Explorer in Residence

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The Explorer in Residence (EiR) program incites CLC members to think big. Youth are awarded grants to lead expeditions to some amazing places on this globe.

EiR expeditions are bigger and more complex that CLC’s regular, scheduled expeditions. An EiR expedition demands extensive training, experience, planning and resources. In return for financial underwriting and organizational support, our Explorers in Residence extensively document and share their experiences with our CLC community. The “giving back” is ambassadorial in nature, and our entire community benefits from the exploits of our elite adventurers.

Every CLC youth is eligible to apply for EiR status, support and cash.

New Zealand

Five explorers flew from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Christ Church, New Zealand.

They met another explorer there and drove south to tramp through mountains, marshes and fields, dodging sheep.


In September, seven explorers loaded up their racks and ropes and drove to Yosemite National Park, California.

They camped in the valley, climbing the Grack and Harry Daley. They escaped the heat by climbing Catherdral Peak in Tuolumne Meadows.

Haida Gwaii

Three explorers drove from Seattle to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and took a ferry to Moresby Island, the southern main island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago

They rented a couple of kayaks and paddled off to explore the pristine waters and silent forests of Haida Gwaii.

Nahanni River

The first EiR trip of 2016 was in the remote Northwest Territories, Canada.

The team of ten drove from Seattle to Watson Lake. They shuttled people and gear in three flights in a float plan to Moose Ponds. The first few days involved more portage of rafts over beaver dams than rafting and the oars touched the river sides. After many days of rapids through the rock gardens, they portaged around Virginia Falls (photo by CLC'er Toby Dunkelberg). Having rafted 320 miles in 18 days, they left the water at Blackstone on the huge Laird River and drove home via Jasper, Alberta.


In 2015, we sent a team of six to the Mt. Everest Region of Tibet and Nepal. Explorer in Residence Harrison Laird was on a Mt. Everest summit team. Explorer in Residence Ian Bellows spent six months in Nepal and Tibet, trekking, climbing and conducting independent research in support of his UW International Studies degree program.

The whole team made it to Base Camp on the Tibet side. Ian, Harrison and KJ made it to Advanced Base Camp. Mark, Frances and Leo made it to Base Camp on the Nepal side.


In 2014 CLC supported it’s first EiR Expedition to climb Denali in Alaska. The team of seven went to 14,400 ft before being turned back due two storms that dumped 5 ft of snow per storm on the mountain.