Archive | April, 2013
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Day #9 of the transect: April 30th, 2013

30 Apr

Day #9 of the transect: April 30th, 2013

Team Speed Deer finds bison bone in stream sediments

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Day #9 of the transect: April 30th, 2013

30 Apr

Day #9 of the transect: April 30th, 2013

Team Speed Deer finds the first antler of the day

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Day #9 of the transect: April 30th, 2013

30 Apr

Day #9 of the transect: April 30th, 2013

Arctic gear for Team Tortoise today. 30F and 30mph winds.

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Day #9 of the transect: April 30th, 2013

30 Apr

Day #9 of the transect: April 30th, 2013

Team Speed Deer has to reach the Little Missouri by dark.

Captain’s Log: April 29th, 2013 – Day#8

30 Apr

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Today the total elevation between all teams was over 10, 000 feet. Both teams, Mountain Kitty and Speed Deer, covered 17 kilometers, and team Tortoise covered 16. The teams found many cattle grazing as well as more well pads and roads. The Pads they encountered were generally in good condition – little garbage and no visible pollution – leaks. Great paleontology, animal sightings – deer, birds. All teams waded the Little Missouri River to reach Elkhorn Ranch site where they paid their respects to Theodore Roosevelt.

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Day #8 of the transect: April 29th, 2013

29 Apr

Day #8 of the transect: April 29th, 2013

All teams go deep and then cross the Little Missouri on foot.
Also pictured: The Explorers Club flag

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Adventure Science featured in Get Out There Magazine

29 Apr

Adventure Science featured in Get Out There Magazine

Earth Day, April 22, marks the start of 100 Miles of Wild, the first eco-expedition of Calgary-based Adventure Science set against the inhospitable backdrop of North Dakota’s Badlands. Over the course of 10 days, teams of ultra-endurance athletes and scientists will run, climb, and trek through one of the United States’ last unexplored and most rugged acres of wilderness, documenting the state of the vastly shrinking wide open spaces now under threat from expanding development from the Bakken oil fields.

“The first 100 Miles of Wild project has a simple aim,” Adventure Science founder and PhD geologist Simon Donato said. “We will discover and report first-hand the condition of the wilderness that inspired President Theodore Roosevelt’s effort to preserve the rugged, wild spaces for all Americans and the world.”

Adventure Science is a neutral organization of volunteer experts and citizen-scientists. While members obviously appreciate wilderness, they also have diverse viewpoints about oil development and growth. What they share is a determination to collect information and make scientific observations ahead of the drill-bit. The goal of the project is not to tell communities what to do, but rather to help them gather the information they need to make informed decisions. The team will produce educational materials to teach students and the public about the natural and historical significance of the region, as well as to educate them about the relationships between oil development, natural, and cultural resources.

Andrew Reinhard, one of the team’s two archaeologists, noted, “[team member] Richard Rothaus and I had been planning a relatively casual Badlands journey for the past few years. As the Bakken Oil Boom exploded, we realized we needed to hit this idea hard.”

Expedition members are no strangers to wilderness travel, backcountry navigation, and extreme sports. Most of the science-athletes are ultra-marathoners, mountaineers, ice climbers, and solo explorers. One is an ex-Army Ranger. All are supported by a seasoned crew of search-and-rescue paramedics and safety personnel.

“In the Badlands,” archaeologist Rothaus explained, “anything can happen. The weather in April could bring anything from blizzards to tornadoes. There’s no drinkable water. We’re traveling over more than 20,000 feet of elevation change in a short amount of time. And the rattlesnakes might be waking up.”

Along the Badlands transect the team members will document the flora, fauna, historical sites, archaeology, and geology they encounter. Every hour they will stop, record photos and video panoramas, and make an audio recording to check for noise pollution, making notes on what they observe. The route and records will be carefully tracked with GPS units. The world can follow along on Twitter using @100MilesOfWild and the #ndbadlands hashtag.