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Project Avenger – archeology meets Virtual Reality

An archaeological expedition that successfully located and identified the wreckage of a US Navy Avenger airplane in the Hong Kong jungle. The plane was part of a bombing raid on Hong Kong called Operation Gratitude, which took place on January 16, 1945. The expedition used advanced technology such as LIDAR, 3D photogrammetry and cloud computing to map and analyze the crash sites and create virtual models that allowed international experts to collaborate remotely.

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Drones & Dinosaurs – Chapman Andrews Centennial Expedition

Retracing the footsteps of legendary explorer Roy Chapman Andrews, the real life “Indiana Jones”, in the Gobi desert, the expedition used the latest imaging technology and UAVs to successfully discover hundreds of new fossil sites as well as at least three new species of dinosaur.

The expedition under the leadership of the Hong Kong chapter of the Explorers Club  was awarded the 2019 Citation of Merit award.

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Round the Island Expedition – Mapping Coastal Pollution

For six continuous days Paul and his wife Esther climbed the entire coastline of Hong Kong island and along the way mapped its coastal pollution and analysed the water quality.

Their journey was captured in the short film The Loop

Their shocking discoveries of hidden pollution led to the foundation of the Adventure Clean Up Challenge, the world’s first adventure sports competition with an environmental purpose.

Education Explorers – Traversing India by Tuk-Tuk

Five people, two motor rickshaws, 3000+km of (very poor) Indian roads!

For three weeks, Paul and an international crew of explorers drove these upgraded lawnmawers from the south of India to the northern border with Pakistan.

Along the way they raised awareness on the issue of school education for girls India in partnership with NGO Educate Girls.

The  adventure was captured in the award winning documentary Education Explorers. Watch the film here

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Unclimbed Mountains in Tibet

In 2014 and 2015 Paul led two international expeditions to a remote part of Sichuan Province, China.

The expeditions culminated the first ascent of Dechok Phodrang, a 5632m high peak in the Gangga Massif in Eastern Tibet.

The adventure was featured in the documentary Tibetan Dreams, which was selected for screening at the Mountainfilm International Film Festival Graz 2016, Kathmandu International Film Festival and other film festivals across the world.

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Everest and Lhotse 2013 – The Roof of the World

In May 2013 Paul successfully climbed the summit of both Mount Everest (8850m) and of Lhotse (8510m) the world’s highest and fourth highest mountains respectively.

He reached both peaks within 24 hours, becoming the first Austrian and ninth person ever to do so.

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Project Seven Summits

Between 2005 and 2014, Paul climbed the summits of the highest peaks on all seven continents – known as the “Seven Summits”.

He also successfully climbed the top of Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia in 2014.

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