Exploration Clubs - What Future for a Tradition in Decline? Image by CuChullaine O坦eilly courtesy The Long Riders Guild, SOURCE
Times change. In the early years of the last century, radio was in a comparable state of development to the internet today. Yet experts believed Canada’s Rocky Mountains presented an insurmountable barrier to the passage of radio waves. When American Long Rider Lewis Freeman set off to explore the Rockies in 1924, he took along the most advanced communication system then available, a two-tube radio. Freeman’s historic attempt proved radio waves could travel over the mountains. Image by LRG courtesy The Long Riders Guild, SOURCE
After the Long Riders presented the literary collection, they were told the RGS would not allow them to pose on the grounds for a group photograph. Image by LRG courtesy The Long Riders Guild, SOURCE
Eight million people watched Felix Baumgartner jump to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere. The record-breaking project was not endorsed by any of the traditional exploration societies. It was sponsored by the Red Bull drinks company. Image by Luke Aikins courtesy Red Bull Stratos, SOURCE
Foreign-born: This map shows the number of British-born people living in England. Darker areas indicate a higher number of British-born individuals living in an area, while lighter areas have a higher number of foreign-born residents. From the 2011 census, conducted by the Office for National Statistics. Image by Office for National Statistics courtesy Office for National Statistics, SOURCE
Author of "Khyber Knights,” CuChullaine O'Reilly (in image) is currently completing the “Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration,” the most comprehensive equestrian exploration guide ever written.
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(CuChullaine O’Reilly/intro by Tina Sjogren) It's a shakedown. Retail, media, entertainment, education, innovation, trade and freedom fights... fusing with technology we are transforming in unexpected ways. Power upheld by tradition is no longer a given. In exploration, the battle between old and new is visible in the prestigious establishments. How will it turn out?“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent," Darwin found, "it is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”The...