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March 21 2018 - Canada-China Year of Tourism
I had an interesting evening at the "Canada-China Year of Tourism" kickoff event here in Toronto. I got to meet John McCallum (Canadian Ambassador to China) and the Honourable Bardish Chagger (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, and Minister of Small Business & Tourism).
Canadian Geographic Travel asked me to head down to the event and get a few quotes from the officials. I've only briefly visited Beijing, and I'd love to check out more of China at some point.

Canada-China Year of Tourism

March 20 2018 - Amazon Prime Video
The first two seasons of the TV series I used to host, Angry Planet, is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Watch episodes right now

Angry Planet - Amazon Prime Video

March 13 2018 - The Pentagon
After several exhausting days in New York at all of the events surrounding ECAD, I have driven south to Washington D.C. to meet up with friend Darlene Christianson and her husband Tom. Tom is a senior historian for The Pentagon, and thanks to his generosity, he was able to get me inside for a private, VIP tour.
The photo on the right is the only place inside where I was able to take pictures but I was able to see quite a bit of the building. It's probably safe to say that I'm one of the only people who has been to both North Korea and The Pentagon within the past year. Perhaps the only one, who knows?
While in Washington, I also saw the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetary, and paid a brief visit to the Canadian Embassy. Now for the long drive back to Toronto...

The Pentagon

March 10 2018 - Explorers Club Annual Dinner
It was a tremendous honour to be invited by The Explorers Club to serve as the Master of ceremonies for their annual gala, black tie dinner fundraiser in New York City.
The event, referred to by James Cameron as the "Academy Awards of Exploration" was held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The event saw almost 1200 of the world's top explorers gather together to celebrate this year's theme "Next Generation Exploration"
Some highlights of the evening included:
- The "exotic" hors d'oeuvres which included: scorpions, cockroaches and tarantulas. Roasted iguana, jellyfish salad and much more.
- Meeting Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, and founder of Amazon.com and Blue Origin space travel company.
- Meeting astronauts Jim Lovell (Apollo 13 commander) and Mike Massimino (Upgraded the Hubble space telescope)
- Hanging out with Les Stroud (Survivorman)
- I also got to meet Robert DeNiro.
Name dropping aside, the evening was fantastic. I got to see so many old friends, and make many new ones. There were actually fours days of events revolving around the club including board meetings, chapter chair meetings, luncheons, an open house, and I even gave a presentation at the clubhouse on the Sunday afternoon after ECAD. I can't wait for next year... It might take that long for my hangover to wear off!

Explorers Club President Richard Wiese, Amazon.com Founder Jeff Bezos, ECAD MC George Kourounis

ECAD Master of Ceremonies

March 08 2018 - Stuck In New Jersey
Well, that was interesting. I was attempting to drive from Chicago to New York City when I was suddenly thwarted by the weather. As a storm chaser, I usually embrace bad weather, but NOT when I'm trying to get to a destination! I was on the road for 17 hours yesterday because the nor'easter that was going up the east coast dumped about two feet of snow in the exact spot where I was driving through. Ot was a direct hit.
After being trapped on the highway in New Jersey for hours, I was finally able to exit, but I had no place to stay, so I just found a quiet parking lot beside a lighting store west of Newark and slept in my car. This morning I'm off to The Explorers Club headquarters in Manhattan for some meetings. I'm tired, but at least I got a *bit* of sleep...

New Jersey

March 06 2018 - Canadian Geographic Interview
Canadian Geographic has put an interview online that I did with Alexandra Pope, talking about my style of exploration, and my new role as an Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
We also talked about: how I got into what I do, how I manage fear in extreme situations, and also climate change.
Read the interview here.

Canadian Geographic Interview

March 05 2018 - Filming For a New TV Show - Chicago
I'm currently in Chicago, filming a series of on-camera interviews for a new weather-based TV program. I can't say much about what it is, but Canadian viewers will be able to see it in a few months when it is finally edited and broadcast.
Thank you to the team who put this all together, I love Chicago, and I'm really enjoying my time here. This is the first stop in a ten day road trip that will take me to New York and Washington D.C. as well. It is going to be a busy week!

Filming in Chicago

March 01 2018 - Big Announcement - RCGS Explorer In Residence
I am extremely proud to finally announce that I have been named an Explorer In Residence by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. I couldn't be more thrilled.
Last night at an event in Toronto, myself and fellow explorer, Adam Shoalts were inducted into the program which originated two years ago with renowned cave diver, Jill Heinerth, who became the RCGS' inaugural Explorer In Residence.

Our role is to act as mentors, guides and resources for the next generation of Canadians. We will also be ambassadors for the Society and will further promote the program's mandate to help foster and invigorate an interest in Canadian exploration and geography.

Read more

Explorer In Residence - Royal canadian Geographical Society

Feb 28 2018 - RCGS Event
It was a tremendous pleasure to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Canada event in Toronto, put on by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
The evening featured an all Canadian menu and drinks, a silent auction, music by Quebecois superstar singer Coeur de Pirate, and explorer Adam Shoalts gave a talk about his 4000km, four month solo journey across the Canadian Arctic last summer. Proceeds from the evening go to the Society's education and exploration programs.

Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of Canada Event

Feb 24 2018 - Living Full Out Radio Show
Today, I did a live interview on the Living Full Out radio show with Nancy Solari.
Listeners are encouraged to not only embrace change, but to look for opportunities to create it. Don't let life get you down. When your morale starts to dwindle, it's time to get motivated again, make some positive changes, and take each day as an adventure and opportunity to maximize your potential in life.

Living Full Out

Feb 14 2018 - Come Join Me In Africa This October!!
I am very pleased to announce that I have teamed up with Exodus Travels to offer an opportunity to come join me on a once in a lifetime overland journey from Cape Town, South Africa, through Namibia, Botswana and ending at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, during the full moon.
This is going to be an epic adventure. Learn more here.

Come Join Me In Africa This October!!

Feb 10 2018 - Filming A New TV Show
Most of today was spent in the hot seat, doing several hours of on-camera interviews for the new episodes of the second season of "Strange Evidence" for Science Channel.

The series gets experts to provide commentary and explanations for interesting or unusual things caught on surveillance cameras and smart phones.
The British crew was fun to work with, and we had a very productive day.

Filming "Strange Evidence"

Jan 16 2018 - Royal Geographical Society Fellowship
I'm proud to announce that I have been accepted as a fellow of the UK's Royal Geographical Society.
Founded in 1830, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is dedicated to the development and promotion of geographical knowledge, together with its application to the challenges facing society and the environment.

Royal Geographical Society

Jan 11 2018 - Featured by George Takei
George Takei (formerly Sulu on the original Star Trek) has become an internet sensation in the past few year, with his hugely popular Facebook page. He frequently shares pictures and video clips that are seen by millions of people.
Today, his account sent out a video about the Darvaza flaming gas crater in Turkmenistan. Several pics from my expedition to be the first to the bottom of the crater were featured in the video. Check it out here.

George Takei FB Video

Jan 05 2018 - Extreme Cold and Lake Effect Snow Squalls
More extreme cold temperatures hit Ontario as a potent Nor'easter lashes the east coast of Canada and the U.S, pulling down frigid arctic air from the north which swept across Lake Huron, producing an intense lake effect snow band.
I got up at 3:30 AM and teamed up with the crew from The Weather Network, to go and report on the snow for the morning show. Highway 402, a major artery was completely shut down due to dangerous driving conditions. The Ontario Provincial Police allowed us to access part of the closed road as a team of 2 heavy duty tow trucks pulled an 18-wheeler out that was stuck in the snow. We reported LIVE from the closed highway, then proceeded on to the town of Strathroy, which had been taking the brunt of the snowfall.


Jan 03 2018 - Explorers Club Canadian Chapter Chair
I'm now able to announce that I am now the new Chair of the Explorers Club Canadian Chapter.

For those of you who don't know, The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.

Taking over my old position of Ontario/Nunavut Regional Director is Travis Steffens, the region is in good hands with him. Many thanks to outgoing Chapter Chair Ray Hyland for all his hard work and guidance.

Explorers Club Canadian Chapter

Dec 31 2017 - New Years Eve Sunrise Steam
It has been a frigid December across much of NorthAmerica, and this morning we saw temeratures of -20C here in Toronto. I got up early and headed down to the shore of Lake Ontario to view the steam coming off of the lake. It made for a wonderful sunrise.

New Years Eve Sunrise Steam

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