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Explore the limits of human possibility with individuals who embody the spirit of adventure. Follow our speakers on their incredible journeys—from the safety of Grosvenor Auditorium!
Experience the world of giant waves and learn how Greg Long, a surfer and one of Nat Geo’s 2013 Adventurers of the Year, overcame his fears to ride them again. An international surfing champion famous for searching out the world’s biggest waves, Long finally met his match in 2012 when a monster wave off the coast of California wiped him out and nearly drowned him. Pulled unconscious from the water, he quickly returned to competition—but continued to be tormented by doubt and fear. He’ll share his inspiring journey of self-discovery and healing, along with his ongoing exploits pressing the limits on massive waves.
Why do we do it? What makes an explorer face danger and yet press on when others would turn back? Inspired by an article in the September 2013 National Geographic, a panel moderated by writer Pat Walters will reveal why they put themselves in jeopardy in pursuit of their mission. Participants include virologist Victoria Jensen, herpetologist and National Geographic 2010 Emerging Explorer Zoltan Takacs, archaeologist and National Geographic Fellow Sarah Parcak, extreme filmmaker and kayaker Trip Jennings, and climber Peter “Mr. Everest” Athans.
Earlier this year, famed climber Alex Honnold and climber/filmmaker Cedar Wright summited 45 rock towers, biked 700 miles through Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona, and climbed and rappelled more than 12,000 vertical feet of rock. They called this agonizing journey and resulting film Sufferfest 2—the sequel to a previous biking-and-climbing adventure in California, their film of which was a hit at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. But this was suffering with a purpose: to support a $40,000 Navajo Solar Project funded by Honnold. Share the laughter and spare yourself the blisters and bruises as these two happy road warriors recount their latest adventure.
Community Partner: Earth Treks Climbing Centers. Co-presented with National Geographic Adventure.
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