Author/activist Edith Mirante presents a slideshow based on her latest book, “The Wind in the Bamboo: A Journey in Search of Asia’s ‘Negrito’ Indigenous People” about the survival of Asian ethnic groups which had been classified as a separate race because of their “African” appearance and considered doomed to vanish. Called “savage pygmies” and “hideous dwarfs,” sold into slavery, exhibited at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, nearly exterminated by disease and a cataclysmic volcano, these extraordinary people now survive as forest hunter gatherers in a few places: mainland Malaysia, the Philippines and India’s Andaman Islands.More Details
In honor of Presidents Day, Explorers Club Headquarters will be closed today, Monday, February 15th. We will resume regular operating hours at 9am Tuesday morning, February 16th.More Details
John Gimlette describes his travels through post-war Sri Lanka, trying to make sense of an island that is wild, beautiful and occasionally bloody. Few places are as contradictory. The island is home to over 5,800 wild elephants and yet it’s only the size of Ireland. It’s rich in culture and resources, and yet it’s given to moments of inexplicable rage. For the last three decades, it’s hosted not only an alluring tourist industry but also the most savage civil war Asia has ever known (1983-2009). Along the way, we’ll meet terrorists, test cricketers, a former president, ancient tribesmen, the victims of great massacres and perhaps even the perpetrators.More Details
High in the remote Himalayan valley of Zanskar sits Kumik, a village fed by runoff from glaciers and lofty snowfields. According to local tradition, Kumik was one of the first villages settled in Zanskar, one of the most sparsely populated parts of India. Kumik has survived and thrived in one of the world’s most challenging settings for over a thousand years, but its people now confront an existential threat - chronic, crippling drought – and the mystery of its cause. In his lecture, author, journalist and veteran Himalayan traveler Jonathan Mingle will explore the changes wrought by a warming climate in the Ladakh and Zanskar regions of India, and discuss one of the unlikely and central culprits behind them: soot.More Details
2015 heralded astonishing discoveries in the Solar System. The spacecraft New Horizons flew by Pluto, giving humanity its first pictures of the Ninth Planet. Jason Kendall will highlight the trip and what was found, as well as giving a bit of background to the battle over the word “planet.” Then he will take us to Mars, where Curiosity has been roaming the surface, seeking signs of past habitability of Mars. The recent confirmation of current, seasonal water flows on Mars only raises our own desire to set foot on this not-so-alien world. We’ll discuss the nature of the past conditions on Mars and how they were discovered and how humans may soon reach out and grasp the dirt of the Red Planet with their own hands.More Details
R. Max Holmes will be tell the story of the summer of 2002, an adventure which established a research program sampling the Arctic’s six largest rivers (Siberia’s Ob’, Yenisey, Lena, and Kolyma; North America’s Yukon and Mackenzie). Holmes will then describe how the research has evolved since then to focus on the fate of permafrost carbon. He will mix in the science of permafrost and climate change with the story of the challenges and adventure of working in remote Arctic regions.More Details
In 1990, a group of Cambridge scientists on an expedition to the Plains of Nechisar in Ethiopia found a wing of an unidentified bird. This wing would set the world of science aflutter. Experts were mystified. The wing was entirely unique. It was like nothing they had ever seem before. Could a new species be named based on just one wing? After much discussion, a new species was announced: Nechisar Nightjar, or Camprimulgus Solala, which means "only wing." And so birdwatchers like Vernon began to dream. Twenty-two years after that discovery, Vernon joined an expedition of four to find this rarest bird in the world. The resulting story of his journey is meditation on nature, exploration, our need for wild places, and the human compulsion to name things—a celebration of a certain way of seeing the world that will bring out the explorer in everyone who hears it.More Details
Join adventurer and renowned photographer, Ryan Pyle, as he spends months exploring and photographing Western China’s remote Sacred Mountains in an effort to better understand these most sacred Tibetan regions. His human-powered adventure is “one for the ages” as he explores the remote provinces of Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan. His Sacred walks around Minya Konka, Amne Machin, Kailash and Kawa Karpo offer some imagery and stories that haven't been documented since explorers Kingdon Ward and Joseph Rock made their epic expeditions in the 1920s and 1930s.More Details
Documentary Adventures in Haiti and Pakistan — Making documentary films in troubled countries isn’t easy, but it is a fascinating challenge. After the earthquake that devastated Haiti, Annie Nocenti taught filmmaking out of a tent. In Baluchistan, a tribal province of Pakistan, she made two films, one about a tribal insurgency, and one about hunting with falcons. Filming tribal lords under a veil, and later in the desert with men that normally live in Purda (separation of men and women), ended up being an amazing sharing experience. The same was true in Haiti. Adventure travel can be dangerous and challenging, but what she learned to treasure most was how disparate cultures can come to a better understanding of one another.More Details
Renowned wildlife conservationist and author Dr. Sheri Speede founded IDA-Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, which she continues to direct. She will speak about the threats to chimpanzees and other endangered species in Central Africa, and why she was compelled to leave a thriving veterinary practice in Portland, Oregon to establish a chimpanzee sanctuary for orphans of the illegal bushmeat trade in Cameroon’s remote Mbargue Forest. Her talk will include vignettes, sometimes humorous, about the challenges she faced as an American coming to know and work with people from a completely foreign culture, being a target in a poor and dangerously crime-ridden society and collaborating with a government that was rife with corruption at every level, and more.More Details
The conquest of Everest by a British team in 1953 has always been celebrated as a triumph of heroic leadership, team work, courageous climbing and a little bit of luck with the weather. The key role that science played in the Everest success has never been properly acknowledged. Now, for the first time Harriet Tuckey tells the remarkable story of her eccentric and difficult father, Griffith Pugh, doctor and physiologist, the forgotten team member whose scientific breakthroughs enabled Hillary and Tenzing to reach the summit and revolutionized high altitude climbing from that day forwardMore Details
The Explorers Club is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Annual Awards.
This year’s celebration will honor the outstanding accomplishments of Dr. Joseph Macinnis, who has done work in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans; Dr. Frederick Roots, a preeminent legend of Antarctic exploration; Edmundo Edwards, an expert on the amazing and majestic Moai of Easter Island; and Constance Difede, who has held several prominent leadership positions in the Club and is an accomplished field explorer.
Join us, as we celebrate these outstanding individuals at the Waldorf on Saturday, March 12th 2016. For more information, please see the bio’s below and then click on the link underneath to reserve your tickets for this amazing event.
Dear Explorers Club Members:
2015 has been an eventful year for our Club with exciting things happening on many fronts. This year alone, we’ve accomplished the following . . .
• 43 extraordinary Flag Expeditions
• Journalistic excellence in our Log and Journal
• An exciting and unique Lowell Thomas and Annual Awards Dinner that honored extraordinary members of our historic Club
• Successful initiatives such as our Artist-in-Exploration Grant, Film Festivals and the $100,000 Foundation Mamont Grant for Explorers Club Expeditions
• Live streaming our lectures and special events
• Over $150,000 for Student Grants
We’re expecting 2016 to be an even better year! Accomplishments such as those mentioned, don’t just happen. They result from the work of our dedicated fellow members and the guidance of our Officers and Board of Directors. You can help as well, if…
The Explorers Club proudly presents the 2015 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner, Visionaries of Conservation: Paradigm Shifts in Protecting the Planet. This year, the Lowell Thomas Awards celebrate explorers who exhibit excellence and innovation in conservation, with emphasis on emerging techniques and technologies that meaningfully contribute to our knowledge of the world and how we protect it.
First awarded on the occasion of the Club’s 75th anniversary in 1980, this year the 22nd edition will honor the following individuals at the forefront of conservation science: