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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.



Andaman Encounters | Olaf’s Corner

Andaman Encounters | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver February 25, 2019 0

Kayaking the Seven Seas has given me plenty of fantastic wildlife encounters to marvel at, but what floated some hundred feet in front of my boat in the Indian Ocean on that hot afternoon

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Thank You, Palau | Olaf’s Corner

Thank You, Palau | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver February 18, 2019 0

With long flowing hair, a bronzed muscular body and dressed only in salty paddling shorts, my co-guide, Ron Leidich, lectured us with focused authority. The subject was wartime death and destruction in Pelileu, a

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Paddling the Beauty in the Dark | Olaf’s Corner

Paddling the Beauty in the Dark | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver February 15, 2019 0

The young Buddhist monk in a saffron-colored robe offered his blessings to me and my kayak. He wished us good luck on our journey through the big cave under the mountain. He then waved

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Children: Our True Hope in Conservation | Olaf’s Corner

Children: Our True Hope in Conservation | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver February 11, 2019 0

In these uncertain days of environmental onslaught of our planet’s wild places and species, I have a hard time looking into my own children’s eyes without some concern. I believe in my heart they

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A Lonely Grave on the Russian Frontier | Olaf’s Corner

A Lonely Grave on the Russian Frontier | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver October 22, 2018 0

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 wind

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Salty Asterix of the Antarctic Seas | Olaf’s Corner

Salty Asterix of the Antarctic Seas | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver June 14, 2018 0

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-foot

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Diesel—Dead Twice | Olaf’s Corner

Diesel—Dead Twice | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver May 14, 2018 0

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, causing

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My World Travel Companion, Fred | Olaf’s Corner

My World Travel Companion, Fred | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver May 3, 2018 0

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 sill

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