Between the 1st of October and today I have been busy travelling around our fine nation. On the 1st of October I introduced James Balog in Salt Lake City for his Extreme Ice Survey. Great work about glaciers and their impact on the planet. They are disappearing! The following day I flew to Harvard for the Young Explorer Workshop with National Geographic. It is inspiring to meet students that are keen on the environment, science and the good mission of the Society. “To Inspire people to care about the planet.” Very simple and meaningful. I co-presented the Chang Tang Traverse with Tim Laman, a PhD rain forest biologist who pecializes in the Brids of Paradise and how rapidly the birds have evolved in the past 5 million years. Check out his website at http://www.timlaman.com > lots of wonderful images.
After Boston I zipped home to be with the family on the 5th of october, the 10th anniversary of Alex Lowe’s passing. He and David Bridges were killed on the 5th of October 1999. It is amazing that 10 years have passed since that date and how much our life has changed. Most special to be with Jenni, Max, Sam & Isaac and to keep their dream of a happy family alive and healthy.
This image is from the fall of ’96 when the two of us tried to climb the SW Ridge of Annapurna III. Wonderful memories.
On Tuesday the team from National Geographic Entertainment convened for a meeting at the Satchi & Satchi advertising agency in Los Angeles. We are hoping to build Toyota into The Wildest Dream film. The film is a bio pic about the life of George Mallory and the pioneering English climbers. The film is due out early 2010. Stay tuned to my notes and I’ll keep ypou infrmed on how things progress. The Nat Geo Entertainment division is distributing the film – in theatres and large screen cinemas.
Wednesday was in San Francisco for a screening of the film with The North Face team. I think they enjoyed the film. Thursday was off to Cleveland, OH to meet the team at Energizer. I use their Premium Lithium Batteries (the silver units). Aside from the cute bunny they make the best cold weather lightweight battery. We met to brainstorm on energy needs for expeditions. Great people!
Over the weekend it was off to Big Oak Flat, California to spend the weekend with my parents and siblings. It was the grand opening of the Priest Station Cafe. My sister Denise and brother Steve have done an excellent job getting it up and going. After a 36 year hiatus we are getting things going at the Top of the Grade. If you are driving to Yosemite, make sure you “Stop at the Top” and say hello.
We are the 5th generation to be part of this special place.
The cute girl with the braids is my late grandmother Marge and the lady next to the horse is my great-grandmother. They lived “off the grid” as there was no grid.
Sam and Isaac joined me for this fun event. We went for a hike at Rainbow Falls – nary a soul about, fall colors and just the three of us. Getting outdoors like this is wonderful.
Lastly, props to my friends at Timex. Keeping time is part and parcel of travel. None does it better than my handy WS 4 Expedition watch.
Lastly – a bit of cross continental humor. Rad is my nickname, it also means bike in German. Anker is anchor in German. My friend Tim in Switzerland sent me this image. If I could get a Rad frame and build a fixed gear urban cross town mobility unit ~ how sweet
Stay tuned to the bat channel,