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.
By: Dylan Jones, Part 1 of 2
I feel as if we’ve stumbled into the center of the universe. We emerge from the thick forest canopy that had been obscuring our view for miles. The landscape is vast. Milky water from a braided stream weaves across a wide riverbed comprised of cobbles in shades of red, green, and purple. Majestic spires crown craggy peaks as waterfalls tumble thousands of feet from snow fields in shaded couloirs. The sky is even bigger. It appears we’re just a handful of miles from the large glacier to the north, but perceived distance in the alpine is often skewed.
By: Aisling Force and Nina Hadley
Spring is in the air and Adventure Scientists is hard at work planting new project ideas. Sometimes these ideas blow in with the wind - from our website, by word of mouth, or through a contact we’ve made. As the organization’s project development gardeners, let us walk you through the process of how to seed a new idea with Adventure Scientists that will take root and bloom.
Projects, like plants, need strong roots in order to grow. And to thrive in our garden, every project must:
By: Emma Bode and Muy Lim
We traveled to Southeast Asia with three goals: climb rocks, eat snacks, and collect freshwater samples for Adventure Scientists' worldwide microplastics project. We are two gals in our early twenties with overactive metabolisms, a taste for environmental science, and a hunger for adventure. Muy, a dual US and Cambodian citizen, and Emma, an American MSU undergraduate, first became involved in the microplastic issue in Bozeman, MT. We volunteered for the freshwater sampling initiative in the Gallatin watershed and were stoked to carry this project with us on our Christmas vacation to Thailand and Cambodia.
Our adventure began in Tonsai Bay, a popular tourist destination in Southern Thailand surrounded by limestone karst formations perched high above the Andaman Sea. For two weeks, we flip-flopped from crag to crag with backpacks filled with climbing gear and a plethora of exotic fruits purchased at local markets. From our bungalow, there were over 270 routes within a 20-minute walk. We spent cool mornings weaving through stalactites and hot afternoons slurping shakes on the beach. Paradise.
By: Chris McCullough
I first met Adventure Scientists Executive Director and Founder Gregg Treinish in January 2013 while working for Seattle-based K2 Sports. Gregg had been a longtime user and advocate of K2’s Madshus touring ski brand. From our first meeting it was quickly evident that Gregg, a visionary with an insatiable appetite for adventure, was someone with a mission, need, and a network. We offered him product support and strove to share his organization’s message across our brand platforms.
Three years later I joined Croakies, a Jackson Hole and Bozeman-based outdoor accessories brand. Our manufacturing facility is just down the street from the Adventure Scientists headquarters in Bozeman, and we were pleased to recognize another opportunity for brand and organizational alignment. We began by weaving Adventure Scientists into our existing Conservation product collection, as well as outfitting the organization and their adventure volunteers with the latest Croakies gear to support their work. After some organizational introspection we then investigated solutions to improve our product and supply chain. That’s where the hard work began.
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