Cycling, Climbing & Ecology
Clint Valentine is an undergraduate at Northeastern University and an avid adventurer and photographer. He enjoys pursuits of endurance and distance which have included summiting many peaks in New England during winter alpine ascents, sailing the Atlantic in a vintage gaff-rigged schooner, rock climbing across the US, and cycling 5,000 miles across North America. This past summer Clint and his friend Rob cycled and climbed across Colorado while collecting data for a number of ASC projects.
Rob DeBruyn and I have finally completed our month-long tour of the Colorado Rockies. We pitted ourselves against some of the finest rock routes on the Continental Divide and have experienced the camaraderie of wild cyclists and climbers (of which we are both). We spent every sunset, dark night, and sunrise in beautiful and vivid landscapes and spent our days under the hot sun and took refuge under the shade of pinyon pines. Our touring bikes were heavier than ever; our bags were filled taught with metal bits and nylon rope. In my handlebar bag, home to my most needed possessions, were my camera, glacier glasses, compass, and waterproof journal - for thoughts and to record ecological data for ASC.
The Adventures of Joey & Darwin
Joey Shonka is a biochemist, amateur herpetologist and writer interested in all things scientific and is currently on a two-year expedition walking from the Panama Canal to the Tierra Del Fuego. While scaling peaks and creating an unbroken chain of footsteps across South America, Joey is joining ASC on our repeat glacier photography and high alpine lichen projects.
Hello from Puerto Natales, Chile! This new beginning of my journey has been extremely different from my previous start in many ways, as I have been trekking across the Magallanes and Southern Patagonian regions of Chile in the midst of winter!
I am looking forward to contributing to the nonprofit I am volunteering with. Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation has projects around the world and the director was recently named National Geographic´s Emerging Explorer. The concept of the organization is engaging, for they connect adventurers with scientists seeking to collect data in remote or extreme areas of the world. I will be working on a glacier photography project as well as collecting high alpine lichen for a genetic study, and I might become involved in other projects as my trip progresses. I would like to urge all of my adventurous friends to keep them in mind the next time you plan an exciting trip.
I flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 9th, 2013, where I spent two weeks finishing the edits for my most recent eBook and taking in the portenos culture and vibrant Buenos Aires music scene. After a final goodbye to the city with some good friends, a bottle of red wine in the Plaza de Mayo and a night out in San Telmo, I hopped on a 50-hour bus ride to Rio Gallegos before crossing the border into Chile via a second bus, arriving at last in Punta Arenas with snow falling steadily.
From Fjords to the "Troll's Highway": Cycling the Norwegian Coast
Micah Sewell is a writer and explorer always preparing for new adventures from the bike saddle. He's a lifelong admirer of nature and spent six weeks this summer cycling the length of Norway, from Oslo to fjord country and up the coastal road. Along the way, Micah collected data for our roadkill survey project. More info about Micah and his tour of Norway can be found on his website: www.micahsewell.com.
One of the most common questions I'm asked about my bike trip is how I prepared myself for it. I can see the people who ask me this picturing me in the gym, covered in sweat, or racing up mountainsides, or living on a diet of salami and powdered milk just to see how it feels. They look at the uncommon and interpret it as the extreme.
Alex Suber is a student at Colorado College and the State of the Rockies Videographer. Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project was founded over a decade ago with the mission to research, report, and engage on environmental issues in the Rocky Mountain West. his summer Alex joined the expedition team on their journey from Colorado to British Columbia and also participated in ASC projects en route.
This summer, my expedition team and I headed up north to experience some of the most clear effects of climate change - receding glaciers. We were headed to Glacier National Park, a place that in twenty years might not have a single glacier left. Glaciers that took tens of thousands of years to form are disappearing in mere decades there. These glaciers visually convey climate change in such powerful ways that I felt compelled to capture them all.
While preparing to journey to glacier country, I remembered a presentation by Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) at the State of the Rockies conference last spring. ASC offers the opportunity many explorers dream about - a purpose. I quickly went online to learn more about the projects they offered. It was just weeks before our team was set to head into the wilderness when I logged onto the website and, within minutes, found exactly what I was looking for: the repeat glacial photography initiative through Alpine of the Americas Project (AAP).
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