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Follow the Expedition.

Digital Nomads Taylor Rees, Chris Burkard, Renan Ozturk and Eugene Kaspersky on a 14 days mission to create awareness for a remote, unprotected landscape.

There are not many spots left on earth that create genuine desire. Most places are well documented, researched and easily reached, even for non-adventurers. But then there are spots that are close to legendary. For Taylor Rees, Chris Burkard and Renan Ozturk, these are a few rock formations on the Kuril Islands. They dreamed for a long time to be the first people to stand on top of these rocks.

It's a region that is difficult to reach, geopolitically disputed, and not accessible without setting up a proper expedition. Their ultimate goal is a rock formation off Ushishir island. But they wouldn't do such an expedition for the purely hedonistic goal of being the first on a rock. "This is a unique opportunity to study a remote ocean ecosystem that is affected by both pollution and climate change, especially with impacts in region still poorly understood", says Rishi Sugla, an oceanography PhD-student joining the expedition.

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The Kuril Expedition: Why and how?

Appealing to protect one of the least explored regions on Earth

In April 2018, Felicity Aston, an accomplished explorer and adventurer, assembled a group of 11 European and Arabic women to march to the North Pole together. Besides the adventure, it was a march for peace and cross-cultural understanding and collaboration.

The project attracted the interest of software entrepreneur Eugene Kaspersky, who decided to finance the expedition as the main sponsor, having supported Felicity on a South Pole expedition in the past. Extreme photographer Renan Ozturk joined to capture some of the moments before the group left in stunning photography and through powerful storytelling. An adventurer, expedition climber and explorer himself, the idea of the project fascinated him.

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Ted Hesser

Photographer, Adventurer, Engineer

Ted is a freelance adventure photographer, focusing on rock climbing and alpinism. His work has been published by National Geographic Online, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice Magazine, The Alpinist Magazine, Escalando climbing magazine and various others.


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Taylor Rees

Environmental Adventurer

Taylor Rees is a documentary filmmaker, photojournalist, and avid adventurer. She is driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore and share stories beneath the surface to bring about greater understanding around natural resource conflicts, climate change, conservation, and human rights. She holds a Masters degree from Yale in environmental management and anthropology, giving her stories a rigorous scientific and social justice background. She has shot and directed doc films for clients including The North Face, National Geographic, and United Nations.


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Jeff Kerby

Ecologist and Photographer

Jeff Kerby is an ecologist and photographer. His work spans the Arctic to the mountains of East Africa, exploring species interactions in extreme environments. Currently a fellow at Dartmouth College's Neukom Institute and the Institute for Arctic Studies, he's spent the past decade studying Arctic landscape change in Siberia, northern Canada, and Greenland. He uses quantitative photography to track changes in plants, animals, and landscapes beyond the traditional perspectives and time frames of Arctic fieldwork.


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