Meet the XplorMor Team
Julia is an avid outdoorswoman, having traveled from the forests of Cuba to the ice-fields of Alaska to the mountain peaks of Korea to the impenetrable jungles of the Darien Gap in eastern Panama. Her photography has covered monuments, landscapes, Peoples, heritage sites, insects and wildlife from the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America to Europe, Russia and Asia. She prefers to photograph the uncommon, like mysterious 5000 year old petroglyphs and night-crawling insects, to the extreme environment, such as untouched tropical forests, rugged mountain ranges, ice caves and pristine desert lands. Follow Julia’s Xplorer Journal.
Julia is a member of the Our Place Team, an organization partnered with UNESCO to document cultural and natural locations around the world in order to promote preservation and create an archival record. The Team endeavors to capture the human dimension of a site as well as its important physical elements. The Our Place World Heritage Collection is considered the “the first official World Heritage Photographic databank” by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Bryan’s first voyage was at the age of 7 months when he traveled from the U.S.A. to Bermuda with his family. At 12, he again accompanied them on a 4×4 Land Rover “camping trip” (that today would be called an expedition) around Iceland’s circumference, exploring its glaciers, geysers, ocean cliffs, lava fields, raging rivers and waterfalls. Twenty-eight countries and their overseas territories later he has not stopped. Bryan has enjoyed a variety of environments from Iceland in the North to Patagonia in the South, and from the US Atlantic Coast through Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He says he is still working on getting to Australia, Africa and the Antarctic. Follow Bryan’s Xplorer Journal.
Meet XplorMor Contributors
Wythe’s career includes a decade as a whitewater raft and canoe guide, fifteen years as a chief financial officer, and his current stint teaching graduate school. Wythe has camped and explored Iceland, the Appalachian mountain chain from New Hampshire to Georgia, the American west including, the Big Bend country of Texas, the Grand Canyon, and the Chihuahuan, Sonoran, and Mojave deserts, he has hiked and photographed the Sierra Nevada and the Central Coast of California. Read Wythe’s Xplorer Journals.
Garrick: Environmentalist. Hiker. Writer.
Garrick was born in California to immigrant parents from Europe. He works through a government agency on environmental protection projects in Southern California, specializing in the removal of invasive species. His explorations have taken him from examining habitats on the Galápagos Islands off the coast of South America to the deserts of Joshua Tree National Park to the rugged mountain trails of Yosemite.
Robert was born and raised in southern California, U.S.A., and has been a Ojai Valley resident for 18 years and counting. He said “I have managed to live much longer than I ever thought I would. Never made my mark on the world, but it has made a few on me. I like to write but can’t spell. I am a beekeeper who is the son of a beekeeper who was the son of a beekeeper as well. I find it fun to travel when funds allow. I love people yet they make me crazy some of the time. But a world without love would only contain the things you can buy.” Read Robert’s Xplorer Journals from Southeast Asia.
Uzol was born in Nepal in the lap of the Great Himalayas, home to Earth’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmāthā and in Tibetan as Chomolungma. Since 2009, Uzol has been exploring and trekking the famed mountains of Nepal. He has hiked to Everest Base Camp more than 20 times, to Annapurna Base Camp more than 10 times, and to several other mountain base camps and world-class trekking routes. His highest elevation to date is 5,416 meters or 17,770 feet. Currently, Uzol works as a Trek Leader, Guide and Photographer for Wonderful Everest View Treks & Expedition Company based in Nepal. Read Uzol’s Xplorer Journals.