South Slocan resident John Pollack will lead the public on a great adventure as part of the Café Langham’s Inspired Ideas Speaker Series this Thursday evening in Kaslo. Pictured: Laos River cave.

Go off the edge of the map with John Pollack at Cafe Langham

South Slocan resident Pollack will share his adventures this surveying some of the largest caves in the world with National Geographic

Café Langham’s Inspired Ideas Speaker Series in Kaslo will present its final talk of the year by South Slocan resident John Pollack this Thursday, November 27 at 7 p.m.

Pollack, of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, the National Speleological Society, and the Royal Geographical Society, has participated in scientific expeditions for more than 40 years.

He will take the audience on a visual, cultural and technological tour of recent projects in the Yukon, Laos, Borneo and Vietnam.

Pollack’s candid and humorous presentation will describe how “extreme surveying” has allowed him to participate in three National Geographic expeditions to document some of the largest caves in the world, map a Klondike Gold Rush era shipwreck in Lake Laberge, Yukon, and search for the lost Mongol invasion fleet along the coast of Vietnam.

Expect an evening of great photography, innovative science, mapping underwater at zero degrees Celsius, and kayaking an underground branch of the Mekong River.

Meet famous archaeologists and caver explorers, discover foreign cultures, and experience some of South East Asian delicacies that are best avoided like wasp whiskey.

And of course, there will be a small but significant dose of science.

Everyone is invited to the Langham’s last talk of the season.

The presentation, called “Off the Edge of the Map”, takes place this Thursday, November 27 at 7 p.m at the Langham Cultural Centre in Kaslo.

Photo: John Pollack on the AJ Goddard in Lake Laberge, Yukon in June 2010.