National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field. He also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on wildlife-human interaction, fragmented habitats, and threatened species. In that spirit, his blog posts appear both here on Explorers Journal and in Beyond the Edge, the National Geographic Adventure blog.
Video interview by Jordan Holsinger.
“If I can help bring back information from these untouched, untravelled places then I’d love to do more” – Jeremy Jones
Jones was headed to Nepal with his sights set on some untouched, unvisited lines high in the Himalaya. There he was joined by a crew of professional snowboard mountaineers and a film crew from Teton Gravity Research who were filming for his next movie “Higher”, the final installation in his “Deeper, Further, Higher” trilogy.
“I think there’s this big spectrum of positive things that can be done… I think the science side is absolutely important” – Jeremy Jones
He started a non-profit organization, Protect Our Winters, to mobilize the winter sports community to make changes in response to the threat of climate change and has changed the way he plays outside, now relying primarily on human power to access his turns using a splitboard rather than helicopters.
He even started his own snowboard manufacturing company, Jones Snowboards, that focuses on building high quality and high performance snowboards and splitboards with minimal environmental impact.
Slowing down and using his own power access powder stashes and big lines has given Jeremy a closer connection to the mountains and has led to a revolution in the snowboarding world for which he was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year in 2013.
Because of Jeremy’s passion for the environment and particularly the effects of climate change on mountainous environments we connected him with our glacier snow and ice sampling project.
For this project he collected snow and ice samples to help researchers understand the extent of glacier thinning and his samples from such a remote corner of Nepal are a valuable addition to the dataset.
“My high school science teacher would be shocked and proud” – Jeremy Jones
Thanks again to Clif Bar for their support of ASC and connecting us with Jeremy. Be on the lookout for more about Jeremy from ASC and Clif Bar soon! In the meantime check out the trailer to “Higher” and keep an eye out for its release next year. You never know, you may see ASC in there.
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