Olaf’s Corner »
Olaf’s Corner is a column devoted to the stories and adventures of Nat Hab’s Chief Exploratory Officer, Olaf Malver. This column is Olaf’s “virtual voice”—a chance to hear firsthand accounts of adventures in the field, riveting personal stories from Olaf’s role as a head guide pushing the adventure frontier to the next level, and his perspectives as a deeply concerned conservationist. Through Olaf’s eyes, experience what it feels like to be a vitally alive human dealing with the raw emotion of adventure—fear, joy, exhilaration, self-doubt, gratitude…and the sheer pleasure of achieving wisdom through exploration.
Our small group of explorers stood quietly in a semicircle facing the crenelated black stone slab of an unassuming grave. The raised white Cyrillic letters read “Vitusi Beringi: 1681- 1741.” A slight offshore windRead More »
It was a dark and stormy night in the northern Antarctic Ocean… We were two days out of Port Stanley in the Falklands and the freezing wind ripped through the mast rigging. Our 65-footRead More »
It became impossible to keep the heavy sled straight on the newly frozen river. The 13 panting Greenland huskies in front of us repeatedly veered off to the side of the steep canyon, causingRead More »
There is an interesting photograph hanging in our hallway that reminds me of a very special traveling companion named Fred. The wooden-framed picture shows a little Buddhist boy crouched on a stone window sillRead More »
There is nothing more satisfying than when our travelers experience “that one magic animal encounter moment in the wild,” whether it is a few seconds of eye contact with the infinitely wise eyes ofRead More »
The Cordillera Andina is arguably the most impressive contiguous mountain range in the world, stretching 4,500 miles from the coastal plains of the Venezuelan Caribbean through Patagonia down to Cape Horn at the southernRead More »