In the claustrophobic darkness of water-filled caves, International Scuba Diving Hall-of-Famer and renowned explorer Jill Heinerth has learned to master her fear. For more than 30 years, Heinerth has journeyed to the most remote corners of the planet. Whether being the first person to cave dive an Antarctic iceberg more than twenty years ago, or going farther inside an underwater cave system than any woman before her, Heinerth finds herself in situations where an error on the job could cost lives. But she also sees possibilities for the explorer’s mindset beyond the dark and remote caves where she has made a name for herself. In “Into the Darkness,” Heinerth will explore the great potential of courage and curiosity above ground.
In December 2021, four indigenous Macushi and Wapishana brothers and a British woman emerged from a 253-mile journey on foot through the jungle of Guyana’s Kanuku Mountains, one of the world’s last unexplored wildernesses. Their extraordinary feat shed light on the unfamiliar — not only within the stretch of Amazon they took 50 days to cross, but also within our cultural understanding of who gets to be an explorer. Join two of these expeditioners, Lucy Shepherd and Vivian Smith, as they share the story of their Amazon Uncharted Expedition and reimagine the modern explorer. In the process, they hope to shed light on the new faces of exploration, and the wild places contemporary explorers can help us better understand — and better protect.