21st Century Adventurers

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As a child, Phil Buck devoured Kon Tiki, the story of the 1947 voyage of explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who sailed a balsa wood raft from South America to Polynesia.

Today at age 40, Buck considers himself a “professional explorer.” Last year he navigated a ship, made of reeds, some 3000 miles from Chile to Easter Island. With him was the filmmaker Thom Pollard. For more than two months they and the crew steered their ship through high winds and rough seas. They ran low on food and fuel but watched shooting stars so bright you could see their reflection in the ocean.


Phil Buck, professional explorer

Thom Pollard, filmmaker and adventurer