2014 Armchair Adventures Series
There’s no better way to spend a cold, wintery evening than joining Jackson Hole locals as they recount their travels and adventures around the world. Presentations will take place in the meeting room at the recreation center. Refreshments will be provided.
Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Fee: $3 per presentation
CYCLING FROM COAST TO COAST | JANUARY 9TH
PRESENTED BY: KATIE HARRIS AND CAMRIN DENGEL
Join Katie Harris and photographer Camrin Dengel as they share the tales and images of their bike adventure across the United States. These two women cycled along the Northern Tier of the USA, pedaling 4,000 miles over two and a half months. Hear the stories of their highest highs and lowest lows, and those that helped them along the way. Though it seemed the road went uphill 50% of the time and it rained 70% of the time, they still managed to laugh until it hurt most everyday. It made crawling into soggy sleeping bags with sore legs well worth it. Enjoy stunning photographs and a lively narrative from the ladies themselves.
TREKKING IN NEW ZEALAND | JANUARY 16TH
PRESENTED BY: MIKE ADLER
Join Mike Adler for a Armchair Adventure highlighting several treks in New Zealand. His presentation and photos include traveling on the South Island, trekking in Mt. Cook National Park to the Mueller Hut which affords views of Mt. Cook and the many glaciers in the park, a kayak tour in Able Tasman Park and other hikes on the South Island. The presentation also includes trekking two of the most famous New Zealand great walks. The Milford Track, which is 33.5 miles long. Highlights of the track include Mackinnon Pass and Southerland Falls. The Routeburn Track is an alpine hike over Harris saddle with views of the Hollyford Valley. His trip also included a visit to the North Island and visits to several thermal areas and a hike on the Tangariro Crossing where Mt. Doom is located in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
INDONESIA AND BALI | JANUARY 23RD
PRESENTED BY BRIAN RILEY
Brian Riley, a relatively new resident of Jackson, has spent over three decades as a fulltime resident of Asia. Having lived in Japan, China, Singapore and Indonesia as a student, investment banker and businessman, Brian brings a unique perspective on the region. During this presentation, he will share his family history and personal experiences in Indonesia and Bali, in particular. Starting with the 1965 coup that displaced President Sukarno, Brian will discuss the Asian Financial Crisis, the riots and reformation which led to the resignation of President Suharto, the Bali bombings and tourism in Bali.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GLOBAL VILLAGE TRIPS | JANUARY 30TH
PRESENTED BY: VERONICA MULHALL AND JACKSON HOLE VOLUNTEER PARTICIPANTS
Each year, volunteers from Jackson Hole team up with Habitat for Humanity International to build homes, communities and hope in developing Latin America. Destinations have included Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico. The program, called Global Village, provides a unique opportunity for cultural exchange, fosters social awareness, and impacts those in need through meaningful international service. Team members work alongside locals to provide simple, decent shelter for recipient families.
ODYSSEY 2000 BIKE TRIP AROUND THE WORLD | FEBRUARY 20
PRESENTED BY: AL YOUNG
Join Al Young as she presents slides and stories about living and interacting with 247 cyclists, 24/7, for a whole year during The Odyssey 2000 Bike Trip Around the World. The tour travelled through 46 countries during one of the wettest years on record. A bike accident during the tour forced her to go home for 7 weeks. She then returned to the trip and walked all over Europe to stay in shape until she was allowed back on the bike. She finished the trip with only 56 other bikers. Her musical background allowed her to form the Odyssey Choir, which became one of the few unifying aspects of a trip filled with turmoil. From camping on gravel in Baja to staying in 5 star hotels in China, visiting botanical gardens throughout the world and viewing wildlife in Africa, it was a trip of a lifetime and a life changing experience for Al.
INCA TRAIL, AMAZON AND GALAPAGOS ADVENTURE | FEBRUARY 27
PRESENTED BY: MIKE ADLER
This Armchair Adventure, presented by Mike Adler, includes hiking the Inca Trail, visiting the Amazon and a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. The trip began in Cusco, followed by a four day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and is 26 miles in length and includes over 12,000’ of combined ascent with a maximum elevation of 13,775’ at Dead Women’s Pass. The trail combines beautiful mountain scenery and snow capped peaks, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail is Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”. Following the Inca Trail trek, he spent a few days in the Amazon region highlighted by many wildlife sightings. The trip concluded with a five day tour among the Galapagos Islands with animal sightings including the legendary Galapagos Tortoise’s, frigate birds, the blue footed booby, seals and sharks.
AFRICA: KILIMANJARO AND WILD NATURE | MARCH 6TH
PRESENTED BY: CATHY SHILL
Join Cathy Shill, owner of the Hole Hiking Experience, to explore Africa. Her program highlights a trek to Mt. Kilimanjaro which is the highest peak in Africa at an elevation of 19,341 feet. Her journey also included safaris in Kenya and Tanzania to explore the country and its amazing wildlife. Bring your sense of adventure!
TREKKING, SKIING AND ADVENTURE IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO MARCH 13TH
PRESENTED BY: MIKE MCDONNELL
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is known mostly for its continuing instability, the atrocious acts of rebels and government forces, and the exploitation of both people and environment. Explore the Rwenzori Mountains of North Kivu province with host, Mike McDonnell, for a ride on black-listed airlines, motorcycles and skis. Summit Margherita (Africa’s third highest peak) and ski the Stanley Plateau (Africa’s largest glacier) before it melts. It is a rare visit to Africa’s oldest national park during a moment of peace during 2013.