Pete McBride Kicks off the Vital Impacts Student Speaker Series in Chautauqua, New York

Pete McBride Kicks off the Vital Impacts Student Speaker Series in Chautauqua, New York

Vital Impacts is excited to announce our first Student Speaker Series event hosted by Pete McBride, a renowned photographer, filmmaker, writer, and public speaker.

Pete McBride has traveled all over the world on assignment for the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Google, and The NatureConservancy, but what caught his attention after decades of exploration was right in his own backyard - the Colorado River. Four years and 1,500 river miles later, McBride produced an acclaimed book, three award-winning documentaries, and co-hosted a PBS TV program. 

This wasn’t Pete McBride’s first foray into fresh water exploration. He has also documented the entire length of India’s sacred Ganges River all 1500 miles from 18,000 feet high atop the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalaya to the Bay of Bengal. He has documented remote expeditions from Everest to Antarctic, and spent 58 days flying in a WWI open-cockpit biplane the entire length of Africa - to re-enact first African air passage.

Pete McBride will be speaking this Wednesday, August 9th at 5 p.m. at the Chautauqua Institute with Play CHQ: Exploring Grand Canyon: 750-miles. McBride will share the story of his epic Grand Canyon expedition where he and adventure writer Kevin Fedarko traversed the 750-mile expanse of the canyon on foot in 100 days - a feat that has been completed by fewer people than those who have stood on the surface of the moon. “Their expedition sheds light on the health and future of this national treasure and invites us to contemplate the value of wild spaces,” the Chautauqua Institute shared. 

Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre community on Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State. Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times. For more information on how to attend, please visit the Chautauqua Institution

Photos courtesy of Pete McBride.