National Geographic Live! Adventures in Polar Exploration
KCTS 9 is a proud media sponsor of 2013 National Geographic Live! Seattle Speaker Series, presented by Benaroya Hall and the Seattle Symphony.
When it comes to polar exploration, Børge Ousland is a natural. An avid outdoorsman and former member of Norway’s Marinejeger — equivalent to the U.S. Navy Seals — he has the physical and mental toughness to survive extreme conditions, as demonstrated by his history-making crossing of the Antarctic during the long polar night. But Ousland brings more than toughness and endurance to his adventures at high latitudes. He is profoundly aware of those who have gone before him. Heir to a great Norwegian tradition of polar voyages, he has crafted expeditions to replicate the feats of pioneers such as Nansen and Amundsen — in some cases accomplishing what they were unable to do. In 2007, while retracing Fritjof Nansen’s historic trek across Franz Josef Land, he and his team were isolated for three weeks during which they were forced to live off the land. In 2010, Ousland completed the Northern Passage — a circumnavigation by ocean of the entire Arctic in a single season — a long-sought goal of Arctic exploration that became possible only with changing climatic conditions. An audience favorite for his charismatic and compelling presentations, Børge Ousland will report on his latest expeditions with photos and hair-raising video direct from the field.
Now in its 16th year in Seattle, the series presents five of National Geographic’s most dynamic explorers, scientists, archaeologists and photographers, each sharing stories from the front lines of exploration. Award-winning video and digital images animate the presentations, which conclude with a question-and-answer session with audience members. Join the adventure!
Tickets and series subscriptions are now available on the National Geographic Live! website.
Note: The Sunday matinee series is ideal for families with children ages 8 and up.