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:
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