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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.

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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!


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.


Wednesday, March 22nd

Fjällräven Epic NYC, 38 Greene Street, NY, NY, 10013
5:00 pm -7:00 pm: Reception
7:00 pm: Special Event with Adam Ravetch
Lowell Thomas Awardee, Marine Naturalist, and Wildlife Filmmaker
Click here for a copy of the invitation from Fjällräven

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


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.

If you wish to purchase a ticket online, you may do so via our eventbrite ticketing site. Note that this will cause you to incur a payment gateway processing fee. If you would like to avoid that fee, feel free to purchase tickets by calling us at 212.628.8383, emailing us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or mailing us a check at The Explorers Club, 46 East 70th Street, NY, NY, 10021.

Photos courtesy of Martin Hartley

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