Robin Esrock and Ian MacKenzie sit down for some conversation at the Explorers Club.

To investigate, study or analyze
To travel for adventure or discovery

FOR OVER A CENTURY, the Explorers Club has been sponsoring epic missions around the planet, in diligent pursuit of both definitions above. Its 3,000 members are scattered across 60 countries, experts in a wide range of scientific disciplines.

Photo: John Huddart

Since its inception in 1904, the not-for-profit society has been committed to field research and scientific knowledge, and preserving our “the instinct to explore.” Its achievements are astonishing: from Edmund Hillary’s summitting of Everest to Jane Goodall’s work with chimpanzees, Thor Heyerdahl’s marine raft journeys to the historic feats of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

More recently, James Cameron broke records exploring the ocean depths, Dr. Susan Shaw has done vital work in the field of marine toxicology, and palaeontologist Dr. Philip Currie has advanced our theories about dinosaurs.

We sat down with several esteemed Explorers Club members at their famous clubhouse in New York and asked them about the concept of exploration, and how it applies to a new generation, searching for discovery in the age of GPS.

Their answers are both enlightening and inspiring.

Don’t miss: Robin Esrock goes behind the scenes at the Explorers Club dinner.