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Member's Dinner: Arctic Row

Eddie Bauer and The Explorers Club are proud to welcome Team Arctic Row, fresh off their completion of a non-stop, unsupported row across the Arctic Ocean. After spending 41 days rowing more than 1,000 miles through frigid Arctic waters, the team successfully finished their expedition in Point Hope, AK at 1:46 p.m. local time on Sunday, August 26, 2012. As a result, the team pioneered a new route for modern ocean rowing, which is considered to be the longest in Arctic history measured by duration and distance.

On Tuesday, July 17, Paul Ridley, Collin West, Neal Mueller and Scott Mortensen set out from Inuvik, Canada on one of the most ambitious and challenging expeditions in ocean rowing history. The goal of the expedition was to raise awareness of the changes in the Arctic climate, which has only recently become passable as a result of climate change and melting sea ice. Combining human power exploration and marine science, the team rotated between the two rowing positions aboard the 29-foot-long, six-foot wide rowboat to navigate through the delicate ecosystem, conducting scientific research and collecting data that will aid scientists at The University of Alaska Fairbanks and Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.

To prepare for the expedition, the team spent more than 20 months training, planning various logistics, and outfitting their boat with the latest technology needed to complete their research and journey. During the expedition, they encountered one of the strongest August storms the Arctic has had in more than 30 years. With safety being of paramount concern, the team had to anchor off shore three times throughout their journey in order wait until weather conditions improved. While time and resources began to dwindle, their resolve and determination remained steadfast to achieve their goal.

“Our exploration is about human-powered imagination. As we marvel at the natural beauty of the Arctic, we are exploring how it can be conserved and protected for future generations,” said Scott Mortensen of Arctic Row. “As explorers, overcoming adversity under extreme duress is part of our daily routine. So when we apply our mindset to global issues, it’s exciting because the prospect to spark change is real.”

“Now more than ever is a time for individuals to take it upon themselves to find ways to make a difference in the battle against global warming,” said Mortensen. “Our team was determined to not let anything stand in our way. When Mother Nature did her best to slow us down, we answered with vigor. Our hope is that our journey will bring attention to important studies being conducted by our scientific community, and inspire others to make a difference.”

The event will also feature a raffle with winners getting to go home with authenic gear used on the Arctic Row Expedition.

Date: 1/30/13

Time: 6PM Check In, 7PM Start

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

Member Ticket Price: $65

Guest Ticket Price: $70

Reservation Notes:

Dinners are open to Members and their guests.
Non-members are welcome to attend as nominal guests of Daryl Hawk MN’98, organizing chair of The Explorers Club Members Dinners. To make a reservation please email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Club at 212-628-8383

Cancellation/”No Show” Policy:

* If a reservation is canceled after Tuesday January 29th there will be No Refund of the ticket price.
* There are no refunds for a “No Show” to a catered event.

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