Explorers Club to Award Caver Bill Steele the Citation of Merit

Bill Steele in Alaska

Bill Steele in Alaska. Photo by Aspen372/Wikimedia Commons

Legendary caver Bill Steele is to be honored at the upcoming 111th Explorers Club Annual Dinner this Saturday, March 21st in New York City.

The event, the world’s largest gathering of pioneers of exploration in space, in the oceans and on land, will be held at the American Museum of Natural History.

Appointed a fellow member of the exclusive club in 1979, Steele will now be presented with a Citation of Merit for his efforts exploring many of the longest and deepest caves in the USA, Mexico, and China.

Bill is currently co-leading an official National Speleoelogical Society project, dubbed Proyecto Espeleologico Sistema Huautla (PESH), to explore and study Mexico’s Sistema Huautla, which in 2013 became the deepest cave in the Western Hemisphere. The 2015 expedition begins next week and is expected to run for nearly six weeks.

Besides Steele, prominent astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson, British explorer David Hempleman-Adams, prominent mountaineer Mandip Singh Soin will also be presented awards during the evening which will feature specialty hors d’oeuvres prepared by famed “Bug Chef” David George Gordon, who will highlight sustainable eating practices.

For those that can’t be there, the entire event will be broadcast live on the Explorer’s Club website beginning at 6:00pm eastern time.

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  1. March 21, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Fellow cavers, before someone says it, I’ll go ahead and point out that the press release is hyped up. For instance, I have gone caving in China twice, both times with the Hong Meigui Cave Exploration Society, but I went as a grunt under legendary Erin Lynch’s leadership.

    That said, caving has taken me to some unexpected and interesting places. And I have really enjoyed being a member of The Explorers Club since 1979.

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