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Exploring Legends with John Blashford-Snell

In 1968 Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia invited the British Army to send a team to explore and make the first descent of the infamous Blue Nile. Captain John Blashford-Snell of the Royal Engineers was commissioned to select, train and lead the 60 strong party.

The success of this immense expedition led to even tougher assignments, such as the first vehicle crossing of the complete Darien Gap in 1971/2 and in 1974/5, navigating almost all the 2,700 miles of the great Zaire (now Congo) River. Both these ventures had strong environmental, medical and scientific objectives.

Come hear an in-depth discussion with John and Legends interviewer Jim Clash, covering the breadth of Blashford-Snell’s exploration history.

Having organized and led over 100 expeditions, John has built up a reputation as a practical field engineer and become one of the world's most renowned and highly respected explorers. His innovative method of negotiating white water in inflatable boats has been adopted as a worldwide sport. He is an Explorers Club Sweeney Medalist, with a long term of service as the Club's Great Britain chapter chair. Today he supports numerous charities and divides his life between the concrete and green jungles.

After the interview, as is customary, Clash will open questions up to audience members.

Date: October 11th, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm

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

Reservation Notes:

This event is FREE of charge for Members and Non-members.

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