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.
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.
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.
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.
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.