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
What qualities made Lewis and Clark great leaders? They were able to lead a small group of men from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River and back. They maintained peaceful relationships with many Native American tribes. They navigated their way through country that was little mapped, traded for horses so they could cross the Rocky Mountains, built canoes to float down the Columbia, and sent back animals and plants after their first year. Their story has been told many times, but rarely with an attempt to analyze the qualities that made their expedition safe and successful.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
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
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.
‘Appetite for Invasives,’ a short film about eating marine invasive species, created by ECAD2016 co-chairs Emily Driscoll, Nancy Rosenthal & Gaelin Rosenwaks, premiered as Editors’ Pick in The Atlantic! This rare, behind-the-scenes look, gives insight into the sustainable-themed reception menu for the 112th Explorers Club Annual Dinner - OCEANS: Current of Life!