By: Lauren de Remer
Imagine a trail so steep and rocky that every step is a slide or ankle sprain. Mosquitos relentlessly bite one’s feet. Then add weight: a backpack containing a camera, two liters of water, a headlamp, and enough sunscreen and bug spray to last another week in Zambia’s Batoka Gorge. Its white sandy beaches are tucked between basalt boulders that heat up like an oven by 8 am. The temperature is 104 degrees. The one water sample I neglected to collect during a 4-day whitewater rafting trip is waiting for me at the end of a three hour hike to the mighty and notorious Zambezi River. And so, down I go.
I had taken water samples for Adventure Scientists’ Global Microplastics Initiative before, but this was a much harder task – from finding a one-liter water bottle in Livingstone without a leaky top, to trekking back down to the river to fill it, to ensuring it wouldn’t burst at altitude on my return flight. Adventure Scientists needed more freshwater samples to add to their Global Microplastics Initiative dataset, so I knew I had to find a way to get it home.
By: Victoria Ortiz
"I'm not trying to be anyone's savior. I'm just trying to think about the future and not be sad."
This quote by Elon Musk at April’s TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada has echoed beyond the stage throughout social media and the web. It’s a sentiment that also resonated with our Executive Director and founder, Gregg Treinish, who was sitting in the audience.
“[Elon Musk] is such a phenomenal visionary thinker,” says Gregg. “I think everyone who works towards making the world a better place does so partially because we feel like we have to do something in the midst of the great challenges we face.”
The conference theme ‘The Future You’ brought together leaders in the technology, education, and design communities to talk about the future. As a finalist for the 2017 TED prize, Gregg was able to attend the conference and listen to hundreds of inspirational activists, scientists, entrepreneurs and artists.
“It was a great opportunity to meet people who will be influential in driving our organization's mission forward,” said Gregg.
By: Marian Krogh
In February of 2017 I went to Gulmarg, India to ski. Yes that’s right, skiing in India. Not only is it possible, it’s amazing. In fact, the highest ski gondola in the world sits in the far northwest of the country in the Kashmir region.
By: Victoria Ortiz
Left brain, right brain. Scientific or artistic. In this world of specialization it’s easy to separate the two spheres. But at Adventure Scientists we bring together different communities and ideas. We connect adventurers and scientists, and we believe that data tell stories that create tangible outcomes. But how does one show that in a logo?
By: Annette Bombosch and Phil Hunter
The Southern Ocean is a magnet for a tremendous amount of diverse wildlife. The summer season, during which so many animals come to feed and breed, is relatively short on the Antarctic Peninsula by nature of its extreme latitude. The end of February and beginning of March is one of the best times to be in Antarctica.
One morning I was greeted by penguin chicks, running busily along the shore while chasing their parents for food. The chicks were starting to fledge, losing and pecking out most of their fluffy down feathers. Since they can’t reach the ones on their head and back, these feathers are the last to fall out giving each of them quite a unique hairstyle. I can’t help but fall in love with these curious and clumsy little penguins. Soon they will enter the water where the clumsiness will disappear. The sea is their home, and they will swim gracefully throughout the Southern Ocean until next year’s breeding season arrives in October.
By: Sequoia Schmidt
It wasn’t until my early adulthood that the desire to learn about climbing really took hold. At the recommendation of a close friend, I signed up for an alpinism course with the American Alpine Institute (AAI). This course was seven days of rigorous mountaineering training followed by a summit attempt of Mt. Baker.
AAI strictly follows a Leave No Trace policy for all their activities. This means that everything brought into the mountains is carried out… and they mean EVERYTHING.
Upon arrival at base camp on Mt. Baker, we got a demonstration from our guide on wag bag usage. In case you are like I was, and blissfully unaware of that part of environmentally conscious mountaineering, it meant literally defecating in a bag.
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