Central Asia’s Silk Road: People and Places - Sam Mehta will share images of his journeys along the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Specifically, he will transport you to Central Asia through his images and his intellectually stimulating narration covering history, geography, people, culture, art and architecture. He will also share his perspective on how these five new countries are handling the post-Soviet transformation and share his thoughts on how the new Silk Road, led by the Chinese, will influence their future.More Details
Footsteps of Thesiger – 44 Days Across the Arabian Desert: British record-breaking polar explorer and adventurer Adrian Hayes will recount his crossing of the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Desert, by camel and foot, in the trail of legendary 1940's British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger.More Details
The Explorers Club is closed today - Monday, October 10th - in honor of Columbus Day. We will resume regular operating hours at 9:00 am Tuesday morning. There is no public lecture this week.More Details
Don Young will tell the story of a vanishing ritual — virtually unknown to the rest of the world — that could hold the key to saving elephants and other wildlife in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Africa. For many years, Young and his friend Senior Warden William Kimosop have studied remarkable individuals who are envoys between people and elephants. Singing ancient songs, they welcome the elephant herds, asking them not to destroy their fields, and to bless their children to be "as good as the elephant." Don and William believe this ancient ritual can be a foundation to save wilderness and wildlife in the spectacularly beautiful Kerio Valley.More Details
Ian Baker is an anthropologist, Tibetan scholar, and curator who has written seven books on Himalayan cultural history, environment, art, and medicine including The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place, The Dalai Lamas Secret Temple: Tantric Wall Paintings from Tibet, The Tibetan Art of Healing, Buddhas of the Celestial Gallery, Tibetan Yoga: Secrets from the Source, and the forthcoming Secret River: Journeys in the Hidden Land of Pemako.More Details
Mark Evans will tell the tale of the recreation of the first ever crossing of the largest sand desert on earth — the Empty Quarter of Arabia. The journey of 1,300 km reached Doha in Qatar on January 27th 2016, after 49 days on foot and by camel through Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.More Details
A Curious Secret: The wild whales of the mid-Atlantic ridge - Wade and Robyn Hughes have mounted nine expeditions to the Azores, including two Explorers Club Flag expeditions, in order to photograph the underwater behavior of enigmatic sperm whales and other species of cetaceans that populate the abyssal depths of the mid-Atlantic Ridge.More Details
Mr. Fremantle will discuss his 1000-mile walk along the US-Mexico border - it zigzagged between the two countries - with a street dog called Pancho. The talk will focus on the challenges and dangers faced when covering an average 25 miles a day, but also the immense goodwill shown on both sides of the border. He will touch on some other writers who have travelled with animals, including John Steinbeck and his French poodle, Charley; Dervla Murphy and her mule, Jock; and Robert Louis Stevenson and his poor, much-thrashed donkey, Modestine.More Details
Cooperation and individuality among man-eating lions - Nate Dominy will explore the geopolitical, social, and ecological conditions of East Africa during the 1890s, and how a combination of these factors led to the serial predation of humans by two male lions in 1898. The man-eaters of Tsavo have since attained a level of notoriety that is virtually unsurpassed in the annals of human-animal interactions. The idiosyncrasies of these lions behavior invite study, and Dominy will describe the results of collaborative research based on a stable isotope analysis of the Tsavo man-eaters and their prey.More Details
UTOPIAN FRUITS OF THE JUNGLE - After staying three years with a traditional culture deep in the jungle of Indonesia, Audun Amundsen learns their unwritten language and get unique insight into the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the natives. Through film he has documented the clashes between a culture in demise and the outside world since 2004.More Details
The Last Giants features stunning visuals, both stills and video, illustrating the majesty and beauty of the world’s giants — the great whales. Some acoustical recordings will be used as well as charts and maps as the viewer will be taken on a journey of discovery into the lives of the Blue and other great whales.More Details
Exploration Under Sail - Expeditionary voyaging in small craft still holds great promise, and Ralph Naranjo, author of The Art of Seamanship, raises compelling reasons to follow in the wake of Cook, Wilkes and Darwin. But he also alludes to the three big challenges inherent in small craft voyaging—a need to balance crew skill, enhance the seaworthiness of your vessel and understand the constraints posed by the sea.More Details
Club Fellow Jim Kennard, along with fellow explorers Roger Pawlowski and Roland “Chip” Stevens, have announced the discovery of a rare 18th century sloop discovered in Lake Ontario. Jim’s team discovered the shipwreck this summer in water off Oswego, New York. Images captured by the team’s ROV has confirmed the vessel is the Washington, sank during a storm in 1803. As reported by Kennard on his website shipwreckworld.com, “The sloop was enroute from Kingston, Ontario to Niagara, Ontario, Canada with a full cargo when it foundered during a gale on Lake Ontario in 1803. The Washington is believed to be the oldest confirmed commercial sailing ship to exist in the Great Lakes. It was the first sloop built on Lake Erie and the first to sail in both Lakes Erie and Ontario.”
Click here to read the full report on shipwreckworld.com
We all join in saluting and honoring our extraordinary Explorers Club colleagues, Bertrand Piccard FI’00 and André Borschberg, FI’13 on their historic achievement—the world’s first round-the-world flight by a solar powered aircraft. As you know, The Explorers Club Flag accompanied this mission and was displayed at many of the stops along the route.
The journey started in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on March 9 last year and after 17 stops, Bertrand piloted Solar Impulse 2 on its last leg from Cairo to Abu Dhabi, landing on July 25.
Along the route, André set a world’s record, piloting Solar Impulse 2 on the longest non-stop solo flight by a solar powered aircraft last July—4 days, 21 hours, 52 minutes over the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii.
Bertrand and André started the Solar Impulse project 14 years ago to advance aviation technology and spotlight climate change. They say they have clearly advanced both goals.
We are enormously proud of our association with Bertrand and André, and their magnificent achievement of a carbon free circumnavigation of our planet – a remarkable first in the history of worldwide aviation.
We are proud to announce our 2016 Lowell Thomas Awardees: Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, Rick Ridgeway, Laly Lichtenfeld, and Martin von Hildebrand. Tickets for the event will go on sale shortly, check back on here our website and our Facebook page for updates! Be sure to book your lodging soon, spots are going fast. You can click here for more information on lodging options in Santa Barbara.