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Alexander “Olo” Doba (1946-2021)

On February 22, departed a great traveler and kayaker who sailed three times across The Atlantic rowing alone in a kayak. He was a volcano of energy. With his accomplishments borders of the impossible were shifted.
Olo died in Tanzania while conquering Africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro fulfilling another travel dream.
We extend our deep sympathy to Olek’s Family.

Friends from the Polish Chapter of the Explorers Club

Aleksander Doba was the Laureate of the Special Mention awarded to him in 2015 by the Jury of the Prize Benedykt the Pole – read more on:
https://leczyca.info.pl/kultura/nagroda-im-benedykta-polaka/

Professor Jerzy Gąssowski (1926 – 2021)

Professor Jerzy Gąssowski (1926 – 2021) during the Benedykt the Pole award ceremony in Arch Collegiate of Tum near Łęczyca,
June 9, 2017
(photo from https://leczyca.info.pl/kultura/)

With deep regret we inform that Professor Jerzy Gąssowski passed away on 1 st of February, 2021. He was an outstanding archaeologist who searched for and discovered the tomb of Nicolaus Copernicus in the Frombork Cathedral and laureate of the Benedict the Pole Award in 2017.

Funeral ceremonies will take place on February 11 at 11.00 A.M. (Holy Mass) in Warsaw at the Northern Cemetery – Wólka Węglowa (Funeral Home, room A).

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Chapter Connect – Poland

Join us tonight for another new episode of Chapter Connect, this time with our Poland Chapter! We’ll introduce you to Mariusz Ziółkowski FI’02, Chair of the Poland Chapter, in conversation with V.P. of Chapters Tim Radke MN’13.
Featuring special guests –
Monika Rogozińska MED’93 – How the Chapter was born
Marcin Jamkowski FI’05 – The deepest underwater cave – Hranicka Propast in Czech Republic
Tomasz Stachura FI’13 – Wreck of Karlsruhe in the Baltic Sea
Benedykt Hac FI’15 – Stuttgart: The most dangerous wreck in the south Baltic Sea
Hubert Kowalski FI’17 – Underwater rescue of artifacts from the Swedish occupation of Poland in the 17th century
Tomasz Grzywaczewski FI’14 – The Death Road across Siberia
Andrzej Ciszewski FI’99 – Cave Explorations in China
Mateusz Waligóra FI’20 – Solo unsupported Gobi desert crossing on foot and Vistula River walk
Maciej Klósak FI’19 – In Szolc-Rogiński’s footsteps in Cameroon
Anna Urbańska FI’14 & Jakub Urbański FI’14 – Cannibals of Papua New Guinea
Andrzej Piętowski FI’09 – First kayak expedition down the Colca Canyon, Peru

To watch the stream, simply visit our homepage at explorers.org, our YouTube channel, or live on our Facebook page – Thursday, January 21 at 3:00 pm ET (21:00 in Poland)


Mariusz Ziółkowski FI’02 – Poland Chapter Chair

Mariusz Ziółkowski FI’02 is a Professor of Archaeology of the Americas at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He is also the Director of the Center for Andean Studies of the University of Warsaw in Cusco, and Extraordinary Professor at the Universidad Católica Santa María de Arequipa, Peru.
Ziółkowski specializes in Inca archaeology and ethnohistory, absolute dating techniques, archaeoastronomy, and has taken part in archaeological work in Poland, Iraq, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. He was decorated with the Order of Merit, in the rank of Officer, by the Government of the Republic of Peru in 1998.
He is the author of several books, including – “Pachap unancha. The Metropolitan Calendar of the Inca State” (Ediciones El Lector, Arequipa 2015) & “Myths, rituals and politics of the Incas” (with Jan Szemiński – Ediciones El Lector, Arequipa 2018).

Poles on the Silk Road – Asia, Pacific 2016

In order to promote the knowledge about the history of exploration, Polish Chapter of the Explorers Club in cooperation with the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw and the Students Association for the Far East Archaeology organised an exhibition titled “Poles on the Silk Road”. Thanks to the financial support of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (project no.943/DUN/2016) the exhibition was shown to the wider public in the Museum of Asia and Pacific at Warsaw in October 2016.
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