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Chapter Event - St. Louis

The Alaskan Arctic by Camera and Canoe

Mr. Richard Spener and Mrs. Toni Spener will be presenting regarding their travel by canoe, camping and photographing in the remote areas of Alaska as an adventure. It is a major expedition that they plan and execute themselves. Their typical group is 6 people. The many pallet loads of gear that must be shipped to the bush pilot in Alaska include canoes, paddles, food and camping gear for 2 weeks. In their presentation they have you join them on the journey from planning through the adventures on land and river as they explore three remote wild areas above the Arctic Circle.

Adventuring in Alaska is a passion for the Spener’s: Toni has been to Alaska 18 times and Richard has been there 16. They have explored from the Arctic Ocean to Southeast Alaska on their own trips. They have become passionate advocates of wild Alaska and have over the years presented programs on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Western Arctic to various local universities, Canoeopia (Madison, Wisconsin), Rotary Club, Audubon, Sierra Club, MONEP and to the St. Louis Camera Club.

Toni and Richard are avid outdoors people and environmentalists. They are both on the Board of the Alaska Wilderness League. Toni serves on the executive committee of the Eastern Missouri group of the Sierra Club. Richard is a dedicated whitewater kayaker and an active member of MONEP.

The two of us spent more than two years photographing the eight wilderness areas in Missouri. Our photographs were developed into an exhibit "50 Years of Wilderness Through the Lens of Missouri's 8 Wilderness Areas" to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the wilderness act. The exhibit was on display at the Missouri History Museum thru January 5, 2014. It is currently in Jefferson City and then on tour around the state.

Richard's photographs have appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, The County Journal, National Wildlife Federation publications, on line publications of St. Louis Audubon, and Alaska Wilderness Leagues publications. Richard has had several one-man photo exhibits in the St. Louis area. Toni won this year's St. Louis Post-Dispatch travel photography contest with her photo of a buffalo at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Richard has a similar picture that is the header on the park's website and in their 2014 calendar.

Date: 04/23/2014

Reservation Notes:

The Racquet Club
476 N. Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO
(314) 361-2100

- 6:00pm - cocktails (cash bar)
- 6:30pm – dinner
- 7:15pm - lecture

To RSVP, please mail a check prior to April 18, 2014 made payable to: 

The Explorers Club – St. Louis Chapter
c/o Mr. Benjamin Hulsey
One US Bank Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101

PRE-PAYMENT IS REQUIRED FOR DINNER, Payments are no longer accepted at the door.

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