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Wrapping Up: The 2014 New York Travel Festival

Jeffrey Donenfeld Events, Marketing, Press, Travel and Adventure 2 Comments

This past weekend, April 26th and 27th, I attended and spoke at the annual NY Travel Festival. The weekend was a productive and interesting look at the state of the Travel, Adventure, and Travel Media industry, and featured informative sessions from industry leaders including the Travel 2.0 group, G Adventures, Matador Network, and AFAR Media, among many others. A few wrapups and followups from the festival: I appeared at the event as the resident expert on Antarctic Adventure and Expedition Travel, leading two sessions of one-on-one consulting, as well as doing featured talk on my experience living and working in Antarctica, and how future adventure travelers can make their own way to the frozen continent. If you missed my talk, you can read my entire account of Antarctica at http://JeffreyDonenfeld.com/Antarctica. Continue reading about my complete Travelogue. Exploring Earth’s Most Extreme Continent – Antarctica. During the ’12-’13 Austral Summer, Jeffrey Donenfeld deployed with the United States Antarctic Program to live and work at the most remote outpost of humanity, in the middle of the highest, coldest, windiest, and driest desert in the world – at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, South Pole, Antarctica. Live on the station was extreme in every sense – extreme weather conditions, extremely cold, extreme science, and extremely fun. Join Jeffrey as he shares critically acclaimed photographs and first-person video clips shot while on station, as well as hear how YOU can make your own journey to explore the earth’s southernmost continent. (Video, thank you very much Meg for the action shot and video! Previously, I spoke for an hour about Antarctica at Percolate Inspire) I was lucky to meet a number of great people to discuss innovative new products and services within the industry. A few standouts: Newleyweds Mike and Anne of HoneyTrek spoke on Extended …

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I’ll Be Appearing At The New York Travel Festival, Speaking About Adventure Travel in Antarctica

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This year, the New York Travel Festival is taking place April 26-27, 2014 in New York City. I've been selected by the organizers to act as the resident expert on Antarctica.  Read my bio on the NY Travel Festival website.  The New York Travel Festival aims to reinvent the consumer travel show for tech-savvy, immersive travelers. We go beyond booths and brochures to provide interactive experiences to people who see travel as a means of experience, not just escape. NY Trav Fest brings together a unique blend of consumers, media and industry to mingle and discuss the future of travel together. Here's what I'll be up to during the event: Pre-show: Travel Babel Intro Video Saturday, April 26 Expert's Corner - Meeting with general public andanswering questions about Adventure Travel in Antarctica. BOOK MY TIME FOR THIS SESSION Sunday, April 27 Antarctica Trivia Round, 12-1pm ADD TO CALENDAR Antarctica Talk and Slideshow, 3-4pm:  "Surviving the world’s highest, coldest, windiest and driest desert — Antarctica" ADD TO CALENDAR Exploring Earth's Most Extreme Continent - Antarctica. During the '12-'13 Austral Summer, Jeffrey Donenfeld deployed with the United States Antarctic Program to live and work at the most remote outpost of humanity, in the middle of the highest, coldest, windiest, and driest desert in the world - at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, South Pole, Antarctica. Live on the station was extreme in every sense - extreme weather conditions, extremely cold, extreme science, and extremely fun. Join Jeffrey as he shares critically acclaimed photographs and first-person video clips shot while on station, as well as hear how YOU can make your own journey to explore the earth's southernmost continent. NY Travel Festival Full Official Schedule (Bio on Sched) Get your tickets now and come see me in April - use these promo codes: Code 'JEFFZILLA' $30 ...

Learning About Space Suit Design With Astronaut Joseph Tanner

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This past week, my brother Jason and I were fortunate enough to be allowed to sit in on a guest lecture at the University of Colorado Engineering Center by NASA Astronaut Joe Tanner. Joe spoke to us about the ins and outs of spacesuit design, and shared a bunch of his personal stories. A pic or two, as well as my brief notes: Space Habitat Design  – ASEN 5158 Notes Main challenges of EMU – refurbishment of the suit after every flight. Now on ISS, suits left on station for a long time – like 6 months. modular components EMU – on extended EVA’s, it’s necessary to resupply suit halfway through – takes 5 minutes minutes to refil o2. Limiting consumable on EMU is the co2 scrubbing system After Ed White’s gemini EVA, training focus was switched to underwater training Apollo EVAs Umbilical based to pick up film from outside of module no cooling system Backpack – SOP – Secondary o2 pack Apollo Lunar walk SOP Very high center of gravity because of high location of SOP STS SAFER – cold gas jet mechanism for navigating in space. Suited Environments Launch, Entry and Abort – must be able to operate flight controls, as well as emergency depress/egress Orbital – shirts and shorts, unless on TV, then nasa wants the astronauts to wear long pants. Lunar/Mars – main concern is the dust – will eat the suit alive! NEO’s – Biggest problem is body stabilization Suit Functional Requirements Environmental control and live support parameters Maintain Pressure Remove co2 Provide o2 thermal control humidity control trace contaminant control mmod/radiation protection food/water water is space suit is tube with actual bite valve from Camelbak waste mobility/dexterity ORLAN Russian Spacesuit In use for 40+ years, still in use today. Pressurized at 5.7 psi suit, which …

Curiosity Rover Successfully Lands On Mars!!

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Congratulations to the NASA/JPL-Caltech crew for successfully landing the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity Rover on Mars! Here are the first images taken by Curiosity on the red planet.. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden’s statement: NASA is back on Mars – and getting ready for the next mission to the Red Planet! After an astounding 154 million mile journey and a harrowing landing that demonstrated cutting-edge technology, Curiosity, the largest rover ever sent to another planet, is in place and ready to work. This robotic laboratory will seek answers to one of humanity’s oldest questions as it investigates whether conditions have favored development of microbial life on the Red Planet. The mission is a critical planetary science mission — and a precursor to sending humans to the Red Planet in the 2030’s, a goal set forth by President Obama. It’s another great leadership moment for our nation and a sign of the continued strength of NASA’s many programs in science, aeronautics and human spaceflight. It’s also important to remember that the $2.5 billion investment made in this project was not spent on Mars, but right here on Earth, supporting more than 7,000 jobs in at least 31 states. With the retirement of the Shuttle program after its final flight in July 2011, some have suggested that NASA’s leadership in the exploration of space, including our extraordinary successes on Mars, was coming to an end. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Curiosity mission is only the latest in a long list of extraordinary NASA missions that established the United States as the undisputed world leader, and it will help guarantee that remains the case for many years to come. When our Orion deep space crew vehicle takes its first test flight in 2014, it will travel farther into space than any …

Notes from LeWeb Conference, London

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Today I virtually attended a couple of talks of the LeWeb conference in London. A few brief notes: Jason Goldberg, Founder & CEO & Bradford Shane Shellhammer, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Fab & Michael Arrington, General Partner, CrunchFund Best selling item on Fab.com? A vibrator. They’ve sold “tens of thousands” of them, especially the colorful ones. “Never thought we’d be an art or jewelry store” What was the pivot you had to take from transitioning from a social network to your current state? It took a while to make the decision, but once we made the decision we turned off the website immediately. On day one of switching to commerce model, sold a ton. Fab UK launching today, with help from Lustre team Martin Varsavsky, Founder & CEO, Fon “I don’t think that entrepreneurs need to work very hard. Here’s why.” How do I run Fon, and also take a 12 week vacation and work only in the morning? This is how: Don’t watch television – only watch short things that keep your attention. Into practicing sports, but not really into watching sports. If you’re not watching sports and you’re a guy, it’s like having your life free Write a lot, don’t read a lot. Read just a little, and write more. Fly your own plane and have a drive – save lots of time by having a driver. Elitist, but it helps maximize your time. Having a plane also helps even more. [ed – haha, douchebag.] Almost never speak on the phone. Only talk on the phone to people you love, but rarely to get something out of somebody. Use apps and email to get stuff out of people. Phone sucks because it’s the last person you WANT to contact you is the first person who CAN contact you. Don’t drink. Don’t do business meals. …

Biking the 110 Mile Gran Fondo NY

Jeffrey Donenfeld Biking, Events, Sports, Travel and Adventure 3 Comments

Last sunday was the Gran Fondo NY, a 110 mile bike ride through NJ and NY, done in the classic Italian Style. My friend Chris came up from DC for the ride, and we met up with a group of friends. I did the ride on my new Cannondale SuperSix bike, which I love. A bit on the Gran Fondo: Gran Fondo New York brings Italian cycling culture to the world’s greatest city on May 19, 2013. Join thousands of cyclists on a challenging 110-mile Gran Fondo New York course from New York City to Bear Mountain and back in an experience fit for a pro and open to anyone who loves to ride. The Couse: Gran Fondo New York starts with a bang on the world’s most travelled bridge, George Washington Bridge, exclusively closed for you. Enjoy magnificent views of Manhattan during this once in a lifetime car free stint. Following Hudson upstream on rural roads and through scenic towns, riders will compete against each other and themselves on a timed climbs which will count towards the King and Queen of Mountain competition. The featured climb of the event and Cima Coppi (highest point of the ride) is the nearly four mile climb up to Bear Mountain in Harriman State Park. After descending, the course will wind its way back, hitting two more timed climbs before finishing in Weehawken with stunning NYC views. The total ride distance is 110miles/177k and the elevation gain is 8,500ft/2,800m. A few pics and videos from the ride: Subway in the morning – packed with bikes. On the starting line Rolling north Top of Bear Mountain! Finished!

Running the 2012 Brooklyn Half Marathon

Jeffrey Donenfeld Events, Running, Travel and Adventure 1 Comment

On Saturday I went with my team from Fueled to run the NYRR Brooklyn Half Marathon. This was my 2nd time officially running the race. Last time I ran it, we started on the boardwalk at Coney Island and ran to Prospect Park. This time it was reversed, and at the finish we got a spectacular view out to the ocean. Overall I was satisfied with my time – did a PR time of 1:34:42, and it felt great. My GPS Track: Fueled Team! Time on my Garmin Forerunner 310XT Finished! Walking out to the beach Big lunch after the run..