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Presenter:  Gregg Treinish and Deia Schlosberg
Presentation:  Across the Andes

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Gregg Treinish and Deia Schlosberg believe in the value of traveling at a natural human pace.  In April 2008, Gregg and Deia became the first people to trek the length of the Andes Mountains, south of the equator, a journey that lasted nearly two years and 7,800 miles.  Following the spine of the longest mountain chain in the world, the couple created a new route, often times off-trail and even off-map.  Along the way they were forced to battle crippling illnesses and highly unforgiving terrain.  Traveling to remote and often never-before-visited villages in the Andes, they experienced first-hand the lives of a people who have been living for centuries using sustainable methods.  They see a tremendous value in sharing the lessons learned from a people who have been living harmoniously with the land for generations.  Through intimate journal entries, stunning video, and captivating slides, Gregg and Deia bring their audiences along for the journey.
 
Gregg and Deia were named National Geographic Adventurers of the year in 2008.  Their trek has been documented by Wend, Backpacker, and Outside Magazines, and they are looking forward to the time to complete a book about the journey.  Gregg and Deia  are currently living in Bozeman, MT.

The presentation will also include stories from Connecting the Gems, a biological expedition Gregg and Deia took to document infringements to wildlife connectivity between Yellowstone National Park and the Frank Church River of No Return Wildernes, a project from which they produced a documentary film, and from Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a non-profit founded by Gregg that asks adventure athletes traveling around the world to make a difference while they get after it.  In their first year, the organization has already sent more than 250 athletes to collect data for more than 30 scientists in need of otherwise unattainable datasets.  From the Himalaya to the ocean, you will learn how you can get involved and make your time outside more meaningful.

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