Thursday, April 17, 2014

Packrafting Guide to Southern Utah

"Mists in Kanab Canyon Utah"
painting by Thomas Moran

The canyon country of Southern Utah is one of the most unique landscapes on earth. Over millions of years tectonic forces have lifted an ancient sea bed of red and orange sedimentary rock that's been sculpted into a colossal labyrinth of canyons, buttes, slots, mesas, pinnacles, washes, hoodoos, domes, fins, reefs, goblins, arches and natural bridges.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Nokhoi Zeekh: In Search of Wolverine

Narrated by Rebecca Watters, the film documents our month-long ski expedition through northern Mongolia in search of one of the world's least-known carnivores, the wolverine. Our journey takes us into a remote mountain ecosystem, where we encounter Mongolian herders and Tuvan reindeer people, gather DNA samples for research, and attempt to bridge the worlds of science, conservation, and outdoor adventure.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Unidentified Subnivean Object

GPR Image of Unidentified Subnivean Object

While surveying the Greenland Ice Sheet, the Strategic Crevasse Avoidance Team unknowingly captured the above radar image of a mysterious metallic object.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Strategic Crevasse Avoidance Team

In March 2014, the Strategic Crevasse Avoidance Team (SCAT) surveyed the first treacherous 65 miles of a route the Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) will use to resupply the National Science Foundation's Summit Research Station. During a three-week period, the team utilized satellite imagery, Global Positioning Systems, Ground Penetrating Radars, tracked vehicles, and an autonomous robot to ensure a safe and crevasse-free passage.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Yeti: Autonomous Crevasse Detecting Robot

In order to economically transport fuel and other cargo overland to remote research stations in Antarctica and Greenland, hundreds of miles of glacial ice must be safely navigated. Within the ice exist treacherous and often invisible crevasses that pose a serious hazard to those of us hauling the supplies.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Thule, Greenland

Thule as Tile on the Carta Marina of 1539

In ancient times Thule referred to an unchartered land alleged to be six days travel north of England. The name is commonly credited to Greek geographer Pytheas who between 330 and 320 BC was the first known scientist to sail to the arctic and report perennial polar ice and the midnight sun. While his route remains mysterious and a topic of debate, Pytheas nevertheless introduced the idea of distant Thule to the geographic imagination. Thereafter medieval geographers denoted any faraway place beyond the "borders of the known world" as ultima Thule.