The Explorers Journal

Fall 2021

From vast ocean depths to the frontiers of outer space, The Explorers Journal offers firsthand reporting from those pushing the limits of knowledge and human endurance. Founded in 1904 to promote exploration “by all means possible,” The Explorers Club is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of field exploration and scientific inquiry. Among our members are leading pioneers in oceanography, mountaineering, archaeology, and the planetary and environmental sciences.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
The Explorers Club
Frequency:
Quarterly
$8.95
$29.95
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
same world, new discoveries

One of the things I love about our fellowship of explorers is learning each day about some new aspect of the reality we live in, being uncovered by the work of our members in the field. While there remain vast areas of this planet yet to be thoroughly explored, much less the vast unknowns outside it, I marvel at how much important work is being done reexamining places we have been, with new eyes, new technologies, and new intentions. Important discoveries are often found in places thought tapped out, or overlooked, because in the past we lacked the knowledge or tools to extract or even recognize the importance of what is surprisingly close at hand. I remember well, in my own youth, having visited Yellowstone National Park—which celebrates its 150th anniversary…

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1 min
wayfinders

“If there is a commonality or thread in the films that we have been interested in, it is that they explore the human capacity to achieve the impossible, to will something into existence when there seems to be no potential solution,” Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jimmy Chin told The Explorers Journal when we caught up with him and his wife and co-director Chai Vasarhelyi on the eve of the release of their latest documentary, The Rescue. In many ways, Chin’s sentiment evinces the ethos of The Explorers Journal in that we, too, are drawn to projects whose successes are based as much on the mental fortitude of their participants as they are on required physical endurance and research design. This edition, we highlight a suite of such projects. In addition to Chin,…

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2 min
be immortalized at the explores club®

JOIN THE “EXPLORERS IMMORTALS” AND ENGRAVE YOUR NAME OR DEDICATION IN STONE ON NEW PAVERS FOR THE LEFRAK TERRACE AT EXPLORERS CLUB HEADQUARTERS. ADORN OUR LANDMARK OUTDOOR SPACE AND HELP PAY FOR URGENT WORK FOR PHASE II RENOVATIONS BY MAKING A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION OF $3,750 PER DEDICATED PAVER TO OUR LOWELL THOMAS BUILDING FUND. THE EXPLORERS CLUB WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING WHO HAVE PURCHASED A PAVER: Mark Allio, Joanna Allman, James H. Alexander, John G. Alexander, Darlene T. Anderson, Jeanne D. Andlinger, Barbara Annan, Robert J. Aresty, Robert Ashton, Atlanta Chapter, Robert J. Atwater, Norman L. Baker, Andreas Bender, Josh Bernstein, John Bierley, Bruce Blanchard, John R. Bockstoce, Brian M. Boom, John R. Boreske, Jr., Jill Botway, Gary W. Bowersox, Lawson W. Brigham, Diane Britz-Lotti, Charles A. Burroughs, Julianne…

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3 min
exploration news

ABOUT TIME AN ALL-BLACK TEAM SET TO SUMMIT EVEREST THIS SPRING A group of nine men and women calling themselves The Full Circle Everest Expedition is on a mission to become the first all-Black climbing team to reach the top of the world’s tallest peak. To this day, only ten Black climbers have ever reached the summit. Leading the team is University of Colorado alumnus Phil Henderson, who says this is more than just a historic climb. “I personally recognize that representation is often lacking in outdoor recreation, education guiding, and high-altitude mountaineering,” he explains, adding that, “Full Circle Everest is an opportunity for us to support one another and attempt one of the biggest goals in mountaineering while building a team of role models that will mentor a generation of outdoor…

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4 min
making waves

A FELLOW OF THE EXPLORERS CLUB SINCE 1997, JAMES P. DELGADO, PHD, IS A MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGIST, EXPLORER, AUTHOR, AND EDUCATOR WITH NEARLY FIVE DECADES OF WORK ON AND UNDER THE WATER AND IN THE DISCOVERY AND SCIENTIFIC EXCAVATION OF THE HUMAN PAST. HE IS CURRENTLY THE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF SEARCH, INC. BRADLEY BARR RECEIVED HIS PHD FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS, AND CURRENTLY SERVES AS A SENIOR ADVISOR IN THE NOAA OFFICE OF NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES’ MARITIME HERITAGE PROGRAM. IN 2015, HE LED A RESEARCH EXPEDITION TO THE ARCTIC TO MAP AND DOCUMENT WHALING SHIPWRECKS IN THE NEARSHORE WATERS OF THE CHUKCHI SEA. HE WAS AWARDED A FULBRIGHT–NSF ARCTIC RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP IN 2017. MOST RECENTLY, HE SERVED AS THE MISSION COORDINATOR FOR LOCATING AND DOCUMENTING THE WRECK OF…

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10 min
heightened awareness

Rick Ridgeway has led an interesting life. As a young man in the 1980s, he co-wrote a book that forever changed the trajectory of modern-day adventure travel. His Seven Summits told the unlikely story of two wealthy businessmen in their 50s—former Walt Disney Co. president Frank Wells and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort cofounder Dick Bass, both now deceased—and their quest to become the first persons to reach the tops of the highest mountains on all seven continents. Hiring the best mountain guides in the world, including Ridgeway, the novice climbers methodically knocked off one peak after another until, in 1985, Bass summited Mt. Everest. Ridgeway’s ensuing book was a bestseller and inspired countless other armchair climbers to follow in the footsteps of Bass and Wells. Since then, more than…

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