1 | My customized hard hat
I co-led an expedition to the Titanic in 1991. Everyone on board needed a hard hat, so I decided as long as I’m going to wear this bloody thing I might as well add some zip to it. I had three flags painted on it: Russian, American and Canadian, representing the three countries on
2 | My Norco
It’s old and heavy—the Model-T of mountain bikes. I cycle everywhere, so I need a bike that can take the punishment.
3 | My Red-Zone man purse
In the places I work, you have to be prepared for emergencies. This bag has everything I need in case disaster strikes: first-aid kit, Leatherman, water, stuff like that.
4 | My anchor
I inherited this chain link from the HMS Bounty from my first mentor at National Geographic, Edwin Link. It was given to him by Louis Marden, who discovered the wreck
5 | My indestructible Rolex
In 1968, I worked for the U.S. Navy’s Sealab III project, studying how deep under the ocean people could work. Rolex gave me a prototype Sea-Dweller diving watch. Five years ago I lent it to my friend, the astronaut Dave Williams, and it circled the earth with him. Otherwise, it has never left my wrist.
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I used this flag on my Arctic expeditions. I led 10 over a period of 13 years to learn how to dive safely under the polar ice pack. It was dangerous work. The flag also came on my latest expedition—the deepest solo dive ever—in the Western Pacific with James Cameron.
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