“It’s not the naïve who believe the unbelievable; it’s the naïve who think that they have understood everything.”
With these words, uttered first by my esteemed friend and colleague, Richard Steinwinkler, I would like to welcome you to the new online headquarters of the Adventure Club of Europe.
After much rigorous internal debate, the decision was reached that, for the Club’s 300th anniversary, a resource would be created for those outside the club eager to get a look into our traditionally closed archives. We do this because we strongly believe the world has a right to take part in the extraordinary and touching experiences of our members.
Contained within the pages of this site you will find some of our most interesting, exciting, and often controversial expedition reports from the last three centuries.
Some of the materials you will find, dear readers, may seem fantastical or unbelievable but I give you my word, they are all true. The entire Club stands behind each and every word contained within these (digital) walls now open to the public.
As the 21st President of the ACE, it fills me with great pride and humility to play my part in shaping the future of this extraordinary club.
To the next 100 years. There is still so much yet to be discovered.
“Innovation emerges in three stages. First people deny it, then they belittle it, finally they act as if they had known it all along. Let us be the innovators.”
Bartholomeus van Robbemond