Gregg Treinish is ASC's founder and executive director and has been named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year (2008) and National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2013). Gregg recently led a group of students from Marin Academy on the "High Sierra Climate Change Traverse" in the Desolation Wilderness.
Students collect data on diatoms near Dick's Lake in the Desolation. Photo by Gregg Treinish.
We are sitting 3000 feet above the valley floor on a ridge and have been searching for rare plants
for more than two hours. If there is any hope of reaching the summit of Dick’s peak today, we need to move.
We yell for Albert, our “leader of the day”, to join us on the cliff’s edge. “What do you think about wrapping up here?” I ask,
“But, we haven’t finished counting plants yet.” he responds, “we’re only at 3,000”
This is in a nutshell why I love working with students on adventure-science expeditions
. They always seem to bring an unrivaled enthusiasm for the task at hand and an unwavering curiosity about the world around. “One great experience that we shared with Nikki and Jeff [our ASC guides] was when Jeff demonstrated how bears eat Thatching Ants out of the nest and we all joined the feast!” – Alberta Born-Weiss, Marin Academy Student
Andrew Schleif, an engineer from Oregon is in the middle of the trip of a life time. He quit his day job and is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Washington. Along the way he is looking for signs of Pika for ASC researcher, April Craighead. The Pika is an important indicator species for climate change, and the data recorded by Andrew will contribute to an important body of knowledge.
Andrew Schleif has recorded signs of Pika on his through hike of the PCT
Our journey down the long Sacramento has begun. On Wednesday Kevin and Galen walked to the bottom of Box Canyon Dam, the official beginning of the Sacramento River. The river starts off fast and narrow. It is hard to believe its the same river that provides water to millions of Californians. The walk down to the river is an adventure in of its own, steep and rocky. A rope has been installed to offer assistance.