Event Alert - Hike with Wolves

The Explorers Club of Southern California visits the Apex Protection Project

Want to learn more about wolves and wolfdogs? Here is your chance! On Sunday, March 5th, join us at the Apex Protection Project in Palmdale to run with the pack.

Each ticket is $75 per person and includes a BBQ dinner, and $50 is tax-deductible. The address is on East Soledad Canyon Road, Palmdale, California. We are limited to 12 attendees, so reserve your space ASAP!

Guests can arrive at 1pm, learn about Apex, wolf conservation and issues facing the wild wolf, plus wolves versus wolfdogs. They will go into nice amounts of scientific detail for our group. 

Then we would meet the Ambassador Pack - Taboo, Merlin, Sargeant, Thor, Loki, Riggs, Kona, and Charlotte. We will all take a hike up to the plateau where we will see a vista and where they let the Pack off the leashes to run around and play. It's pretty incredible. 

At the end we all come back, have some "snuggle time" with the Pack and enjoy a BBQ (vegetarian options available - and delicious), enjoy some wine by the fire, and hang out. 

Everything wraps up around sunset depending on how on-schedule we are. 

Kids are welcome but they need to be able to hike and remain calm around the Pack. Age 10+ is best.

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Event Alert - Fritz Selby 'FE88 Talk

First Contact - Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Join us Sunday, February 19th from 2-4pm in Burbank as visiting Club Fellow and 2012 TEC Citation of Merit awardee Frederick “Frtiz” Selby describes his incredible 2009 expedition to Papua New Guinea. Hear how his group made first contact with a tribe in the highlands. Fritz sells out all of his lectures at TEC headquarters, and we are honored to welcome him to SoCal. 

As a young boy growing up in Baden-Baden, Germany, Fritz Selby was inspired by author Karl May’s visions of far-away places. As an adult he has explored lands surrounding the Himalayas, Africa, the Middle East, Myanmar, the Alps, and the highlands of Papua New Guinea where a remote, lengthy trail was named “The Selby Trail” after he and his group visited a here-to-fore unvisited tribe. In previous years a first ascent of a previously un-named Bhutan peak was added to the list of “firsts”.

As a result of his organizing 12 treks and climbs, Fritz has presented 14 lectures at the Club’s headquarters and chapter events, some given as far away as Australia. His chairmanship of the Club’s annual dinner in 1997 resulted in a long term relationship with ROLEX and a major grant from W.L. Gore (Gore-Tex).  He presented the Club with a permanent exhibition of Himalayan objects. In 2012, the Club honored Fritz with the Citation of Merit.

Exploration is a sideline for Fritz, who had a 35 year career as an investment banker, corporate executive and board member specializing in mergers, acquisitions, and financing. Among his numerous publications on business and exploration are the book “When, Why, and How to Go Public”, as well as expedition photos in The Explorers Journal, travel magazines, and books such as Trekking and The Spirit of Aspen.

Event Alert - Volcano Jess Natural History Museum LA Talk

To See A World in a Grain of Sand: Danger, Discovery, & Delight in Exploration Science

In a joint event presented by the Natural History Museum's Gem and Mineral Council and the Explorers Club of Southern California, Discovery Channel volcanologist and Explorers Club Fellow "Volcano" Jess Peláez will kick off the new year with a bang. Join us as we journey with Jess through the jungles of South America, the wilds of central Mexico, the gritty Australian Outback, the windswept plains of Mongolia, the rugged desolation of North America, and the mysterious depths of the Pacific Ocean. Science and the spirit of adventurous exploration await.

Jess Peláez is Executive Director, Principal Investigator, and co-founder of revolutionary scientific research organization Blueprint Earth. She is a volcanologist, an accomplished extreme explorer, and a professional field scientist. Jess is a Fellow in The Explorers Club, a featured scientist on Discovery Channel's Trailblazers series, an invited TEDx speaker, and her work has been covered in Popular Science magazine, NASA’s FameLab, on National Public Radio, and on This Week In Science.

For more information about Jess, please visit her website: volcanojess.com

The event will include drinks and appetizers, and there will be time for a Q&A and socializing.

Event Alert - The Lost City of the Monkey God Book

Book Highlights SoCal TEC Chapter Member's Work 

TEC SoCal Member Steve Elkins writes:

After many years of pursuing a legend and making some great discoveries, renowned author Doug Preston has written a non-fiction novel about my project. It is being released on Jan. 3rd and there will be a book signing and talk sponsored by Vroman’s Bookstore with Doug and I at All Saints Church in Pasadena at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10th.  It is a ticketed event and costs $5 without the book. The link is below: 


The book has received some great reviews already and I feel privileged to have accomplished something that warranted a novel.  I look forward to seeing those of you who can be there.

For those of you in Orange County , there will be another event on Sunday, Jan. 8th at Chapman University in Orangehttp://www.annesbookcarnival.com/events/ 

If you miss any of this there is an article in the New Yorker online edition as well as a segment on CBS Sunday Morning in early January as well as more events in other cities around the country.

        -Steve Elkins

TEC Southern California Chapter Holiday Party

Join Us For Our Annual Tradition

We are thrilled to report that Alan Feldstein and Diane Haithman will be hosting our annual Chapter Holiday Party! Join us December 18th from 2-5pm for a wonderful afternoon of mingling with your favorite explorer colleagues. Drinks and snacks will be provided, and valet parking is included in the cost. Member cost is $30 per person, and Student cost is $10. Non-members may accompany Members at the Member rate.

Event Details: Sunday, December 18 from 2-5pm at the Studio City, CA home of Alan Feldstein and Diane Haithman


RSVP by Tuesday, December 13th by clicking the button below:

Costs are payable in person at the event by cash or check.

The complete street address will be sent upon receipt of your RSVP.

Email info@explorersclubsocal.com with questions.

Journey to the Heart of the Arctic - 12/3

TEC Young Explorer Nicole Collier at G2 Gallery

Join us for an afternoon in the icy wilds of the Arctic with Young Explorer Nicole Collier! The lovely G2 Gallery in Venice is opening its doors for this event, and you will have time to mingle and view the art before the presentation. After Nicole is finished, there will be time for questions. Once your questions are answered, you will have more time to socialize with your fellow explorers while enjoying light snacks and drinks. The cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for students, and is payable the day of the event by cash or check.

Event Details: Saturday, December 3rd from 2-5pm at G2 Gallery in Venice, CA

Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, 11/29 using this link:

Email info@explorersclubsocal.com with Questions.

Event Alert

The San Diego Chapter of the Explorers Club Presents Underwater Flight with Tim Radke, M.D.

Underwater Flight: The Gulf of Aqaba Expedition 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - Best Western Seven Seas - 411 Hotel Circle South - San Diego, CA 92108

$35 - Dinner & Presentation (Students $20)



Social Hour at 6pm, Dinner at 6:45pm, Dessert and Presentation to Follow

Join Dr. Tim Radke as he describes what it feels like to fly underwater. Hawkes Ocean Technologies, the manufacturer of the Deepflight Super Falcon, asked Dr. Radke to join an expedition in the Gulf of Aqaba that was being conducted at the request of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. The Super Falcon represents the pinnacle of personal submarine technology making it is possible to barrel roll with dolphins, spy-hop with whales, or cruise through underwater canyons.

Interested in attending this event? Please contact Bruce Haggerty of The San Diego Chapter of The Explorers Club via email at bhaggerty39@gmail.com or in the evening at 760-445-8989.