855th Harvard Travellers Club Meeting

The first meeting of the 2016-2017 season will be held in the Massachusetts Room of the Harvard Club on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Cocktails are served at 6:00 p.m., dinner is at 6:45 p.m., and the meetings begin about 8:00 p.m. The price is $71 each for members and guests. The deadline for dinner reservations is noon of the preceding Friday, Oct 7th. Please notify Club VP Tamara Busch using email (preferred), a postcard, or by telephone. Reservations received after the deadline may not be accepted or could incur a $10 late fee. Members and guests who fail to attend without canceling their reservation prior to the above deadline may be liable for the dinner charge.

Tonya and Brad Clement
The Everest Peace Project

In 2006 an international team of climbers was
 assembled under the banner of the Everest Peace
 Project. The purpose and the vision was to place an 
Israeli and a Palestinian on the top of the world’s
 highest peak to show the world that cultural
 differences can be set aside to pursue common 
interests and shared goals. The team could not have 
been more varied and different yet, they all shared the love of climbing.

Just four months shy of the planned climb, the only 
woman on the expedition, who was representing the
 US, became pregnant and had to drop off the team.
Two months before the climb, Tonya Clement was
 invited to take her place. One month later Brad
 Clement was hired to film the climb. This was the start 
of what Tonya coins, an Everest-lasting love story.

This year represents the 10th anniversary of the climb. Tonya and Brad were married in 2008.
The story of their falling in love on the world’s highest mountain, continues to be told every 
Valentine’s Day on NPR. This fall they will join us on October 11th to share more intimately and
 openly what it was like to be part of such a special project that proved to be both emotional and
 educational. It has only been in recent years that the documentary filmed by Brad and
 narrated by Orlando Bloom was finally recognized and is now being shown repeatedly on over 
350 PBS stations.

The 2016-2017 Season at a Glance

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  • October 11, 2016 Tonya & Brad Clement: The Everest Peace Project

  • November 9, 2016 John Turk: Crocodiles and Ice

  • December 13, 2016 Elissa Landre: Bonelli's Eagle and Bull Jumpers - Nature and Culture of Crete

  • January 10, 2017 Robert Breyer: Admiral Byrd's Polar Expedition - A Narrative by His Grandson

  • February 14, 2017 Members' Night: Four Short Presentations by Club Members

  • March 14, 2017 Daryl Hawk: Distant Journeys - Places Where Time Stands Still

  • April 11, 2017 Mark Richey: Exploring the Kishtwar Valley of Kashmir

  • May 16, 2017 Christopher Golden: Surprising Connections between the Environment and Humans


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    • May 2016 William Barton: Exploring Sable Island

    • April 2016 George Trumbull: Rabat & Meknes - Pirates and Potentates

    • March 2016 Timothy Walker & Daniela Melo: Cochin, Goa and Diu - The Past Hidden in Plain Sight

    • February 2016 Members' Night: Four Short Presentations by Club Members Edward Wendell, Jenifer Craig, Susan Holcombe, and Madelon Bures & Diane Wenckebach

    • January 2016 Wendy Booker: 90 Degrees Latitude and Longitude… Incredible!

    • December 2015 Carl Safina: Beyond Words - How Killer Whales, Elephants and Wolves Think and Feel

    • November 2015 Polly Mahoney & Kevin Slater: Canoeing with the Cree

    • October 2015 Nils Navarro: Cuba, the Queen of the Caribbean

    • June 2015 Members' Night: Four Short Presentations by Club Members Jo-Del Gaeth (China), Judy Gregg (Antarctica), Eli Dow (Burma) and Nils Bonde-Henriksen (Iceland)

    • May 2015 Cheryl Knott: Borneo, Orangutans in the Wild

    • April 2015 Patricia Glyn: A Journey of Discovery, Trekking with the Khomani San/Bushmen of the Kalahari

    • March 2015 Curt DiCamillo: Magnificence, Marriage & Murder – The Story of Scotland's Brodick Castle

    • January 2015 Sarah Garlick: Wild Stone – Big Wall Climbing in Greenland and a Climbing-Science-Conservation Project in Mozambique

    • December 2014 Joseph A. Greene: Travellers in the Holy Land – From the Siege of Acre to the Wilderness of Zin

    • November 2014 Nathan Benn: Peru and the Royal Tombs of the Moche Culture

    • October 2014 Matt Gross: Why I Can't Make Sense of Turkey, But Love It Anyway

    • May 2014 John King: Close Encounters Of The Wild Kind - Adventures At The Top Of The Food Chain

    • April 2014 Shawn Carey: Epic Journeys - Tracking The Migrations Of Shorebirds In The Western Hemisphere

    • March 2014 Joseph Schuldenrein: Afghanistan The Glory Of Mes Aynak - Past Magnificence, Future Threats

    • February 2014 Members' Night: Four Presentations by Club Members

    • January 2014 Freddie Wilkinson: Mountain/Story

    • December 2013 Dr. Jerry Vanek: Serum Run '25 - The Great Race Against Death

    • November 2013 Deborah Hoard: They Call It Myanmar - Lifting The Curtain

    • October 8, 2013 Don Gurewitz: Bhutan - Inside The "Land Of The Thunder Dragon"

    • May 2013 Greg Child: K2, A Very Hard Way

    • April 2013 Jennifer Berglund: Defending Eden – The Waorani Student Project

    • March 2013 Christina Thompson: The Discovery and Settling of Polynesia

    • February 2013 Members' Night: Four Presentations by Club Members

    • January 2013 Janet Bergman Wilkinson, Freddie Wilkinson & Mark Richey: Indian Summer - 6 First Ascents in the Eastern Karakoram

    • December 2012 Stephen Loutrel: Sailing and Mountaineering in Northern Labrador

    • October 2012 Rosemary Mahoney: Down the Nile; Alone on a Fisherman's Skiff

    • May 2012 Alex S. MacLean: Aerial Reflections

    • April 2012 Mitchell Zuckoff: Lost In Shangra-la

    • March 2012 Christina Thompson: The Maori People of New Zealand

    • February 2012 Members' Night: Four Presentations by Club Members

    • January 2012 Donald Freeman: Venice - Saving A World Heritage Site

    • December 2011 Alan Hoffman: The Yukon Quest

    • November 2011 Dr. Wouter van Hoven: Operation Noah's Ark - Restoring Angola's Wildlife

    • October 2011 David Roberts & Ed Ward: The Southeast Face of Mt. Dickey, Alaska

    • May 2011 Rich Wilson: Race France To France, Leave Antarctic To Starboard

    • April 2011 Kathryn Bard: Mersa/Wadi Gawasis - A Pharaonic Harbor On The Red Sea

    • March 2011 Alex Honnold: Alone On The Wall

    • February 2011 Members' Night: Four Presentations By Club Members

    • January 2011 Chris Leahy: Mongolia - The Last Wilderness Nation Faces The Global Market Economy

    • December 2010 Mark W. Moffett: Adventures Among Ants

    • November 2010 Alice DeLana: Provence - A Love Affair

    • October 2010 Jon Bowermaster: One Ocean

    • May 2010 Dr. Isobel Williams: Edward Wilson, Life and Times

    • April 2010 Patricia Glyn: Footing with Sir Richard's Ghost

    • March 2010 Tina Ramme: African Lions and Maasai Nomads

    • February 2010 Members' Night: Four Presentations by Club Members

    • January 2010 Peter Athans: Secrets of Shangra-La: Re-Discovering the Caves of Mustang

    • December 2009 Delafield DuBois: Back Roads: A 24-Day Journey Through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    • November 2009 Conrad Anker: The Shark's Fin

    • October 2009 Geoffrey Clark: Abandoned in the Arctic

    • May 2009 Lou Jones: Travel + Photography: Off The Charts

    • April 2009 Dr. Lucy Der Manuelian: Armenia - Mountains, Monuments, Manuscripts And Miracles

    • March 2009 Mark Richey: Climbing And Exploring Around The World

    • February 2009 Members' Night: Five Presentations by Club Members

    • January 2009 Wayne Petersen: Svalbard – An Arctic Naturalist's Paradise

    • December 2008 Chris Davenport: Skiing Colorado's 14ers And Beyond – Ski Mountaineering The World's Great Mountains

    • November 2008 Sebastian Junger: A Journalist In The World's War Zones – Report From The War In Afghanistan

    • October 2008 Anita Klaussen & Bud Collins : Bhutan, The Happy, Sleepy Himalayan Kingdom