Venezuela is one of those countries in South America that people have heard of, but very few have visited beyond a cruise stop or the capital city of Caracas.
Venezuela is a land that should be visited and explored.
It is a land of incredible variety and beauty, from snowcapped Andean peaks to the Caribbean and from the Amazon jungles to
the wildlife-rich savannas where tepuis (flat-topped mountains) evoke images of a lost world.
One of those tepuis is the world famous Angel Falls (Salto Angel) which drops 3211 feet (979 meters).
Another famous tepui is Roraima which is one of the Gran Sabana’s greatest adventure destinations
made famous by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book, "The Lost World."
Wareo Children in Canoe, Orinoco Delta, Venezuela 2005
Join Shane Berry #1093 as he describes his 2005 adventure in Venezuela.
Shane traveled all over Chile in 2003 and Argentina in 2004 with fellow Adventurers’ Club member Gary Mortimer #1086.
John Lustick of Michigan was also on those trips.
With only a few weeks’ notice, Shane Berry joined John Lustick in Venezuela in Jan. 2005.
Shane traveled from Caracas to Cuidad Bolivar, and then flew by single engine plane to Canaima National Park (Angel Falls).
After exploring Angel Falls, Shane continued his travels to Santa Elena (Gran Sabana) and Roraima then onto the Orinoco Delta
(home to Wareo boat people) and finally ended at Mochima National Park.
Ladies Night -
Scott Warner Gold Mining the Rivers of California
Dredging for Gold in the Rivers of California
Scott Warner (#1184) is the newest member of te Adventurers’ Club and will be giving his first of many presentations at the club on Gold Mining in the Mother Lode. His greatest passion in Dredging for Gold in the Rivers of California. He will discuss how a gold dredge works and where and how to find gold, as well as a short history of the 4 gold rushes that occurred in California. Scott will be discussing the diversity of our river systems and all the different gems, minerals and gold that is found in each river. Scott will touch on the geology of the Sierra Nevada’s and how the Gold was formed in the Mother Lode.
Scott is a student of Gold Morphology (Forms) and will be teaching the audience about the different types of Gold found and the multitude of forms it takes. As a collector and dealer of fine gold, he will be sharing some of his prized specimens for the audience to view, hold and enjoy.
About Scott Warner
Scott Warner has been mining for Gold in the Mother Lode for over 30 years. His original passion was dredging for Gold in the rivers of California, which led to his interest in hunting Gems, Minerals and Fossils across the Midwest. His travels across the Western United States caused him to develop a deep appreciation of the Geology, History and beauty of our country. While working on the Merced River. He began exploring Yosemite, which developed into a love of our National Parks. His travels through Yellowstone sparked an interest in exploring thermals of the west and wherever he prospects, he takes the time to explore the country for thermals, Indian petroglyphs and natural geologic formations. In 2010 he received his diving certification and began an adventure in diving for Spanish treasure and exploring the limestone cave systems of the Yucatan. His love of photography has allowed him to share his experiences with those around him.
Alan Feldstein - It Is Not Only The Places You Go But The People You Meet
Alan Feldstein & Patrick Olepapatiti
Many of us in the club travel to amazing places. We see amazing things.
We take pictures of those amazing sights and come back with stories to regale our friends and fellow club members with.
But many times we come back and talk about what we saw not whom we met.
Tonight club member Alan Feldstein (#1094), who has given several presentations over the years about the places he has visited and the things he has done,
is going to take a different approach.
Tonight is not about things like wildlife experiences in Africa, kayaking in Vietnam & Tanzania, rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon
or climbing Mt. Whitney & Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Tonight is about the impact of the people he has met along his travels.
Some he could barely communicate with; others have become lifelong friends.
"The people I am going to talk about have had a profound affect on my life.
They have shaped my feelings about humanity, how I live, how I approach challenges in life
and how I have come to learn that how we look at things here or what is important to us is not the only way to see and experience things."
Alan Feldstein is an avid adventurer, explorer and owner of Infinite Safari Adventures, a wildlife safari and adventure company,
that creates custom safaris for people all over East and Southern Africa.
Besides being a member of the Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles he is a member of the Explorers Club and a Trustee of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Andrew McGregor - War Zone Journalism: Rwanda and Eastern DR Congo
Andrew McGregor is an inventor, filmmaker, writer, comic publisher, chessboxing champion, entrepreneur, frequent TEDx speaker, mentor,
Highlands games athlete, roboticist, photojournalist, and founder of
The Tiziano Project,
a not-for-profit that teaches journalism to people living in conflict zones and neglected parts of the world
with an emphasis on creating jobs through media training.
The organization has worked in places such as Rwanda, Somalia, DR Congo, Iraq, Kenyan slums, a California youth prison, Israel, Palestine, and South Central LA.
He has been featured in “Wired”, “Newsweek”, the Sports Section of “The New York Times”.
Basically, he creates solutions to humanitarian problems and then starts organizations and companies to solve them.
TEDxUSC described him as a "paradigm shifter" and an article by the humanitarian technology organization Not Impossible Now
said he has a "Rube Goldberg mind,"
but McGregor feels it is more because of his passion for humanity and the world that has taken him through many careers and countries flushed along the way
with capers, conquests, and challenges.
For McGregor, the art of living is the same as the art of adventure.
Want to learn how being a war photographer in DR Congo led to his creating the new sport of chessboxing in North America?
Or how being a film festival judge was the spark to his inventing an affordable robot to map land mine fields in Cambodia?
He has the answers.
Be Sure to Join Us Tonight for Another Exciting Program!