Mission Antarctic: Snowboarding to the End of the Earth

The paragliding team conducts a test run before launching to film Xavier’s snowboarding descent down one of the steepest lines in Antarctica. Photo courtesy of Mission Antarctic, The North Face

Post contributed by Exploration Science student Christine Shepard.

One year of preparation by three sailors and two professional snowboarders in order to spend 19 days of exploring the Antarctic coastline for lines to ride and film. In December of 2012, world champion snowboarder Xavier De le Rue’s dream of an Antarctic snowboarding expedition became a reality, thanks to the sponsorship of The North Face and Swatch. In Xavier’s words, “Antarctica is the most powerful, beautiful, unexplored riding spot on the whole planet.” His motivation rooted in his quest for adventure, exploring new snowboarding lines, and wanting to share that beauty with the world.

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Yassar Ansari, founder of Project Noah, speaks with students about citizen science and exploration


The energetic and enthusiastic founder of Project Noah, Yasser Ansari, gave us some of his time for the MAF 579 course in Citizen and Participatory Science to discuss Project Noah, his inspiration for the app and platform, and where citizen exploration is headed in the future.  He is one of several guest speakers slated to speak to students this semester as part of this course.  The class is part of the core curriculum for students in the new Exploration Science program.