Interviews

In the fall of 2020, the Adventurers’ Club was forced to shut its doors for the first time in it’s 100 year history. Rather than let the COVID-19 Pandemic silence the stories of adventure, the club began broadcasting weekly interviews with local adventurers. These are those stories-

Sep 2020

Paddling Down the Mekong River in Cambodia with Leon Shoenfeld

New Year’s Eve in Phnom Penh; two childhood friends join up with a team of young explorers and scientists preparing to conduct an environmental survey of remote tributaries and villages along… Watch the interview here!



Lost Tales and Mysteries with Dave Finnern

Are there local caves secretly dug by a Nazi spy ring? Is there a shipwreck that helped create a city? Was a mysterious unknown submarine accidentally dredged from the depths… Watch the interview here!



Deep into the Amazon with Alec Shumate

In October of 2018, Alec Shumate and a team of researchers and documentarians traveled to the border of the Vale do Javari Indigenous Reserve in the heart of the Brazilian… Watch the interview here!



Aug 2020

Herding Reindeer with the Nenets with Matt Allison

Surrounded by darkness and deathly sub-Arctic temperatures of negative 50 degrees, Matt Allison and his friend were huddled together in a wooden sled while being dragged violently across the empty… Watch the interview here!



In Search of Beringia and Devil's Island with Pierre Odier

Pierre Odier travels off the beaten path to remote corners of our earth so he can document vanishing minorities, endangered cultures, traditions, and historical landmarks. Pierre is an explorer who… Watch the interview here!



Alaskan Dogsled Expeditions with Phoebe Piper

At 20 years old, with no prior experience, Phoebe Piper left home to join the circus. This merging of work and travel brought adventure down to an attainable level. With… Watch the interview here!



Jul 2020

Tomorrow's Air Museum with Robin Petgrave

Robin is a helicopter pilot, entrepreneur, and Jamaican native. He started Celebrity Helicopters out of Zamperini Field in Torrance to fly for stunt men and Hollywood celebrities. Robin donates most… Watch the interview here!



Flying the U-2 Spyplane with Rob "Skid" Rowe

In his distinguished career as a military and civilian test pilot, Rob Rowe has accrued almost 10,000 flight hours and flown over 90 types of aircraft including the legendary U-2… Watch the interview here!



Flying the Most Feared Warplane with Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson joined Northrop Grumman in January 2004 as Manager of Flight Test Engineering for the B-2 Program at Edwards Air Force Base.  He has served in follow on management… Watch the interview here!



From Fighter Pilot to Test Pilot with Col. Hank Reed

Colonel Hank Reed, USAF (ret), has lived a life dedicated to excellence in aviation. From his time in the Air Force to his work as a test pilot at Nellis… Watch the interview here!



Filming Legendary Locations with Eric Streit

Eric Streit spent time traveling the world in order to produce episodes and segments for the Travel Channel series, "Legendary Locations." He too the show to Niagara Falls, various cities… Watch the interview here!



Jun 2020

World's Most Traveled Person with Bill Altaffer

Bill Altaffer, Member #1095, is arguably the world's most traveled person. Many members of the Adventurers' Club are well-traveled, however, Bill ranks among the most traveled people in the entire… Watch the interview here!



Below the Surface with Andre Navarro

Andre Navarro, is a Freediver, Ocean Videographer and Adventurer. As a teenager, he lived for catching big waves body boarding at Huntington and Newport during the storm swells. In his… Watch the interview here!



A 3 Year Trek Around the World with Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a prolific traveler. Working a corporate job in Seoul, he resigned and embarked on an open-ended three year solo adventure around the world. Along the way he… Watch the interview here!



Expeditions and Advocacy with Jim Dorsey

Jim Dorsey is an explorer and award winning author who has spent two decades visiting some of the most remote tribal cultures on earth. His driving goal has always been… Watch the interview here!



May 2020

Summer Vacation in Northern Iraq and Pakistan with Marc Weitz

Northern Iraq and Pakistan aren’t people’s usually choice for summer vacation, but for Marc Weitz, their edgy reputation and chance for adventure hit the spot. Hearing about these places on… Watch the interview here!



Adventures of a Deep-Sea Explorer with Richard Slater

The club's newest member, Dr. Richard Slater, will take us through his career diving around the world. From his start diving Laguna Beach, Richard went on to dive the nuclear… Watch the interview here!



Being the Adventure with Mike Escamilla

Mike Escamilla spent the last 25 years as a pioneer in the sport of BMX cycling. He has traveled all over the world and has over 60 countries under his… Watch the interview here!



Chuck Jonkey's Exotic Worlds and Sonic Safaris

Chuck Jonkey, Member #1026, is an adventurer, composer, musician, and filmmaker who transforms his wild experiences into sound, music and film. Chuck’s exotic adventures have taken him to the furthest… Watch the interview here!



Apr 2020

Earthwalk 2019 and the We Are Mother Earth Initiative with Jenny Carrington

In 2019, Jenny took a walk- from Delaware to Los Angeles to raise awareness of the SpARK 4 Humanity Initiative, which will deploy 400 Spark Pods around the world, making a measurable difference on our carbon emissions and our mindset for solving other climate challenges.Watch the interview here!



Misadventures in the Ancient Himalayan Kingdoms with Kendall Hudson

Kendall Hudson, Member #1206, discusses his trek with his wife through the Himalayas. In 2007, Ken and his wife Gloria embarked on a three week journey through some of the… Watch the interview here!



Classic Adventure with Rob Quist

Rob's first real adventure he counts as his trip to Europe in 1964. When he was 21 years old he took a 9 month trek hitch-hiking through Canada, the US,… Watch the interview here!



Bryan Kresie- Bagging Local Peaks

Bryan Kresie, Member #1186, brings us his stories of summiting the tallest peaks in the region. Anyone with a penchant for mountain climbing should tune in to get some great… Watch the interview here!



Buying a Sailboat with Matt Nadu

Matt Nadu, Member 1204 talks about his decision to buy a sailboat in search of adventure. Just past the honeymoon phase with his nautical bride, Matt will take us through… Watch the interview here!



Mar 2020

Diving Southern California with Stew Deats

At twelve years Stew went to Avalon on the S.S. Catalina, otherwise known as the Big White Steamship. He was with a couple of kids from middle school, no parents,… Watch the interview here!



Inaugural Broadcast

Tonight a few members from the Club's leadership met to close down the club and setup a studio to conduct interviews. We found old lights up in the projection booth,… Watch the interview here!