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Alessandra & Ryan’s Wedding

6th Annual Polar Film Festival

6th Annual Polar Film Festival

Hold - Sharyn Runyon Event - 6-10 pm

Exotic Bird Conference

Sea Stories 2017

Sea Stories is a day focused on exploration, conservation, scuba diving, shipwrecks, nautical history and marine life. This will be a great opportunity for those who are interested in the ocean to interact. Tickets will NOT be sold at door. Speakers and their topics will be posted later, and tickets will be available for purchase at that time.

9:00 AM Registration – coffee & continental breakfast
10:00 AM Presentations commence
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentations continue
5:00 PM Cocktail Party
7:00 PM Conclusion

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Palmer Ramsey

Palmer Ramsey

T-Hold - Gabrielle Jaworskyj

FIT symposium

See Lacey

Courtney Emerson

Jeff Lamia

Tristan & Sadie’s Wedding

Lei & Fraiser Wedding

Coleen’s Event

Don Hartzell’s Daughter’s Wedding Second Floor

Ruth And Ezra Wedding

Private Party - Karen Nelson and Danny Greenberg

Second Floor reserved Saturday June 17th. Private Party for Karen Nelson and Danny Greenberg. Per Andrew and Will.

Ann Passer Private Event

Private Event - Rehearsal Dinner
6pm
Second Floor
917-209-1116

World Oceans Weekend

Tentative - Symposium/Film Festival

World Oceans Weekend

Tentative - Symposium/Film Festival

World Oceans Weekend

Tentative - Symposium/Film Festival

Hold - World Oceans Week

Hold - World Oceans Week

Hold - World Oceans Week

Hold - World Oceans Week

Weslee & Dave Wedding

No Public Lecture - Club Closed - Memorial Day

T-Hold: Martin Kraus Birthday Party

T-Hold - Ann Passer - Dinner

T-Hold - Ann Passer - Dinner

Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation - 2nd floor

T-Hold: Martin Kraus Birthday Party

Kathleen Linburn_Second Floor_12:00-2:30pm

Public Lecture Series with Daryl Hawk

Young Explorers Program

Hold - Robin Art Event

Public Lecture Series with Joel Grossman

Hold - Bonnie Wyper Event - 2nd Fl

Hold - Bonnie Wyper Event - 2nd Fl, per Will request 8/5/16

Rolex Tour with Will

16 ppl at 11AM - (no conflict with Bonnie, called 1/24/17)

SATURDAY SCIENCE FOR STUDENTS

Per John Tanacredi

Date: 05-06-2017

Hold - Bonnie Wyper Event - 2nd Fl

Hold - Bonnie Wyper Event - 2nd Fl

Hold - Bonnie Wyper Event - 2nd Fl, per Will request on 8/5/16

Robert Moore

Columbia University_Jennifer

Public Lecture Series with William Rom

Hold - IDA Africa - 2nd Fl

Will request on 2.13

Hold - IDA Africa

Hold - As Told At The Explorers Club

Hold - Judith Dinner - Kristine Thompkins et al

Public Lecture Series with George Sirk

Modern Times Too: A documentary on Papua New Guinea

Narrated ‘live’ by George Sirk

In 1981, George Sirk went with two ornithologists, Wayne Longmore, from the Australian Museum, and Brian Finch from the UK, to Papua New Guinea on a birding expedition to the Chambri Lakes and the Bayer River Highlands. The lakes had not been surveyed since the 1930’s and new data was sought by the Museum.

The unaffected authenticity of ‘Modern Times Too’ was a direct result of George’s honest rapport with the Papuans. This, combined with his expertise in the Australasian natural world, will be apparent as he narrates the film with his mesmerizing tales.

George brought his Rollei Super 8mm camera and a limited amount of film to document the Bayer River Highland’s pristine high altitude rainforest habitats, Birds of Paradise (BOP) and hopefully, the annual Papuan dance ritual known as a sing-sing. He recorded the discovery of a Meliphaga Honeyeater’s nest that was, until then, “undescribed” and collected footage of several species of BOPs. It was, however, the documentation of Papuan life that made this film a rare collection indeed.

The film is registered in Canada as a Documentary Short and premiered in 1982 at the University of British Columbia. It was digitally remastered and edited in 2013 for its presentation at the ‘Wings Over the Rockies’ festival in the Upper Columbia Valley, BC.

In the film we witness the creation of a meal, from locating and digging megapode fowl eggs to the preparation of the “omelette”; every implement, cooking vessel - their virtuosic twelve-second genesis of FIRE! - all procured with ease, specificity, and within close range...let’s call it the 100 foot diet!

The grand finale is rare, impromptu footage of a sing-sing. The last of the film stock was candidly shot in a remote village, with special permission, and spectacularly showcases the elaborate display of Papuan wildlife worn on the headdresses. George saw many more species of BOPs on the heads of Papuans than in the wild, yet their habitat relationship with BOPs is mutually beneficial, whereas industrial logging is exclusive.

This film features a realistic glimpse of Papuans successfully carrying on with their oft called ‘primitive’ way of life undeterred by modern times. George marvels at the Papuan culture and its corresponding relationship to nature which has resulted in a singularly impressive 45,000 years of ecological balance. In the light of our ‘modern’ global malaise, it begs the question, ‘What is primitive and what is modern, after all’?


George Sirk’s refreshing perspective, enthusiasm and passion for nature are contagious. These qualities have made him an exceptional naturalist guide, photographer and film maker. A passion for creating slide, film and video documentaries has evolved to collecting ‘images’ of nature through sound recording and sketching. This led to producing documentaries for ‘Spark’ and ‘Out Front’ on CBC Radio Canada, as well as regular appearances with ‘On the Island’, CBC Victoria, and hosting his radio show ‘Nature Boy” at the University of Victoria, BC. Most recently, he produced an audio-diary of his Arctic 2016 Northwest Passage expedition with Adventure Canada. For over 45 years he has guided for an array of leading travel companies, including Lindblad Expeditions, Adventure Canada, Costa Rica Expeditions and Travel Wild. After an early specialization in birding expeditions to Australia, Papua New Guinea and Central America, George has broadened his scope to the high Arctic over the past ten seasons. From camping with Tapirs in Belize to spotting Narwhals in the frigid Arctic, his interpretative work is always suffused with humour and vivid story-telling.

Date: Monday, April 24

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price: $5 with a valid student ID

Reservation Notes:

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Duncan Burke Tea_The Gallery

Sailing Stories 2017

Sailing Stories is day focused on sailing-based exploration and conservation. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

9:00 AM Registration – coffee & continental breakfast
10:00 AM Presentations commence
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentations continue
5:00 PM Cocktail Party
7:00 PM Conclusion


George and Wendy David - “Survival at Sea.”

Mr. and Mrs. David have campaigned three boats – all Rambler or variations like Rambler 100 and Rambler 88 – internationally since 2007. The three boats have competed in most of the world’s blue water races including transatlantics (three eastbound and two westbound), Rolex Fastnet, Buenos Aires to Rio, Newport to Bermuda, Rolex Middle Sea, RORC Caribbean 600, Around Ireland, and Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Collectively, the boats have set records in the Transatlantic Race 2011 (Newport to England in six days and twenty-two hours), Buenos Aires to Rio, RORC Caribbean 600, Rolex Middle Sea, Newport to Bermuda, and Around Ireland. The boats have competed in – and won – traditional regattas such as the Voiles in both St. Tropez and St. Barth’s and the Maxi Worlds in Sardinia.

The first Rambler was a 90’ Reichel Pugh water ballast design, and the second a Juan K 100’ canting keel design. The current Rambler 88 is also Juan K, this time at 88’ but half the displacement. Mr. David previously campaigned four boats from an IOR ¾ tonner to an IMS 50 – all named Idler.

The most publicized events of Mr. and Mrs. David’s racing is the capsize of Rambler 100 in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet. Twenty-one crew were racing and all survived after the yacht’s canting keel fractured just below the hull and the boat was upside down in less than sixty seconds. Five of the crew – including Mr. and Mrs. David – spent just over three hours in the waters of the Irish Sea while the remaining sixteen managed to climb the overturned hull. Mrs. David was severely hypothermic and required a helicopter lift from a rescue boat.

Mr. David is the retired Chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corporation. Mrs. David spent fifteen years at Tiffany & Company with responsibilities in Investor Relations and Operations and Business Development.

Mr. David holds degrees from Harvard and the University of Virginia and Mrs. David has a degree from New York University. She is a member of the board of the Metropolitan Opera Club and of the Advisory Board of Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He has been Vice Chairman of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Chairman of the Darden Foundation at the University of Virginia.

Sharon Green – “Ultimate Sailing.”

Ms. Green has been capturing electrifying images of performance sailing for more than three decades. Her annual calendar, featuring the highlights of competitive yacht racing around the globe, is eagerly anticipated by thousands of boating, sports and photography enthusiasts worldwide.

She has been extensively published in the world’s foremost boating periodicals and published two books since first taking up a camera in high school. Ms. Green worked on eight America’s Cups, and countless other high profile campaigns and regattas. In recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments in photography, Ms. Green was awarded an honorary Master’s Degree from the prestigious Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

She is happiest when photographing on the water or from a helicopter the elusive images of high-powered yachts sailed by stellar crews in epic conditions that combine to create a thrilling photograph.

Herb McCormick – “One Island, One Ocean: Sailing Around the Americas.”

Mr. McCormick and a small group of sailors crewed the 64-foot cutter Ocean Watch and successfully negotiated the Northwest Passage, rounded Cape Horn, and saw villages, cities, islands and coastal habitats touched by climate change.

Over the course of their epic journey, he and the crew traversed 28,000 nautical miles and 50 ports of call in 13 countries. Mr. McCormick and the crew studied the waters, took thousands of photographs and met a cast of fascinating characters, from native elders to curious schoolchildren, wildlife biologists and families of fisherman.

The former editor-in-chief of Cruising World magazine and yachting correspondent for the New York Times, Mr. McCormick is an accomplished offshore sailor who has raced and cruised from above the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and countless places in between. An award-winning journalist, he is the author of four sailing books including the critically acclaimed As Long As It’s Fun, a biography of legendary voyagers Lin and Larry Pardey.

Peter Nichols - “Sailing With Darwin and FitzRoy.”

Sailor and bestselling author, Mr. Nichols will discuss and show images from two sailing adventures—across the Atlantic, and around Cape Horn—with the great-great grandsons of Charles Darwin and Captain Robert FitzRoy, of HMS Beagle.

Mr. Nichols is the author of the bestselling novel The Rocks, the nonfiction bestsellers A Voyage for Madmen, Evolution's Captain, and three other books of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction. His novel Voyage to the North Star was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC literary award. His journalism has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Before turning to writing full time, Mr. Nichols held a 100 ton USCG Ocean Operator’s license and was a professional yacht delivery skipper for 10 years. He has also worked in advertising in London, as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, been a shepherd in Wales, and sailed alone in a small boat across the Atlantic.

Matt Rutherford - “Non-Stop Circumnavigation of the Americas.”

Mr. Rutherford is the first person in history to complete a non-stop, single-handed, voyage around North and South America. He left Annapolis, Maryland and traversed some of the most dangerous seas on Earth. During the first leg of his trek, Mr. Rutherford broke a record by solo sailing the smallest boat in history through the Northwest Passage.

Once through this northern passage, Mr. Rutherford sailed around the entire state of Alaska then south through the Pacific Ocean from North to South America to make his left-hand turn at storm-tossed Cape Horn and completing his record breaking journey in 309 days after sailing 27,077 miles at sea.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Reservation Notes:

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Price: Tickets are $75 for both Members & the general public. Tickets purchased after April 17 will increase to $80. There is a block of student tickets available to students with a valid academic ID, for $35.

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have a question, comment, or would like to make an offline reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Recommended attire is smart casual.

Empowers Africa

Hold - Presidential Dinner for Burt Avedon

Columbia University_ Brittany Badik

Public Lecture Series with Alex Shoumatoff

The Wasting of Borneo: Dispatches From a Vanishing World

Alex Shoumatoff's new book, The Wasting of Borneo, his eleventh, is about the destruction of the world’s most ancient and species-rich rain forest — Borneo’s lowland rain forest — by the palm-oil and logging industries. In 2012 he visited Birute Galdikas and the orangutans she has devoted her life to, in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. This fall, peat fires from rain forest cleared and burned for conversion to oil palm plantations, raged for months and thousands of orangutans died of starvation and smoke inhalation. In 2013, he camped for ten days with one of the last bands of semi-nomadic Penan hunter gatherers in Sarawak, the heart of the island, which is being devastated by logging. Few Americans are aware that the greatest destruction of biodiversity on the planet is happening here, and that we are implicated. Half our household products contain palm oil.

Alex Shoumatoff's first book, Florida Ramble, was published in 1974. In the fall of 1976 he spent nine months in the Amazon researching a Sierra Club book, The Rivers Amazon, which has been compared to the classics of Roosevelt and Bates. His next book, Westchester: Portrait of a County, was excerpted in the New Yorker, for whom Shoumatoff became a staff writer in l979. There he wrote long form pieces that were then developed as books: The Capital of Hope, Russian Blood, The Mountain of Names, In Southern Light. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1985.

In 1986, Shoumatoff wrote a profile of Dian Fossey for the newly resurrected Vanity Fair that was inspired the movie, Gorillas in the Mist and was collected in African Madness. He covered ousted dictators for Vanity Fair (Stroessner, Bokassa Mengistu, Mobutu) and wrote a seminal piece on Tibet and the Dalai Lama. His 1989 piece about Chico Mendes, the murdered leader of the Amazon's rubber tappers, was optioned by Robert Redford and expanded into The World is Burning.

Agony and Ivory — about the slaughter of Africa's elephants and the smuggling of their tusks to China — and Positively 44th Street — a portrait and memoir of the block between Sixth and Sixth avenues — are recent Vanity Fair pieces, and he has done recent pieces for Smithsonian Magazine on the sandhill crane spring gathering in Nebraska, the white spirit bear of British Columbia, the devastation of Borneo’s rain forest, and a forthcoming piece on giraffes.

Shoumatoff was born in Mt. Kisco, New York, on November 4, 1946. After graduating from Harvard College in 1968, he worked on The Washington Post, as a singer-songwriter, and as the resident naturalist at a wildlife sanctuary in Westchester County.

Date: Monday, April 17

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Presentation

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid student ID

Reservation Notes:

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Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure a reservation, you may also call us at 212.628.8383 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Photo: David Holderness, in camp with Penan hunter-gatherers (Sarawak 2013).

SATURDAY SCIENCE FOR STUDENTS

Per John Tanacredi

Date: 04-15-2017

Hold - Private Event Screening - Mission Control

Hold - Clark Room for the Friends of the British Library

Will request, 12/28/16

Public Lecture Series with Stockton Rush

Manned Submersibles Open the Ocean to a New Era of Individual Exploration

Stockton Rush wanted to be the first person to walk on Mars – a dream fostered by NASA’s Apollo program, Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey. This dream inspired him enough that in 1981, at age 19, he became the youngest jet transport rated pilot in the world. 10 years ago he realized that much of the life to be discovered is right here on Earth. In fact, if we think about the dirt we live on as ‘Earth’, there are an additional three planets worth of oil, minerals, precious gems and other mysteries on this planet yet to be discovered in the oceans – and only 5% of the ocean depths have been explored to date. There are over 250,000 species and hundreds of thousands of shipwrecks and other wonders yet to be discovered.

Stockton believes the ocean is underexplored beyond scuba depths because, up to now, the opportunities to go deep have been restricted to a handful of scientists and film makers. In large, part this restriction is because currently there are only six research submersibles in the world capable of diving to 4,000 meters (roughly the average depth of the oceans) and all are government owned.

To change this, and open the ocean to a new era of human exploration, Stockton is leading the development of a new class of manned submersibles and delivery systems. OceanGate is currently developing Cyclops 2 to add to its fleet of manned submersibles. Scheduled to debut in 2017, Cyclops 2 will be the only privately owned submersible in the world capable of taking 5 crew members to depths of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet). Dive targets in this depth range include RMS Titanic, wrecks of the Battle of Coral Sea, many hydrothermal vents, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and Galapagos Rift.

Stockton will share images of some of the dozens of submersible expeditions he has led in the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico oceans. Including his most recent expeditions where he led a week-long manned submersible expedition to explore the legendary Andrea Doria to capture detailed sonar images of this iconic shipwreck. The expedition crew included two Explorers Club Members who participated as mission specialists. He will also discuss the expedition he led to British Columbia to film the elusive Sixgill sharks. Other expeditions include the discovery of a lost CIA dive lockout chamber near Catalina Island, the mapping of a sunken gold rush era paddle wheeler in Lake Laberge in the Yukon Territory, and the discovery of a Grumman F6F Hellcat aircraft that crashed and sank near Miami, carrying Explorers Club Flag #75.

Over the past 20 years, Stockton has overseen the development of multiple successful ventures. He most recently served on the Board of Directors for Seattle’s BlueView Technologies, a manufacturer of small, high-frequency 2D and 3D sonar systems. In 1989, Stockton personally built a Glasair III experimental aircraft, which he still owns and flies today. He also completed a heavily modified Kittredge K-350 two-man submersible, in which he has conducted over 50 dives to date.

Date: Monday, April 10

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Presentation

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, NY, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid academic ID

Reservation Notes:

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Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To secure a reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tour - Linda Edelman

10AM & 2PM
50 people in both sessions
See Lacey

Ted Private Event

10 AM - 3PM, 2nd Floor

Young Explorers Program

Hold - Film Screening - Jungles in Paris

Carter Bales_North Shore_Second Floor

Public Lecture Series with Jonathan White

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Writer, sailor, surfer and conservationist Jonathan White’s love for the sea is lifelong. He grew up on the beaches of southern California, built and sailed many boats, logged more than a hundred thousand miles on the Pacific and Atlantic, and surfed all over the world. After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a gale on a large tide in Southeast Alaska, White wanted to learn just exactly how the tide works. Ten years of exploration took him to five continents where he saw the largest, fastest, scariest, most amazing tides in the world.

With Lukasi Nappaaluk, an Inuit elder, he slithered through a hole in the arctic ice and gathered mussels in the dark cavities left behind by a dropping tide. In France, he met the monks who live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he observed cutting edge contemporary tidal power generation; in China, he witnessed the world’s largest tidal bore, a 25-foot wave that charges eighty miles upriver at twenty miles an hour. On the San Blas Islands off Panama, White visited the indigenous people whose archipelago is disappearing under the sea; in Venice, Italy, he studied the extraordinary modern technology preserving that romantic old city of art, bridges, and canals. And at the Royal Society of London, he learned that Plato and Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Newton, Descartes, and many other noted thinkers had been captivated — and befuddled — by the tide’s mystery.

Combining photographs and stories, Jonathan shares his discoveries and explorations of the deepest workings of the tide around the globe, including the Bay of Fundy in Canada, the Mavericks Surf Competition in Halfmoon Bay, California, and the dangerously thrilling narrows of Skookumchuck in British Columbia.


Jonathan White has served on numerous conservation boards and committees, including the San Juan Preservation Trust, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, and the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative. As founder and former director of the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization based in Seattle, Washington, he spent eleven years building a seminar program aboard the schooner Crusader in the Pacific Northwest, from Puget Sound to Southeast Alaska. Resource Institute sponsored weeklong seminars aboard the sixty-five-foot schooner, with subjects ranging from navigation, anthropology, and whale research to poetry, writing, music, and photography. Psychologist James Hillman, scientist Lynn Margulis, poet Gary Snyder, Robert Bly, Gretel Ehrlich, Richard Nelson, Paul Winter, Art Wolfe, and William Stafford were among the many luminaries who taught aboard Crusader. Jonathan’s first book, Talking on the Water, grew out of these experiences.

jonathanwhitewriter.com

Date: Monday, April 3rd

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Presentation

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, NY, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid academic ID

Reservation Notes:

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Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Leslie Gold

Lynn D All Day Film Festival

Debra Dohnert

Debra Dohnert

Hold - Concert

Hold - Concert, per Will request

Hold - Stecher & Horowitz Piano Event - Allen Yueh

Public Lecture Series with Ryan Pyle

Chinese Turkestan


Sparsely populated and spanning more than 1.6 million square kilometers of desert, river basins, mountains, and grasslands, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has had a turbulent history. Many of the events that have occurred there during the last 2500 years have been inextricably associated with its geographical position in northwest China, at a crossroads linking Europe and Asia. Traversed by branches of the series of trade routes that formed the ancient Silk Road, the region has been fought over and controlled by a succession of warlords and empires. Join Ryan as he spends nearly a decade exploring AND documenting the ancient footsteps in shifting sands in China’s remote northwest. His photography book, titled Chinese Turkestan was published in 2014.



Born in Toronto, Canada, Ryan Pyle spent his early years close to home. After obtaining a degree in International Politics from the University of Toronto in 2001, Ryan realized a life long dream and traveled to China on an exploratory mission. In 2002 Ryan moved to China permanently and in 2004 Ryan became a regular contributor to The New York Times. In 2009 Ryan was listed by PDN Magazine as one of the 30 emerging photographers in the world. In 2010 Ryan began working full time on television and documentary film production and has produced and presented several large multi-episode television series for major broadcasters in the USA, Canada, UK, Asia, China, and continental Europe.

Date: Monday, March 27th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid academic ID

Reservation Notes:

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Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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The 113th Explorers Club Annual Dinner on Ellis Island


The Explorers Club is proud to play host to world's largest gathering of explorers, with the 113th edition of our historic Explorers Club Annual Dinner. Honoring the world’s leading explorers and field scientists since 1904, more than 1,200 explorers and guests will gather at New York's Ellis Island on March 25th, 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. We connect our guests to their passions through risk takers, innovators, and the visionaries of our time—those who persevere and persist through the unthinkable. We share the stories that make people feel something—tales that shape our perception of what’s possible.

We are thrilled to announce that Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be attending as our keynote speaker. "Sir Ranulph has climbed the Eiger and Mount Everest. He’s crossed both Poles on foot. He’s been a member of the SAS and fought a bloody guerrilla war in Oman." As described in his new book Fear, "the world’s greatest explorer delves into his own experiences and those of others to try and explain what fear is, and how we feel it.” HODDER & STOUGHTON (6 OCT. 2016) We are honored to have him join us.

This page contains schedule information, ticketing, and will also include updates on hotels and weekend excursions as they become available. Please be sure to follow our facebook, instagram, and twitter pages for updates on the Annual Dinner.

We hope you will join us March 25th on Ellis Island, the historic gateway for over 12 million journeys! The evening will feature an awe-inspiring 8-minute ferry ride, views of NYC’s iconic skyline, Explorers Club Flag returns from the field, interactive exploration displays, our famed unique cuisine, all with the glow of Lady Liberty as the backdrop!


AWARDEES


The Explorers Club Medal


André Borschberg, FI ‘13

Fueled by a drive to push the boundaries of the possible in both technology and human endeavors, André Borschberg is an entrepreneur who converted the vision of a solar airplane of unlimited autonomy into reality and, together with Bertrand Piccard, completed the first circumnavigation of the globe in a solar airplane.


Bertrand Piccard, M.D., FI ‘00

Bertrand is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. Taking turns at the controls with André Borschberg for the first flight around the world on solar power, his ambition is to leverage pioneering spirit for a useful contribution to the cause of renewable energies.


Nainoa Thompson, FN ‘15

Nainoa Thompson is the President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and a master in the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrument navigation. Through his voyaging, he has opened a global, multi-generational dialogue on the importance of sustaining ocean resources and maritime heritage.


The Tenzing Norgay Award

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita

Born into a Sherpa community in Lukla, Nepal, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita became one of the first female mountaineering instructors in her country and is the first woman to summit Nangpai Gosum.


Explorers Club Citation of Merit

George Basch, MN ‘10

George Basch is the founder of the Himalayan Stove Project, an organization dedicated to preserving the Himalayan environment and improving the health of the people living there.


The Sweeney Medal

Lee Langan, FN ‘99

Having served faithfully on the Board of Directors for six years, and in a number of roles on various committees, Lee Langan is currently the Editor of The Explorers Log and Chair of the Publications Committee.


The New Explorer Award

Sophie F. Hollingsworth, SM '14

Founder of AquaAid International, an organization that provides water and sanitation solutions to remote communities, Sophie Hollingsworth has traveled the world pursuing her interest in health and environmental change.




SCHEDULE of EVENTS


Thursday March 23rd

Explorers Club Headquarters
Daytime: Chapter Chair Workshops
6:00: Chapter Chairs Dinner

Friday March 24th

Explorers Club Headquarters
5:00 pm: New Members Reception
6:00 pm: Clubhouse Reception (Members & Guests of Members)

Saturday March 25th

Daytime: Excursions around NYC
11:30 am: VIP Lunch at Club Headquarters

Explorers Club Annual Dinner
Ellis Island, Departures from Battery Park, Lower Manhattan
5:30 pm VIP guests board boat at Battery Park , 5:45 Departure
     6:00 pm arrival for private VIP cocktail reception
6:15 pm General Reception guests board boat at Battery Park, 6:30 Departure
     6:45 pm arrival for general reception on Ellis Island
7:45 pm: Dinner Program

Sunday March 26th

Explorers Club Headquarters
10:00 am: Annual Meeting
    Open to Explorers Club Members ONLY
11:00 am: Sunday Clubhouse Events Begin
    Open to Members and Ticketed ECAD Guests ONLY
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Sunday Presentations Begin
5:00 pm: High Tea


LODGING


The Club has arranged a block of rooms at the beautiful Loews Regency New York, on the corner of Park Avenue and 61st Street. Within walking distance of the Clubhouse, Central Park, Grand Central Station, and several major subway lines, the Loews offers an ideal location for the Annual Dinner weekend. Sleeping Room Rates available from March 21st - 29th, 2017. Pricing starts from $299 for a Superior King Room, a highly discounted rate.

Click here for online booking
Loews Regency New York, at the Explorers Club rate

Parking: $80 sedan, $95 SUV per Day, no in-and-out privileges.
Please call 1-800-233-2356 if you need to stay before or after the above dates listed.


Please note: Stay tuned for announcements regarding the Saturday excursions.

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Photos courtesy of Martin Hartley


Hold - Potential ECAD Edelman Event

Hold - Potential ECAD Edelman Event

Hold - Library - Sean from Racing Extinction

T-Hold - Trophy Room - Ira Haupt - Archaeological Institute Event

Public Lecture Series with Tristan Gooley

How to Read Water

Clues, Signs & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea

From wild swimming in Sussex to wayfinding off Oman, via the icy mysteries of the Arctic, natural navigator and bestselling author, Tristan Gooley, draws on his own pioneering journeys to reveal the secrets of ponds, puddles, rivers, oceans and more to show us all the skills we need to read the water around us.

Tristan Gooley is an author and natural navigator. He set up his natural navigation school in 2008 and is the author of the award-winning and bestselling books, The Natural Navigator (2010), The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs (2014) and How to Read Water (2016), three of the world’s only books covering natural navigation. He is also the author of The Natural Explorer (2012), and How to Connect with Nature (2014).

He has written for The Sunday Times, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the BBC and many magazines.

Tristan has led expeditions in five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, sailed small boats across oceans and piloted small aircraft to Africa and the Arctic. He has walked with and studied the methods of the Tuareg, Bedouin and Dayak in some of the remotest regions on Earth. He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed single-handed across the Atlantic and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society. He is Vice Chairman of the UK's largest independent travel company, Trailfinders.

Date: Monday, March 20th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid academic ID

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Hold - Ann Passer - Forrest Galante

Hold - Zita Rosenthal Tour with Lacey

Bietl Event

Public Lecture Series with Bob Brier

Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt


In the 19th century three massive obelisks left Egypt bound for Paris, London, and New York. The engineers entrusted with transporting “Cleopatra’s Needles” had to invent new methods to transport these granite monoliths, and it was far from certain that they would succeed.

It took the French four years to lower, transport and erect their obelisk. The London obelisk was lost at sea and six brave men lost their lives attempting to transport it to England. When Lt. Commander Henry Gorringe brought New York its obelisk, he was forced to sail in an unflagged ship that, while at sea, could have been seized by any nation

In this lecture, Bob Brier tells how obelisks were quarried and raised in ancient Egypt and then recounts the remarkable adventures involved in bringing the three obelisks across oceans to their new homes.

The lecture will be followed by a signing of his new book, Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt.

Dr. Bob Brier is Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on mummies and was the first person in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver using the exact techniques of the ancient Egyptians. In 2010 National Geographic TV presented his documentary called “Secret of the Great Pyramid” discussing a new theory of how the great Pyramid was built. Dr. Brier’s research has been featured in such media as CNN, 60 Minutes, and The New York Times.

Date: Monday, March 13th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid academic ID

Reservation Notes:

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SATURDAY SCIENCE FOR STUDENTS

Per John Tanacredi

Date: 03-11-17

Hold - Concannon Event - Camp Mowglis Reunion

Lamont Meeting 10-5pm

DHPSNY Meeting All Day Second Floor

Hold - Lacey - Wonder Voyage Tour - 2pm

Public Lecture Series with Gareth Roriston

The Last Dance - Watha Elephant Culture

Traditionally hunter gatherers and seldom documented, Gareth Roriston will present on the Watha community of Galana, Kenya — their history, traditional culture, survival techniques, and current issues faced by the community as they homogenize into modern Kenyan society, at the potential expense of losing their history and cultural identity. In particular, the Watha's long history of elephant hunting as a way of life, in the face of the well-known crisis facing African Elephants today.

The Watha are now a disenfranchised people.

Long respected by neighboring tribes for their unrivaled mastery of tracking and stalking, their enormous and powerful bows are specifically designed for the largest land animal on earth — the elephant.

Overnight in 1948, their world changed with the advent of a national park on their ancestral lands. Despite their long history and tradition in the area, Watha men defaulted to the status of ‘poacher’ for subsisting as they had for generations. The presentation will include footage of the Watha demonstrating their legendary large game tracking skills, their intimate understanding and reverence for their quarry, and an overview of the educational process involved in acquiring their unique skillset.

As they are seldom documented, this history of the Watha is drawn from both academic resources and their own oral tradition. The lecture will also include a history of how Roriston came to know and work with the community, and a discussion on the process of producing a documentary on the tribe. The film is now in post-production under the working title The Last Dance.

With only a few hundred individuals left, The Last Dance may be the final documented work on the scattered tribe before their culture is lost, as they adapt into wider Kenyan society.

A discussion of their current options as both a community and as individuals will also be presented, with anecdotes from individual contemporary Watha.



Gareth Roriston is an explorer of the human condition through the lens of evolution. He is a former professional Mixed Martial Artist with a BSc in “ Science and Management of Exercise and Health” from The University of Surrey.

Finding himself in Kenya running fitness retreats and delivering lectures geared toward health and wellness, using mankind’s niche in evolution as the filter, Gareth later went on to follow his passion for nature and performed the role of Acting Warden for the Galana Wildlife Conservancy seasonally over a period of four years.

During this period, as part of an anti-poaching effort across Galana Wildlife Conservancy’s 65,000 acre unfenced span, he began to keep intelligence folders and notes regarding poaching incidents — individuals such as trespassers and known poachers in the local community and rumored ivory trafficking routes.

One particular community were often cited as complicit in the black-market ivory trade, including the most notorious poacher in the area. This poacher’s allegedly enormous kill count of elephants, coupled with the fact that the animals were always taken by traditional means (bow and arrow), hinted at an extremely high level of bushcraft.

With scant, but inspired literature available about this mysterious elephant hunting tribe, Gareth learned as much as he could and set out to learn more first hand. Eventually, an opportunity arose to drive a government ranch manager(complete with local security forces) to the very heart of the tribe’s village. While in the village, Gareth met the notorious poacher's father and one of his brothers, who confirmed much of what he had read, and taught him much more about traditional Watha culture.

Gareth maintained contact with this family and even hired them to teach him their form of bushcraft, local knowledge and cultural lore, which culminated in the making of a forthcoming documentary film about the tribe.


Date: Monday, March 6

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, NY, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price: $5 with a valid academic ID

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Public Lecture Series with Mark Lender

The Wasting of Borneo: Dispatches From a Vanishing World

Photo by David Holderness, in camp with Penan hunter-gatherers, Sarawak 2013.

Date: Monday, March 6th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid academic ID

Reservation Notes:

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Larry Huntington Second Floor

Young Explorers Program

Adam Gordon - Private Event

Second Floor Evening Event
100 people
212-443-5031

Adventure Canada Presents The March Hare NYC

Adventure Canada proudly presents The March Hare New York Programme.

What is the Hare?

A night of storytelling and songs from some Newfoundland’s finest talents.

Since 1987, writers, musicians, and anyone who hates Newfoundland winters have been sharing poetry, prose, tunes, and pranks at a cozy pub in Corner Brook to stay warm.

Somehow, over the years, this vigorous but humble celebration has transformed into a literary festival that features not only the work of local poets but also some of the best writers from Canada and beyond—as well as music from some of the finest professional musicians in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Named after Lewis Carroll’s neurotic rabbit and born of the musically poetic loins of Al Pittman, Rex Brown, and George Daniels, the March Hare now travels all over Newfoundland and Labrador and has spread throughout Canada. This year marks its second trip south of the border to the United States, and will be featured for one night only at The Explorers Club.

This one-night event includes refreshments, and is limited to just 130 guests. Please book early to avoid disappointment!

Join us this year with our special guests:

Mary-Lynn Bernard

Mary-Lynn Bernard has been a staunch and intrepid member of the theatre community in St. John’s since 1980. Besides her recent work as a puppeteer in the the many tours and performances of "Queen Of Paradise’s Garden," she has acted in such productions as "Beyond Therapy" (by Christpher Durang); "The Christmas Mummers Play " (by The Mummer’s Troupe); "The Marriage Proposal" and "The Bore" (both by Anton Chekhov); "Overruled" (by George Bernard Shaw); "Pilk’s Madhouse" (by Ken Campbell); the children's theatre production of "Jack Five-Oh" (by Andy Jones and Phillip Dinn); and "Uncivil Servants" (by Steve Palmer). She was a member of the collectives which wrote and performed "Six Gums Headed For Tulsa," "The Boys Who Cried Wolf," and "Dancing on The Roof." Mary-Lynn has also performed as a member of the Flashpoint Improvisational Theatre Troupe, and had a role in the television mini-series "Random Passage." Her recipe for Boiled Dinner appears in "Three Servings."

Michael Crummey

A Canadian poet and writer, Michael Crummey was born in Buchans, Newfoundland and Labrador, Crummey grew up there and in Wabush, Labrador, where he moved with his family in the late 1970s. He began to write poetry while studying at Memorial University in St. John's, where he received a B.A. in English in 1987. He completed a M.A. at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1988, then dropped out of the Ph.D. program to pursue his writing career. Crummey returned to St. John's in 2001.

Since first winning Memorial University's Gregory J. Power Poetry Contest in 1986, Crummey has continued to receive accolades for his poetry and prose. In 1994, he became the first winner of the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for young unpublished writers, and his first volume of poetry, Arguments with Gravity (1996), won the Writer's Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry. Hard Light (1998), his second collection, was nominated for the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award in 1999. 1998 also saw the publication of a collection of short stories, Flesh and Blood, and Crummey's nomination for the Journey Prize.

His debut novel, River Thieves (2001) became a Canadian bestseller, and won the Thomas Head Raddall Award, the Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing, and the Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Choice Award.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones, an actor, writer, story-teller, and director was born and lives in St. John’s Newfoundland. There, he co-founded and worked at the Resource Centre For The Arts at The L.S.P.U. Hall and was a member of the well-known Newfoundland Comedy troupe CODCO in its theatrical and television incarnations. He has also appeared in numerous movies including the much loved Rare Birds and the Newfoundland cult classic The Adventure Of Faustus Bidgood.

Andy is also a children’s book author with five award-winning Folk tale adaptations to his credit, in addition to the brand new just released Jack And The Green Man. Visit andyjonesproductions.com for more information.

Pamela Morgan

For 19 years, Pamela Morgan was lead singer, guitarist, and arranger for Canada’s pioneering “Celtic” band, Newfoundland’s Figgy Duff, who brought the traditional music of Newfoundland to the world stage.

Since then, Pamela has been spearheading her own independent record label, Amber Music, producing music for NL’s finest roots artists, including four of her own solo CDs, and licensing tracks to various labels worldwide.

As solo artist she has graced stages in England, Canada, the US and Europe, and overseen productions of two original scores for live theater; her own folk opera, “The Nobleman’s Wedding”, and Figgy Duff’s score for Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”.

In 2007 she received an honorary doctorate from Memorial University, and in 2008 embarked upon a different journey, studying Graphic Design at the College of the North Atlantic. This new skill set led to the release of her handmade book “Newfoundland Ballads for Piano and Voice” in 2011.

In 2013 Pamela completed recording Figgy Duff’s Tempest score, “Sounds and Sweet Airs” and released her fourth solo CD, entitled “Play On”. Further development work of her original folk opera ” The Nobleman’s Wedding” is ongoing, inspired by a 2014 production of the opera at the Stephenville Theatre Festival.

She continues to write, arrange, perform and tour in her own highly original and hauntingly beautiful style. Visit pamelamorgan.ca for more information.

Dave Paddon

Dave Paddon is a retired airline pilot originally from Northwest River, Labrador. He grew up listening to the songs and stories of the trappers and attending many a late night “session” around many a kitchen table. In 1986 he married a Gander girl and subsequently became immersed in Island culture. As a result he accumulated a store of material which suddenly bubbled to the surface when he and Kim returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005 after 20 years upalong. He wrote his first recitation in 2007 and has now written 24. Five of these have been published in handmade chapbooks and his work is available on a CD or through electronic download. His recitation “Ralph:Flying Hound” was recently released as an illustrated children’s book.

Dave lives in St.John’s and is a regular at festivals and fundraisers throughout the province. Visit davepaddon.com for more information

The Poems of David Elliott

David Lloyd ("Smoky") Elliott (1923–1999) was a Canadian poet.

Born in Garnish, Newfoundland and Labrador, Elliott grew up in a number of Newfoundland fishing outports, but spent most of his youth in Campbellton, Notre Dame Bay. He left school at age fifteen to become a telegraph operator and later served in World War II. In his memoir, A Soldier First, General Rick Hillier, retired Chief of Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces, recalls borrowing books from David Elliott while a boy growing up in Campbellton, and recounts the story that Elliott served in military intelligence during the Second World War.

Elliott entered Memorial University of Newfoundland at the age of 25, where he won numerous scholarships and awards, graduating with a first-class degree in English Language and Literature. Following studies in psychology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, he worked for a time as a clinical psychologist in St. John's, and then as an editor with the Queen's Printer in Ottawa before returning to Memorial as a Ph.D. student in the early 1970s. In 1975, Elliott joined the faculty of the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus of Memorial University, where he taught until his retirement in 1989.

After an initial burst of creativity, Elliott wrote little between the late 1950s and the late 1970s. Soon after his appointment to the English faculty at Grenfell College, however, inspired by an ambiance that encouraged creative writing, he started to publish new poetry in literary magazines and anthologies, and began to receive invitations to read his work publicly. In 1982, a studio recording of him reading his poetry was included on the vinyl disc, Newfoundland Poets, Vol. 1 (Pigeon Inlet Productions). In 1988, his poetry was collected in The Edge of Beulah (St. John's: Breakwater Books). Elliott was one of the original performers at The March Hare, and in 1995 he was the first person to be honored in having the festival for that year dedicated in his name.

Join us for this special event and be eligible for a special savings on Adventure Canada’s June 2017 Newfoundland Circumnavigation!


Date: Wednesday, March 1

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Performances Begin

Location: Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, NY, NY, 10021

Reservation Notes:

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Tickets are $25 for non-Members, and $10 for Members

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Seminar Series - Doc Hermalyn FE’75

How To Plan A Trip

On February 28, 2017, Doc Hermalyn FE’75, will discuss ‘How To Plan A Trip’, specifically addressing important components including the trip’s avowed purpose, preparation, selection of people, assigning ‘who does what’, researching the destination, scheduling the plan and necessary prior meetings, the travel process itself and follow-up. Doc will base his presentation on an upcoming trip to Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky, then traveling south to walk the Cumberland Gap of Daniel Boone fame. He will explain how one arranges such a challenging program and the process, sometimes complex, that it entails. Doc will also discuss the problems and successes of a previous Explorers Club Adirondack camping and hiking trip in 2013. In outlining the necessary steps for planning, Doc, an inveterate traveler, will advise Members how they can correct and prepare for various possible eventualities.

Exploration Seminars Program are free of charge and for Members Only.

6:30 pm
in the Board Room at Club Headquarters

Exploration Seminars Program:

As in the past, the Club’s more experienced and accomplished Members will address practical field needs and disciplines directly relevant to exploration. The common goal of the series is to contribute and expand field knowledge in a ‘show me how to’ format, with several sessions providing a ‘hands on’ approach.

Please note the Exploration Seminars are for Members only, without charge, but reservations are required due to limited seating in the Board Room. Members wishing to attend should email the Club Receptionist at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), to secure space.

For further information regarding the seminars, or to suggest future topics and speakers, please contact Daniel A. Kobal, Ph.D. FE’89 directly at (718) 757-7996 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Film Screening - The Hudson: A River at Risk

The Hudson River, like many waterways around the world, has long been treated like an infinite waste barrel, a dumping ground for toxic chemicals, hazardous waste and trash. But for the past fifty years an amazing collection of environmental groups – Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, Clearwater and many more – have worked to revive the Hudson and the beautiful Valley that surrounds it. These accomplishments remind us what a resilient resource the river is.

Join filmmaker and Club Member Jon Bowermaster for ‘The Hudson, A River At Risk,’ a report on a handful of serious and growing threats to the river. Jon will be joined by Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper, and Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson, for a Q&A following the film.

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The boom in transportation of crude oil is turning the Hudson Valley into an energy corridor. Each train carries three million gallons of highly flammable and toxic fuel.

The Indian Point Energy Center sits just 35 miles from Times Square and has a long history of leaks, spills and fires. Many, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, would like to see the plant shut down permanently.


The construction of a pair of new bridges to replace the Tappan Zee is the largest building project in North America. Inevitably it has environmental impacts.

PCBs dumped into the Hudson by General Electric goes back to the 40s, resulting in a poisoned river and a monumental, government-enforced clean-up. Now G.E. has pulled out before the job is finished.


Two different pipelines, two different stories. One carries natural gas, the other crude oil. One goes under the Hudson and skirts Indian Point, the other hopes to parallel the NYS Thruway’s ‘right-of-way,’ essentially butting it up against resident’s backyards.

The Hudson has long served as a marine highway, connecting Albany to NYC. Crude oil has begun making its way along the channel by barge. A new proposal to increase the number of anchorages in the Hudson suggests that more barges will follow suit.

Date: Tuesday, February 28

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening, Q&A to follow

Location: Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Reservation Notes:

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Hold - Jon Bowermaster Film Screening

Public Lecture Series with Stephen A. Smith

Into the Thick of It: Expeditions into the Arctic Ice Pack


Walking up to the average man on the street, the term ‘Arctic ice’ may or may not register. But for anyone who knows and cares about the North, those words are most likely to conjure imagery of vast glacial icecaps and colossal icebergs calving off of polar glaciers. Nearly all ice-related reporting continues to focus upon the meltdown of glaciers and icesheets in Greenland and Antarctica.

Into the Thick of It explores the lesser-known categorization of ‘Arctic ice’: the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean. In a setting of polar mountains, rapidly drifting floes and shimmering mirages, several expedition adventure stories are merged into a narrative informed by evidence-based cryospheric research. What is ‘ice albedo feedback’ and how is it that Northern hemisphere sea ice is tethered to the world’s ocean and atmosphere system? Stephen uses his lifetime of expedition experiences to make sense of the impressive and consequential science on Arctic sea ice.


To the 21st century travelling public, the term ‘expedition’ is a buzzword used in marketing campaigns to sell ship-based cruising and luxury base camps. But to Canadian adventurer and documentarian Stephen Smith, the descriptor is all about kayaks stuffed tightly with a month’s provisions, a landscape untouched by human enterprise, and a few hundred miles to paddle before the next resupply. For Stephen, ‘expedition’ has distinctly Shackletonian connotations.

Stephen Smith has been involved in Arctic adventure and research expeditions since the late 1970s. For over two decades he led mountaineering and sea kayaking expeditions in the High Arctic, and in 2004 he led a 5-week kayak expedition through the Nares Strait between Greenland and Ellesmere Island. A self-confessed pagophile, Stephen’s films have been informed and shaped by the intensity of his experiences on polar ice. His recent feature Vanishing Point (a National Film Board of Canada production) bears witness to the challenges facing indigenous hunting culture in a time of declining Arctic sea ice. Stephen’s wildlife and adventure photography has been widely published in books and leading magazines including Natural History, Outside, and National Geographic.

Date: February 27, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Presentation

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price: $5 with a valid academic ID

Reservation Notes:

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NY WILD Film Festival Sunday


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from Thursday to Sunday

February 23rd to February 26th

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