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.