported by corporate partners Hublot, Autodesk, Cosmote, Costa Navarino Resort and others.

Learn more about the discovery at:

http://www.whoi.edu/news-release/artifacts-discovered-on-return-expedition-to-antikythera-shipwreck#sthash.DWHXVJxO.dpuf

The Explorers Museum 2016 Film Festival and Exploration Achievement Awards

Dr. Lorie Karnath, president and founder of The Explorers Museum, based in Ireland, announced the recipients of the 2016 The Explorers Museum Film Festival:

* Jens Jensen The Living Green, by director Carey Lundin

* The Search for Michael Rockefeller, by director Fraser Heston

* Ireland's Ocean-Life in the Shallows, by director Ken O'Sullivan


Captain Norman Baker

* The Explorers Museum's 2016 Exploration Achievement Award went to Captain Norman Baker, celestial navigator on Thor Heyerdahl's Ra Expeditions. The expedition crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a papyrus boat in 1969 and 1970 to prove that the balsa log rafts used along the South American Pacific coast were capable of reaching Polynesia centuries ago.

For more information: Dr. Lorie Karnath, theexplorersmuseum@gmail.com, www.explorersmuseum.com


New York Wild Film Festival Seeks Entries

The New York WILD Film Festival, Feb. 23-26, 2017 at The Explorers Club in Manhattan, is the only documentary film festival in New York to present powerful exhilarating films about the wild world around us. Carefully selected films from around the world will cover a spectrum of wild topics, from exploration and adventure to wildlife, conservation and the environment.

Filmmakers are invited to submit their work by logging onto:

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/NewYorkWILDFilmFestival

View the NYWFF's two-minute sizzle reel and learn more at:

http://www.nywildfilmfestival.com

FEATS

Two Women Attempt 50 State Peak Bagging Feat

Zamst, makers of sports prevention and protective equipment, and Eddie Bauer, the active outdoor brand, are sponsors of an attempt by two women to achieve the first female team ascent of 50 U.S. high points within 50 days. Melissa Arnot, six-time Everest summiter and first American woman to ascend Everest without supplemental oxygen, is an Eddie Bauer guide who will be joined by college senior and guide in training, Maddie Miller.

At press time they had bagged 24 peaks in 14 days and were making Eddie Bauer store appearances along the way.

The Fifty Peaks Challenge officially began on June 27, when Miller reached the summit of Denali in Alaska, and was supported and mentored by Arnot, who was finalizing plans and logistics for the rest of the 49 climbs. The women then jumped on a plane to Florida where a crew met them with the necessary gear to complete the tour of the highest points in each mainland state. The two aim to complete the adventure with a final flight to Hawaii.

It's not necessarily a new idea: to climb to the top of all 50 can take a lifetime, only 253 people have done it as of 2014. In 2008, Coleman sponsored an attempt by two men that broke the 50 Summits record at the time of 45 days, 19 hours and 2 minutes.

Watch the Eddie Bauer promotional video and read more at www.fiftypeaks.com and www.eddiebauer.com/50peaks.

Canadian Arctic Expedition Raises Red Flag About Sedentary Children

This month two young families are attempting to paddle the length of the Mackenzie, Canada's largest and longest river. The Paddle to the Arctic expedition is designed to challenge the current childhood trends of a sedentary lifestyle dominated by television and computer time.


Less screen time means less sedentary children.

On average, children spend 35 hours a week in front of a screen and less than 25 percent of school-aged children participate in daily physical activity, according to the expedition. Paddle to the Arctic will challenge these trends as three youngsters document their experience in the rugged wilderness through blogs, videos and photographs, read by - wait for it - other children sitting in front of their screens.

But you get the picture.

The expedition is lead by one of Canada's most renowned adventurers, Kevin Vallely. His wife and two daughters, ages 12 and 10, will be joined by Vancouver intensive care physicians Craig Fava and Carole-Anne Yelle and their 11-year-old son. They will document their expedition experiences through the British Columbia Medical Journal.

"The perspective of a child will be a refreshing change to the often monotone voice of adventure dialogue," said Vallely.

Paddle to the Arctic will cover 1,087 miles from Great Slave Lake to the Arctic Ocean, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.

The paddlers will be using Kokatat apparel and PFDs throughout the expedition. Other outdoor companies are supporting the effort along with DeLorme InReach which is tracking their progress online.

Learn more at www.paddletothearctic.com

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"A mountain like Everest is a huge challenge, and climbing it reduces life to its essentials. You concentrate on staying warm, on having shelter, on getting food and water. It gives you a sense of being one with nature. So when you do that, and then you come back to the rest of the world, you don't worry so much about deadlines or being late for meetings. You realize what's really important in your life, so it's very rewarding."

- Dr. Kenneth Kamler, 68, a doctor on Everest during the deadly 1996 storm that killed eight and served as the basis for 1997 bestseller, Into Thin Air. Source: New York Daily News, May 27, 2016. Read the entire Kamler interview here:

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/dying-climb-mount-everest-read-article-1.2652386

EXPEDITION FOCUS

Trip Report: Searching for Ground Truth in the Canadian Arctic


By Ulyana N. Horodyskyj, Ph.D.
Science in the Wild
Boulder, Colo.

Ulyana N. Horodyskyj, Ph.D., a 30-year-old Boulder scientist, traveled to the Canadian Arctic last spring to study the difference between satellite images of Baffin Island glaciers, and the so-called "ground truth" research they gather by direct observation at the same sites seen from space (see EN, April 2016). He trip report follows:

"On April 11, we set off for the Great North - the Canadian Arctic. After removing a few seats and packing it to the gills with expedition gear, we were off in a Cessna 210 for a five-day journey. Our flight plan took us along the eastern part of Canada until we ran out of ground and had to turn north towards Baffin Island. In such a small plane, weather and icing patterns are important to track. Even if it means that it will take longer to get to our destination, it is important that we get there in the first place.

"Our 'base camp' was in the small Inuit town of Qikitarjuaq on Baffin Island, population: 500. We spent a few days here, repacking, getting oriented with Parks Canada, and speaking with locals in town who could provide insights to route conditions. As it turned out, early slush did not make it possible for us to access the Penny Ice Cap via our original plan (Okoa Bay). Instead, we were routed through nearby Coronation glacier, a 25-mile outlet glacier with a 100-foot calving (collapsing) front of beautiful (but dangerous) blue ice. Even getting there proved challenging, as one of the snowmobiles broke down in the slush after dropping us off.


The team credits some of the success of the trip to Starbuck, a sled that was sole survivor of the plastic-breaking morainal rocky terrain that did the other two sleds in. It functioned as a mini-fridge, a couch for sitting, and a foe when encountering uneven terrain. "I gave Starbuck a big bear hug near the end of its journey, but that was to stop it from crushing me as I guided it down the last steep slope," Horodyskyj tells EN. (Photo courtesy of Ulyana N. Horodyskyj)

"Moraine from the side of the glacier left big boulders in our track. Coupling that with deep snow and heavy sleds made for some arduous trail breaking - and, in fact, two of the sleds broke. It took a week to find a safe route for our team and the 80-100 lbs. sleds, as large crevasses with questionable snow bridges led me to take a longer and conservative approach to get us on the flatter and cleaner ice.

"During this time, we saw a mix of weather: from heavy wet snow, to wind, to beautiful blue skies. Fortunately, the later coincided with satellite overhead passes, so we were able to make ground-truth measurements, though an order of magnitude smaller (hundreds versus thousands of measurements) than we had planned, given the relentless post-holing in the snow overlying the ice. So it goes in the realm of field science.

"We reached the ice cap proper days later on skis and encountered the fiercest winds of the trip. A weather report from our meteorologist Chris Tomer stated that a storm was coming our way, so we made the decision to stop there and sample snow all the way from the ice cap back to town to track natural (dust) and anthropogenic (black carbon/soot) impacts, covering nearly 100 miles from 5,000 ft. back down to sea level.

"Despite slushy conditions, warmer than usual temperatures, some fierce winds, unexpected terrain hazards, and longer than expected transit times, we stayed safe, completed our science work, and tagged the ice cap.

These results are forthcoming later in the fall when I will have access to the lab instruments needed to make the measurements."

Follow Horodyskyj's work here:

https://www.facebook.com/scienceinthewild/

MEDIA MATTERS


Ski mountaineering legend Kit DesLauriers ascends Mt. Isto, the new highest peak in the Brooks Range (Photo by Andy Bardon)

After 60 Years, An Expedition Determines Highest Peaks in U.S. Arctic

Glaciologist Matt Nolan and ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers tested a new mapping system to end uncertainty about the highest mountain in the Brooks Range.

There's no question that at 20,310 feet, Denali is the highest peak in North America. The identity of the highest mountain beyond the Arctic Circle, however, was disputed for almost 60 years, Ria Misra at Gizmodo reports. Now, the matter has finally been resolved thanks to technology created by Matt Nolan, a glaciologist from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

"Historically, measuring a mountain has been pretty difficult," writes Jason Daley in the June 27, 2016 post on Smithsonian.com.

"In the past, trigonometric methods were used, but they are often inexact compared to modern methods. Today, measuring a peak down to the nearest inch means getting an instrument to the top, usually a GPS receiver. But climbing to the summit of some peaks, like those in the remote mountains of Alaska's Brooks Range, can be incredibly difficult, time-consuming and costly."

Nolan decided that determining the highest peaks in the Brooks Range would be the perfect way to test his new fodar setup, which uses a DSLR camera connected to a GPS unit to collect data for accurate 3-D maps of an area. "It's not like no one could measure this before it was just way too expensive to do so," Nolan tells Misra.

To put his fodar to the test, Nolan enlisted the help of Kit DesLauriers, one of the world's greatest ski mountaineers and the first person to ski down the Seven Summits, the seven highest peaks on Earth. Her job was to make it to the tops of Chamberlin and Isto and use a differential GPS system to measure their heights. At the same time, Nolan would use his fodar to map the peak, allowing them to test the accuracy of the new technology.

The fodar method was accurate down to about eight inches, according to results, which were published in the latest issue of the journal The Cryosphere. The study reveals that Mt. Isto is the highest peak in the American Arctic at 8,975.1 feet. In a surprising twist, Mt. Hubley edged into second place with 16 feet on Mt. Chamberlin, which came in third at 8,898.6 feet.

DesLauriers, based in Jackson, Wyoming, tells EN, "I'd very much like to participate in more studies where I can merge my mountain skills with science but at this time I don't have any specifics planned."

Read more:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-60-years-mountaineer-and-pilot-determine-highest-peaks-us-arctic-180959555/#5aSRL4kz35zAF1F0.99

Read the team's Cryosphere paper here:

http://www.the-cryosphere.net/10/1245/2016/tc-10-1245-2016.pdf

The Whole Tooth

Explorers are legendarily anal about reducing weight on their journeys. They use the pages of books as toilet paper, rip washclothes in half, trim the corners off freeze-dried food packets, and cut toothbrushes in half. But what happens if they forgo the toothbrush altogether?


Forget your toothbrush on your next expedition and you won't have to buy Billy Bob teeth for Halloween.

Dr. James Fischer, a Westminster, Colo., dentist, explains in icky detail what happens when you "forget" to pack your toothbrush and paste in the June issue of 5280 Magazine.

He says that after just one day teeth begin feeling a little furry. That woolly sensation is plaque-bacteria that feed on sugar and other food leftovers - beginning to stick to your teeth

After three to six days: plaque begins to leave stains on your teeth and harden into tartar.

After a week without a good scrubbing, your mouth becomes a petri dish of horrors. Bacteria begin eating into tooth enamel (read: cavities!) and gingivitis - mild gum disease caused by too much plaque - could begin to set in.

After a month of no brushing? Massive plaque buildup leads to decalcification, a scenario in which little white spots on your teeth indicate that your choppers are losing nutrients like calcium and phosphate and becoming susceptible to decay, according to Dr. Fischer.

Read the whole tooth here:

http://www.5280.com/magazine/2016/05/denvers-top-dentists-2016

WEB WATCH


Scorpions in your boots? If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em. Photo by Craig Chesek

Overcoming the Yuk Factor

Appetite for Invasives is a short film about eating marine invasive species, created by Explorers Club ECAD co-chairs Emily Driscoll, Nancy Rosenthal and Gaelin Rosenwaks. It premiered June 15 as an Editors' Pick on TheAtlantic.com. This rare, behind-the-scenes look provides insight into the sustainable-themed reception menu for the 112th Explorers Club Annual Dinner last March titled OCEANS: Current of Life! It stars Gene Rurka, an exotic foods specialist, who hopes people will try other kinds of fish products such as invasive lionfish and Asian carp.

See it here:

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/486365/dinner-menu-invasive-species/

EXPEDITION CLASSIFIEDS

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Author Jeff Blumenfeld, an adventure marketing specialist who has represented 3M, Coleman, Du Pont, Lands' End and Orvis, among others, shares techniques for securing sponsors for expeditions and adventures.

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