Ladies Night -
Paul Wong From West of Tibet to East of China
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Member Paul Wong spent 61 days traversing the entire China, from the westernmost part of Tibet to the easternmost city in China-Shanghai.
In his travel Paul likes to observe how things work to support all the unique communities he encountered and finding out what helps them
to perpetuate the long-held traditions, some are thousands years old and are quite obsolete compared to the modern communities surround them.
Paul has traveled extensively to Europe and Asia, often visiting remote areas away from the beaten path, sometimes relying on nothing more than a map or a tale.
Paul gives credits to the multiple languages he is familiar with and common sense for his successful completion of these adventures.
During early part of his life Paul sampled a wide variety of work to support himself, earning just enough to support his next adventure then moving on.
For example, in his travel throughout Thailand Paul took on jobs such as gold smuggler, shopkeeper, duck farm operator, poppy grower
(ask him if you do not know what this is for), fisherman, storyteller, electrical and mechanical repairman, to name a few.
Then, when he decided to hunker down he became almost immovable, working for one local government for more than 33 years.
Presently, Paul is on a three month solo adventure traversing the entire Japan from the southernmost island of Okinawa to the northernmost forest in Hokkaido.
Along the way he will also circumnavigate the entire island of Taiwan, visit a few southern China cities, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand.
During his 61-day Tibet-China trip, Paul visited many Tibetan back countries where many unique ancient traditions are still being practiced.
For example, multiple sisters marrying one man and multiple brothers marrying one woman (how do they know who is the father).
Paul also swung by the northern Mount Everest base camp, in Tibet, and hiked around Tibet’s most sacred mountain, Mount Kailash,
which trail has a total of 52 kilometers and ascended to the height of more than 5,600 meters, or above 18,000 foot above sea level.
Other interesting highlights of this trip included Paul’s visits to a thousand year old Yao village in the remote mountains in Quangzhou, China,
and the miraculous finding of his father’s birth place along with a dozen first cousins he has never met or even heard of,
all based on a family lore told by his father more than 50 years ago.
Then at moment’s notice, Paul responded to a timely invite from a friend he met only on the Chinese social media and took a detour to the
northern China city of Harbin, confirming the friend’s existence and enjoying the frozen Song Hua Jiang river and the art of ice carving.
In addition to flying, riding trains and buses, horse and yak, Paul also logged more than one million footsteps on this journey.
Paul is eager to share the excitement of this adventure and interesting photos.
Beautiful Tunnel Entrance Just Outside of Lhasa Airport
Traditional Tibetan Hotel with Immaculate Interior Painting and Deco
Public Square at Jokhang Temple with the Portola Palace in Background.
Chinese Police SWAT Team with Heavy Armory Stayed Here Permanently Because Riots Often Started Here.
To Defuse Tensions, the Armed Forces Provided First Aid Assistance, Free Bottled Water,
and Played Soft Music Over the Public Announcement System to Facilitate Public Square Dance
The Shepherd Lady Came Checkout Our Steed While...
Her Yaks Held Us Up
Everest Has Its Own Unpredictable Weather! Just a Few Seconds Ago Heaven Was Howling
Winding Our Way For Hours to Get Near Base Camp
A Settlement Along the Trail to the Holy Mountain
Picturesque Farming Community at Rong Jie Terraced Field
Dr. Brad Grant Antarctic Peak and Skiing 4000 Miles to the South Pole
Dr. Brad Grant will demonstrate what he does and illustrate one of his many expeditions with a short film clip.
This one to the 7th continent Antarctica where he and a team climbed to the highest peak then skied 400 miles to the south pole.
Dr. Grant is the CEO, Chief Excitement Officer, of Dr. Adventure.TV.
An extreme multi sport expedition oriented adventure travel company.
Adventure.TV has been in business since 2000.
Brad has traveled to over 300 countries, Providences, islands and kingdoms.
Dr. Grant is a former family sports and ER physician, risk management attorney, professor, and competitive athlete.
He currently wears 3 hats, logistitician, expedition and wilderness physician, and film maker.
He has one daughter who shows great interest in extreme outdoor activities.
Charles is an avid outdoorsman since an early age.
Recently retired Scoutmaster and Asst Scoutmaster, 4 and 3 years respectfully, of a 100 Scout troop.
Spent about 2 weeks on the Orinoco River, Columbia, South America in a dugout canoe, during a time of civil unrest – late 1980’s.
Primarily lived off the land in Hawaii for a little while (hunted wild boar, picked fruit, fished and ate shellfish from the ocean, trapped and ate freshwater prawns from the river).
EVP/Principal commercial real estate broker/investor at the same company for 30 years.
Ladies Night -
Beverly Houwing Adventures Around the World
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Beverly Houwing has had a passion for travel, photography and a love of animals for as long as she can remember.
She has been traveling to different parts of the world since she was very young and has visited over 60 countries.
In 2015 she went to all seven continents during that year, capturing images of many unique places, cultures, and the people and animals that live there.
Experiencing the world first hand and documenting it has been has been a huge motivation.
It has taken her to the deserts of Namibia, the ice floes of the Antarctic, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest high up in the Eastern Sierras,
the frozen forests of Lapland, the floodplain of the Okavango and many places in between.
Her photography appears in curated exhibits and galleries, including the G2 Gallery in Venice, CA, the Annenberg Space for Photography
and has been featured in Smithsonian, Professional Artist and other magazines.
Her photographs also raise money for organizations like Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS/LA), Best Friends Animal Society, African Wildlife Foundation,
The Sierra Club, National Parks Service and others.
She organizes photo-safaris in Africa and has just returned from Namibia & South Africa and is taking a group to Botswana & South Africa in August.
For details on upcoming trips, look on her web site...
When she is not out exploring, she does freelance work in graphics, photography, photo retouching & web site design.
For the past 15 years she has been teaching the Adobe Creative Suite applications and is an Adobe Certified Instructor and Print Specialist.
Beverly will share lots of photos and stories of her adventures around the world at the meeting.
The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles thanks Mr. Shane Berry for recommending this speaker.
Steve Elkins Finding a Lost City: Legends, Discoveries, Consequences
Steve has been working in television for 30 years as a cinematographer, editor, and producer.
Before starting his media career, he received a B.S. in Earth Science from Southern Illinois University where
he also did an interdisciplinary archaeological research project on a rock shelter site he discovered.
After several years as director of an environmental education program in Chicago and a field researcher for paleo-climate studies at the University of Wisconsin,
Steve moved to Los Angeles where he initially worked in petroleum engineering before succumbing to the siren call of Hollywood.
His media career has garnered an Emmy as well numerous other industry awards.
Desiring to blend his scientific interests with film-making,
Steve has been fortunate to work on a variety of adventure and science oriented programming around the world.
President Hernandez of Honduras and Steve Elkins at First Excavation in January 2016
Elkins became fascinated with the Honduran Mosquitia and its lost city legends while filming there in 1994.
Reading about the advent of airborne lidar as a tool for unveiling archaeological ruins he formed a company in 2012 (UTL…Under the Lidar)
with colleagues to explore the Mosquitia jungle using lidar while producing a documentary about the process
and results that happen to include the discovery of two "lost cities."
In 2013, Steve and his UTL partner, Bill Benenson, were both selected as two of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Leading Global Thinkers of the Year
for their innovative approach to exploration.
In addition, their project was the subject of a feature story in the May 2013 issue of New Yorker magazine titled, "The Eldorado Machine."
Last year, with Steve as project leader, they organized a multi-disciplinary scientific ground expedition to one of the sites discovered by lidar in 2012.
The results have garnered world headlines including an article in the October 2015 issue of National Geographic
("Lure of the Lost City") and a recent episode of National Geographic Explorer ("Legend of the Monkey God").