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April 30 2022 - We're All Gonna Dies (Even Jay Baruchel)
 
Streaming now on Crave TV in Canada: "We're All Gonna Die (Even Jay Baruchel) is a new 6-part TV series that takes a humorous & informative look at different ways that humans could possibly go extinct. The show is hosted by actor/comedian Jay Baruchel and I appear in episode 5 which is all about supervolcanoes. Jay sends me to Japan to study an undersea caldera that has the potential for a catastrophic eruption. This was filmed way back in March of 2020, just as the global pandemic was ramping up.

We're All Gonna Dies (Even Jay Baruchel)

April 24 2022 - Explorers Club Annual Gala Dinner
 
 
Last night was The Explorers Club annual dinner and it was a great one! The first since 2019. There were of course, the usual exotic appetizers which included ants, scorpions, cockroaches, tarantulas and more. A great awesome evening in a room filled with some of the world’s leading explorers, scientists, astronauts, conservationist, and more.
 
The master of ceremonies for The Explorers Club annual dinner this year was Josh Gates, host of Expedition Unknown on Discovery Channel. We are both now part an exclusive group who have served as emcee of this event. (I was the MC in 2011 and 2018).
Perhaps we should team up for some grand adventure?
 
 
I am exhausted this morning. I got back to my hotel at 5AM after several after-parties. Zzzzzz
 

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April 22 2022 - Headed To New York
 
The bad news: my Uber got rear-ended pretty hard this morning.
The good news: I’m fine and the accident happened 5 minutes from the airport, so I just walked it from there.

There’s always some drama when I head to The Explorers Club annual gala dinner weekend in New York.
 
In 2018, I got stuck in a freak blizzard in New Jersey and had to sleep in my car.

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April 11 2022 - Tom Dolan
 
I recently found out that my friend Tom Dolan passed away on April 7th at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, Ca. at age 61. He had double lung transplant surgery last June, and despite the valiant efforts of his team of doctors, he lost his battle.
I knew Tom from The Explorers Club and in 2019 we worked together chasing tornadoes along with his brother Donald and Jade Vajna for his "Tornado Visualization and Doppler Radar Analysis Project". We even carried one of the club's historic flags (#114) on that project,
 
Tom was unreasonably generous, kind, and friendly. He had a unique perspective on studying severe weather, and I endeavoured to learn as much as I could from him in our limited time together.
 
My most sincere condolences to Tom's wife Kathy, and the entire Dolan family. They are the nicest people you could ever meet and I can't imagine the grief they are experiencing right now. It is however comforting to know that the world was always a better place whenever Tom was around, and he
 
Photo: In front of a rotating wall cloud underneath a tornado warned storm in the Texas Panhandle, near the town of Stinnet with Explorers Club flag #114. May 7th, 2019.
L-R: Donald Dolan, George Kourounis, Tom Dolan. Photo by Jade Vajna.

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April 10 2022 - Tampa, Florida
 
After only being home for a few days after my Egypt trip, I'm now in Tampa, Florida for a few days.
 
I'm here to do some filming at NBC affiliate station WFLA-TV studios. It is to promote a bunch of travel destinations for Exodus Travels. I'll be talking about:
 
- Egypt of course. I just got back from there, and I'll be sharing some of my personal experiences there.
 
- Turkey. Exodus is currently running a contest where winners can join me on an adventure in Cappadocia region of Turkey this fall.
 
- Premium Collection. This is Exodus' new line of trips that have all the quality of their highly rated trips, with the added extras of unique, premium accommodations, exceptional included experiences, and award-winning named leaders.
 
It's been a while since the last time I was in Florida. I must sya, the weather was pretty awesome, and the sunsets were spectacular.

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April 07 2022 - Back From Egypt
 
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March 23 2022 - Headed To Egypt
 
I depart tomorrow on my latest adventure... The frist big international one in 2 years! I'm hosting a partnered trip with Exodus Travels and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. As a travel ambassador, I'll be sharing my stories of exotic expeditions, giving photo & camera advice & tips and sharing highlights of the adventure on social media.
 
We start in Cairo, then up to Alexandria, then take a train to Aswan in the south, and then cruise down the nile to Luxor. It is going to be amazing, I'm super-excited about this!

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March 22 2022 - The Explorers Journal
 
Looks like I made the cover of the latest issue of The Explorers Journal. Look closely and you’ll see me, just to the right of the biggest flame (inside the Darvaza crater, Turkmenistan). I also contribute an article about that expedition for this issue, whose theme is “Fire & Ice”.

Photo by: Robin Brooks

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March 19 17 2022 - Cottage Life TV - Mysteries From Above
 
I am featured heavily in the new 10 part investigative series "Mysteries From Above" which explores remote, hard-to-reach locations as drones explore strange geological occurrences, unique man-made structures, curious creatures and lost civilizations.
 
The world broadcast premiere airs Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Cottage Life.

Mysteries From Above

Feb 23 2022 - Ice Climbing in the Elora Gorge
 
Today was spent ice climbing in Elora, Ontario in the Elora Gorge. A big shout out to Frederick Schuett and everyone at One Axe Pursuits for setting us up. Frederick was my rope rigger for the big Darvaza, Turkmenistan fire pit expedition back in 2013.
 
It's been a while since the last time I was ice climbing. It was great fun, and conditions were very good today.
 
We were filming some material for a potential project that is being pitched. I can't say anything about it right now.

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Feb 17 2022 - Boston Globe Article
 
I get quoted in a new Boston Globe article in the travel section. "Why travel the old-fashioned way when you can go with a celebrity?"
 
It talks about the trend of having high profile people on special featured tours who are able to enhance the experience for the travellers with their unique insights. This is something I've done many times, most frequently with Exodus Travels, but with others as well.

Boston Globe Article

Feb 07 2022 - WGN Chicago
 
I did a live interview with WGN TV Chicago today, talking about a many of my different expeditions around the world. We talked about volcanoes, the Naica Crystal Cave, and of course, chasing storms.

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Feb 03 2022 - Canadian Geographic Photos Of The Year Competition
 
It was great fun and a real honour to judge the finalists in the “Weather, Seasons & Sky” category. ALL the photos I saw were great and it was not an easy task. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted photos.

Check out the
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Canadian Geographic Photos Of The Year Competition

Jan 31 2022 - Niagara Falls - Rainbow & Ice
 
 
I was in Niagara Falls for a TV shoot with The Weather Network and we finished early enough to leave some time to go visit the falls. It was a clear, cold, sunny day, so I knew the conditions were likely going to be spectacular.
 
 
The low sun made an excellent rainbow in the mist, and it was cold enough that the mist was freezing to every surface incuding: lamp posts, stairs, and railings, making for a beautiful winter scene. I highly suggest visiting Niagara Falls in the winter. It is absolutely gorgeous, and there are very few tourists. It's really the best time to go there.

Niagara Falls - Rainbow & Ice

Niagara Falls - Rainbow & Ice

Jan 31 2022 - Vertical Wind Tunnel Filming
 
Learning to fly… well, more like hover… For a few seconds at a time. Trying to float in the middle of a vertical stream of wind that’s blowing at 120 mph (193 km/h) is not easy at all, especially when trying to look *somewhat* graceful for the TV cameras. We were filming for a "Science Behind The Weather" segment for The Weather Network.
 
BTW, that’s equal to a category 3 hurricane!
 
Many thanks to Niagara Freefall for helping us out today. It was a blast.

Vertical Wind Tunnel Filming

Jan 29 2022 - Icy Cold Lake Ontario
 
 
It was a very cold morning (-18C with a wind chill of -24C) but if you were willing to brave the cold, the steamy sunrise on Lake Ontario today was spectacular.
 
I have a few favourite spots around the lakeshore where I like to go whenever I'm expecting extreme or photogenic conditions.
 
While it was very cold, there was less steam on the water than I'd expected there to be, but the sunrise was amazing, and the waves crashing against the rocks, illuminated by the orange light was beautiful.

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Jan 28 2022 - Busy Week Filming
 
 
It’s been a busy week. 4 full days of filming for 3 different TV shows, for 2 different networks.
 
Season 8 of What On Earth? for Science Channel
 
Season 6 of Strange Evidecne, also for Science Channel
 
Season 1 of Mysteries From Above for Crave TV
 
A lot of research goes into each of these shoots, and to film 4 days of them back to back was mentally exhausting, but very rewarding.
 
Look for these programs to be broadcast later this year.

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Jan 17 2022 - Toronto Blizzard
 
This snowstorm really overperformed overnight here in Toronto. As of 7AM I was measuring between 30-35CM of snow in my yard, with lots of drifting too, and it’s still going to keep coming down for a while!
 
Update - The city of Toronto is now officially under a very rare blizzard warning! Stay home.
 
Update - I just measured 46cm on top of my BBQ. I had to go get a longer ruler! 9:30 AM.

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Jan 16 2022 - Darvaza News Coverage
 
It’s been a busy week!
 
Ever since the president of Turkmenistan proposed to extinguish the “Gateway To Hell” I’ve been inundated with interview requests from BBC, NPR CTV, Atlas Obscura, Sky News, and many more. Here’s a collage of about 340 different international news sites where I’ve turned up this week.

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Jan 12 2022 - Goodbye, Old Friend
 
Earlier this week I had said my final goodbye to an old friend. My trusty 1999 Honda CR-V with over 500,000 km on it was finally towed away and donated to charity.

Goodbye, Old Friend

Jan 10 2022 - "Doorway To Hell" To Close?
 
The news out of Turkmenistan has certainly caught the world’s attention! (The president has declared that he wants to close the “Doorway To Hell”, a pit of burning methane that’s been on fire for about 5 decades).

I’ve been getting lots of interview requests and I seem to have turned up on at least 50 international news sites in the past 24 hours (that I’ve counted so far). Link to
BBC article.

I’m happy to comment on my experiences there, particularly my 2013 expedition to be the first to ever go to the bottom, gathering soil samples. It’s one of the things I’m best known for and whenever the crater makes the news, I inevitably get asked to comment.

"Doorway To Hell" To Close?

Dec 31 2021 - Explorers Club Canadian Chapter
 
After serving my maximum of 2 consecutive terms, the time for me to step down as the Canadian Chapter Chair of The Explorers Club has come.
 
The past 4 years have been wonderful and challenging. I've made so many great friends, helped connect scientists and other explorers, and seen incredible innovation & accomplishments from so many talented people.
 
On Jan 1st, the position will be taken over by the very capable Jett Britnell. It is comforting to know that the future of the Canadian Chapter is in good hands. Thank you Jett for taking the helm.
 
I wish to thank all the other volunteers I've worked with over the past 4 years for their service. It's been an absolute joy to have shared this journey with you. I have every intention to continue working closely with the club and chapter in the future.

Explorers CLub - Canadian Chapter


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