The Exploration of the Great Rivers of Africa
April 15, 2007 – (NOTE: 4:00 p.m. Friend Center 101, simulcast Computer Science 104) – Spencer Trask Lecture
Pasquale Scaturro’s talk precedes the opening of “To the Mountains of the Moon: Mapping African Exploration, 1541-1880″ a map exhibition of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections in Firestone Library, to which all are welcome.
Pasquale Scaturro, geophysicist, adventurer, and expedition leader is one of the most successful and accomplished mountain and river expedition leaders in the world and has been exploring the far reaches of the planet for over 25 years. He is founder and president of Exploration Specialists an international geophysical and exploration company. For the last 26 years he has managed geophysical oil and gas exploration and development projects in many of the most remote, dangerous and politically and technically challenging areas on earth, and has explored throughout North and South America, Africa, and the former Soviet Union. For over 20 years Pasquale has been extremely active in high altitude mountaineering and has been the leader of numerous expeditions to major mountains worldwide including three expeditions to Everest. In 1998 he reached the summit of Mt. Everest and in 2001 he conceived, organized, and led the National Federation of the Blind NFB 2001 Everest Expedition, in which blind climber Erik Weihenmayer reached the summit. Pasquale has multiple descents of major world-class rivers including the Bio Bio in Chile, rivers throughout North America, the Omo and Zambezi in Africa. From November 2003 to April 2004 he organized and led the historic 114-day Nile First Descent Expedition, the first complete descent of the Blue Nile and Nile River from its source high in the mountains of Ethiopia to the Mediterranean Sea, a distance of 3,260 miles. He has filmed rafting and mountaineering projects for ESPN, PBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, and OrbitaMax.