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Mike Libecki is on a quest to conquer the world’s last unclimbed peaks. This National Geographic explorer, and—according to Men’s Journal—one of the world’s 50 most adventurous men, stands at the forefront of a new era of exploration. Follow Mike as he tackles mud and mayhem on the massive Poumaka Tower in French Polynesia, encounters fear and friendship on the Bamiyan slopes of Afghanistan, and dodges polar bears while exploring Greenland’s icy waters, all backed by the technology that helps his teams summit and bring the stories back to us.
Get an insider’s look at National Geographic’s new Special Investigations Unit, which was established to expose elephant poaching and combat the illegal wildlife trafficking that’s driving many animals to extinction. The initiative’s director, investigative reporter and National Geographic Fellow Bryan Christy, will take the stage to share how the unit will go about telling surprising stories that make a difference around the globe.
National Geographic magazine sale and signing to follow.
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to capture portraits of the world’s species before they disappear. With ingenuity, wit, and a serious midwestern work ethic, Sartore has created the Photo Ark project, the largest archive of its kind with nearly 5,000 images and counting. Hear about his comical mishaps, endearing encounters, and personal stories while documenting a world worth saving.
Book sale and signing to follow.
Go on assignment to the world’s most dangerous conflict zones with a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist. Lynsey Addario has survived death threats and two kidnappings to bring back powerful images from hot spots such as Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan for National Geographic and the New York Times. She’ll share the heart-pounding reality of working in war zones, and explain what keeps her going back to places most of us would never venture.
View a gallery of Lynsey Addario’s photos of Syrian refugees, from National Geographic.
Telluride Mountainfilm returns to D.C.! Over three unique evenings, enjoy a rich selection of films moderated by the festival’s director David Holbrooke. Since 1979, this festival held high in the Rockies has been one of the major events in the adventure film circuit, immersing audiences in issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, adventures worth pursuing, and conversations worth sustaining. Enjoy a multidimensional celebration of indomitable spirit and see through the eyes of world-class filmmakers, athletes, change makers, and visionary artists.
Thursday evening film selections include: The Man Behind the Mask (17 min.), featuring Mike Libecki, and Les Voyageurs Sans Trace (84 min.)
Plus, celebrate the unveiling of National Geographic’s nominees for 2016 Adventurer of the Year!
Travel with Dr. Enric Sala, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, on his journey to save the last untouched places in our oceans. Through National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project, Sala and his team work tirelessly to inspire the creation of vast marine protected areas, from tropical paradises like the Seychelles to the Pitcairn Islands—known for the mutiny of the HMS Bounty. Enjoy a stunning visual underwater kaleidoscope—dazzlingly colored fish, lightning-quick reef sharks, breathtakingly beautiful coral—as Sala gives us reason to hope for a healthy, productive ocean for future generations.
Come early to visit the exhibit in the lobby before the talk!
Go behind the scenes of the award-winning film Meru (opening August 2015) with photographer and renowned climber Jimmy Chin and filmmaker Chai Vasarhelyi and experience the thrills—and challenges—faced in a quest for the legendary summit.
Sitting at the headwaters of the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru has seen more failed attempts by elite climbing teams than any other peak in the Himalaya. While just hours from reaching the summit in 2008, Chin and fellow climbers Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk were forced to turn back less than 100 meters from the summit. As they planned their controversial return to Meru in 2011, they met with crushing mishaps—a serious head injury for Ozturk and a terrifying avalanche slide for Chin. Through film clips, never-before-seen images, and gripping firsthand accounts, Chin and Vasarhelyi deliver an exciting tale of adventure and inspiration.
DVD sale and signing to follow.
Savor a deliciously surprising and delightful evening celebrating the story “The Science of Taste” featured in the December 2015 issue of National Geographic.
During this unique event, awaken your senses and your mind with innovative food and drink pairings. Then, learn the science—and art—behind what tastes good, what tastes bad, and why we even taste at all.
National Geographic photojournalist Ami Vitale has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.” She has traveled to more than 90 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and to the enduring power of the human spirit.
Recently, she has also turned her lens to compelling wildlife stories, such as returning a critically endangered species, the northern white rhino, back to the wild. Travel with Ami on her fascinating personal odyssey through the images and adventures that have made her a celebrated global photojournalist.
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