CLUB DARK - Attend the Amazing Saturday July 14 meeting instead
Men, Women and youths invited to the July 14 mini convention.
With the success of our June 26 program, we invite all to join in on the comradery and thrill
and experience another full day of amazing adventure given by world class speakers.
You will be amazed with what a full day does. Eat, drink and socialize like never before.
Casual clothing, lunch supplied.
July 14, 2012 - Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Adventure Mini Convention
Ladies, Men and Youth over 14 are invited to our "Mini Convention" at the club house.
We will have 3 programs and an ethnic meal on this amazing day.
The dynamics of a day like this are something to be experienced and can not be described in words.
Join us and be delighted. Limited Seating - Make Reservations Early
Captain Rich Abele, USN Ret. In the Footsteps of Scott and Shackleton: a Voyage to the Ross Sea
Rich Abele at Shackleton's Hut on Ross Island
The voyage on the M/V Spirit of Enderby originated in Bluff, South Island, New Zealand, cruised south to the Aucklands Islands,
also Macquarie Island then into the Ross Sea after crossing the Antarctic Circle in the Southern Ocean.
The highlight of the cruise was visiting the expedition huts of British polar explorers Scott and
Shackleton after multiple attempts to get through the ice.
On the return trip north we visited Campbell Island, the Snares, and Stewart Island before returning to Bluff.
On the cruise we sighted numerous seabirds including petrels, albatrosses, and skuas as well as various species of penguins
including Kings, Emperors, Royals, Adelies and Gentoos. Numerous seals, sea lions, and killer whales were also encountered.
Rich Abele is a former Contracts and Export Compliance professional who supported various military aircraft production programs
including the B-1B Lancer bomber and the C-17 airlifter at Rockwell International Corporation
and most recently The Boeing Company in Long Beach, CA.
He retired in 2005 after 32 years of service.
MV Spirit of Enderby
Rich also served in the US Navy which included two tours of duty in the Vietnam.
He retired in 1995 following 32 years of service in the Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain.
An avid outdoor adventurer and former marathoner,
Rich has traveled to and run on all seven continents and continues to trek and mountain climb on many remote and distant lands.
Trips include the Mt. Everest base camp in Nepal, High Inca Trail and
Huayhuash Circuit in Peru, Patagonia in Chile and Argentina,
three cruises to Antarctica,
and an expedition to the Aleutian Islands to locate the WWII submarine USS Grunion (SS-216).
More recent trips include an icebreaker cruise to the North Pole, tours of China, Tibet, Eastern Europe, the Maritime Provinces of Canada,
and an expedition to the South Pole.
When not traveling, Rich is active in the BLM’s Adopt-a-Cabin Program in the Panamint and Argus Ranges near Death Valley.”
Rich Abele with Elephant_Seals
Dave Barr Follow Your Dreams - Regardless of Obstacles
Dave Barr has done what most only dream of doing!
Inspired by John Goddard, inspirational speaker, warrior and friend- circumnavigated the world on a
Harley 9 months after his legs were blown off- Nothing stops this man once he makes up his mind and he teaches that.
Traveling around the world is a huge accomplishment, but only the beginning of Dave Barr’s incredible story.
His solo motorcycle journey took three and a half years to complete and spanned six continents and 83,000 miles.
What makes it truly remarkable is that Dave made the trip on a 1972 Harley-Davidson® motorcycle with two prosthetic legs,
the result of an 1981 land mine explosion.
He pushed his way through the Sahara, Namibia, and Gobi deserts,
slipped through the Andes during avalanche season and braved the unique challenges of riding across
China, Russia, Australia, and Africa.
Dave later went on to establish a Guinness Book World Record for crossing northern Europe, Russia and Siberia on a
motorcycle in the dead of winter.
Dave uses his experiences to tell story after touching story.
His life lessons will enrich and empower you as he shares how he brought his vision to life by setting goals,
staying focused, and overcoming obstacles.
Dave Barr sets New World Record!
Dave’s most recent adventure earned him a second Guinness World Record.
This time he went to Australia on his "Southern Cross" journey.
In just 45 days, he completed the first motorcycle journey ever between the four extreme geographical corners of the Australian continent.
A documentary is currently in the works about this amazing trip
Dave Barr holds the distinction of being:
An individual who has served in active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam and also served in the armed forces of three other nations.
The first double amputee skydiver in the world.
The only disabled person to have ridden around the world on a motorcycle.
The first person to have ridden a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle around the world.
The first person to establish a Guinness Book World Record for traveling by motorcycle across Europe, Russia, and Siberia in the dead of winter.
Robert Young Pelton The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places
Author, filmmaker, journalist, and adventurer Robert Young Pelton continues to overcome extraordinary obstacles in his search for the truth.
In his travels to and through the world's most dangerous places, Pelton shares risks with his hosts,
and is often the sole surviving witness to history-shaping events.
Ladies Night Pierre Odier - 85 Days on the Silk Road by Land Rover
The Silk Road was once one of the world’s most significant commercial arteries spanning the entire length of Asia.
Marco Polo created a permanent significance to the trade route between Europe and Asia.
Not on camels like Marco Polo but with modern Land Rovers Discoveries we set out to drive the entire Silk Road
tracing the same route as was established some 4000 years ago.
Driving the 20,000 Kilometers in our Land Rovers took us 85 days of constant driving.
Starting from Venice Italy and ending up in Beijing China, required us to travel thru 13 countries.
From Italy we drove to Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Georgia,
Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan ending up crossing the entire Taklamakan Desert ending up in
Xian just to continue to our final destination Beijing China.
Understanding the vast history of the many civilizations that made its way thru that territory either thru force or by merger
with established civilizations will require so much more time than the 85 days it took us to follow their established landmarks.
All the traveling Merchants, War lords, Invaders and ancient Civilizations that date back to prehistoric times left an
overwhelming amount of history to ponder and interpret.
The Marco Polo Silk Road route as romantic as it sounds today has effected many cultures of today in a permanent way.
Thomas P. Mahan, Jr. Flying the F-104 in the US, over Europe and in Southeast Asia
Lt. Thomas Mahan Zipper at George AFB
Born in 1942 in Atlanta, GA to an Army Infantry Major and a Georgia Peach, Tom grew up in Jerome, ID.
He graduated in 1964 from the USAF Academy, CO, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
Over the next two years he completed pilot training at Reese Air Force Base in west Texas, and his initial combat crew training at Luke AFB, AZ.
Over his 24-year career he spent ten years in the European and Pacific/Southeast Asia regions.
He accumulated over 4500 hours flying the T-37, T-38, T-39, F-100D, F-104C/D/G, F-4E, F-15C/D, A-7D and the F-117A.
His assignments included two Viet Nam combat tours – in the F-104C and then F-4E, three other operational fighter assignments,
three stints as a fighter instructor pilot, and a tour as the first American pilot on Exchange Duty flying fighters with the German Air Force.
He completed a staff tour in Germany at the headquarters of the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE),
and served three years on the Air Staff in the Pentagon working force structure and budget issues.
From 1982 – 1984 he commanded a squadron of air superiority F-15Cs in Europe.
As Assistant and then Deputy Commander for Operations from 1984 to 1986,
Col Mahan supported the development of combat capabilities in the F-117 stealth fighter.
In 1989 this Nighthawk unit won the Collier Trophy, and in 1991 it neutralized the Iraqi air defense system in the initial hours of the conflict.
His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross and 13 Air Medals.
He completed his military career in June 1988 as a Colonel and Vice Commander of the 35th Tactical Training Wing at
George Air Force Base in California.
From 1988 through 2000 Tom was an engineering manager in the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works --
the Palmdale, CA unit of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.
He managed an analysis developmental program and coordinated multi-spectral technology development initiatives
to improve the survivability of existing and future aircraft.
His assignments included: working with the Warfighter to determine overall aircraft system requirements,
completing mission and functional analyses, and applying quantitative techniques in the design of such concepts as the F-22,
the Joint Strike Fighter and several classified efforts.
He evolved business-planning processes for the Skunk Works and was in charge of identifying non-traditional lines-of-business as
the defense environment changed in the ‘90s.
From 2000 to 2010 Tom represented the advanced survivability technology interests of Pratt & Whitney and
the United Technologies Corporation.
He worked with weapon system contractors LM Aero, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing and with other contractors in
the aerospace industry of Southern California, Texas and Georgia.
His focus was on ensuring P&W contributed to the maximum to aircraft survivability and system-level improvements.
In addition to his professional military education, Tom earned a Bachelors Degree
in Engineering Science from the USAF Academy and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah.
He has been married to the same great woman since 1965. Shirley and he have two grown children and three grandkids.