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TOPtoTOP Event Schedule: October, November, December 2016

October 27: Natural Resources Council of Maine event

6:30 – 8:30 pm, free and open to the public

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute

350 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101

October 28: 11 am – 12 noon:   Arrival Press Conference: Pachamama arrives at Portland Harbor pier

organized by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, on the Maine State Dock

November 1st: Gloucester Public Library lecture

  • presentation incl. Pachamama orchestra at 7:00pm

November 12: University of Massachusetts, Boston

  • 3:30-5 pm:  Kids-to-Kids event

November 13: Museum of Science hosts two presentations

  • 12:30 on the Gordon Current Science and Technology Center

adult focus) open to the public

  • 3:30 on Shapiro Science Live Stage (kid focus) open to the public

November 16: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) event 

6:30-8:30 pm

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) event, hosted by MIT Energy Club, with co-sponsorship of the Northeast Clean Energy Council and swissnex Boston

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Climate Challenges & Innovation Solutions with Dario as the lead-off speaker followed by a NECEC panel of clean energy CEOs talking about solutions, at the Stata Center, Room 32-123

(full audio visual capability, room can fit 300)

November 17: Museum of Science, at Cahners Theater

11:00 am

Dario keynote in front of approximately 300 high school students who are attending an MOS High School Science Series program.

November 17: Reception

5:00 -7:00 pm

Fundraising reception hosted by

Brown Advisory, 100 High St., 27th floor, Boston) with swissnex Boston (open to the public with advanced permission)

November 28 – December 2: Events at The Mystic Aquarium (some open to the public)

More Details Coming Soon

Global Climate Expedition

The TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition is the 1st expedition over the 7-Seas to the 7-Summits that will be achieved by human and nature’s power only. Our mission is to inspire children for a better future. Along the expedition we share examples of nature’s beauty and innovations for a green planet, in class rooms all over the world. Our key messages is “climate protection” and “enjoy nature through sport but also give something back to nature”. The expedition is a reference to demonstrate that great goals and progress can be achieved in balance with nature. Our vision is that TOPtoTOP becomes a lasting platform which inspires children for nature and sport globally.”

Climate Solutions

TOPtoTOP Climate Solution Award 2014 – The Participents from TOPtoTOP on Vimeo.

The TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition connects the various climate zones of each of the seven continents on earth. Climate observations from people along the expedition help us understand the impact of global warming. Also, scientific facts are explained in an easy to understand manner.

The expedition team visits selected climate protection and sustainability related projects to communicate these climate solutions to schools and to the media in public presentations and on the Internet. Our goal is to motivate people to Act Now.
If you have a good solution, Act Now and explain your solution to everybody.


Pachamama is an Inca word that means much more than “Mother Earth”. It suggests a lifestyle in harmony with nature.
Pachamama serves as a reference for the cruising world. Bernard Nivelt designed this 50 feet aluminium sloop especially for this extraordinary expedition. The design objective and concept of Pachamama was to develop a vessel that can operate sustainably and fully autonomously (renewable energies) with maximum safety in the toughest marine environments. With Pachamama, we set new limits and give another example that great goals can be achieved in harmony with nature. Several world-leading companies around the globe are participating to outfit Pachamama with state of the art technologies and products.

Pachamama data:

  • Name: Pachamama
  • Radio call sign: HBY3769
  • Model: Saranaia 50 from CN Locmeral in France, build in 2000
  • Material: Aluminium
  • Length of hull: 15.15 m
  • Breadth: 4.57 m
  • Draught: 2.37 m
  • Displacement: 13’000 kg
  • Sails: main (68.5 m2), genoa (85 m2), gib (39.5 m2)
  • Mast: 19.65 m
  • Good accommodation for 8 people in 4 double cabins
    with 3 toilets and showers
  • Speed record: 12 kn

Read More About the Pacahamama HERE

We made it to Badwater Basin and Death Valley Schools


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We did it!! TOPtoTOP Global Climate expedition made it from the highest point on the North American continent, Mount Denali, to the lowest – Badwater Basin, Death Valley, all under natures force and human power.
On Monday 17th Novemeber we had a early start to visit the handful of elementary school children who live and study in Furnace Creek. Although a very small class, it was great to visit and spend time with the young students, hearing how they adapt their lives to the intense summer heat they experience. Thank you for having us!
We also passed the impressive solar energy complex at furnace creek, which we were informed provides the area with around 30% of their energy needs – a really good starting place to build upon!
We then cycled the final 17 miles to Badwater Basin, our end goal on the cycle – a very momentous day. Celebrating the ‘finish line’ with Lindt chocolate and BBQ crisps – a real treat!!
The cycle alone has brought us over 1,300km on bike, climbing a total 35,400 feet (thats 1.2 x the height of everest!!!) taking us through all climate zones. Along the way we have met so many kind and generous people – thank you all again for your support in getting us here!
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With the elevation level so low, the ground was hard and very salty, producing a white blank canvas. Dario pointed out that although very different climates, the peak of Denali and the pit of Badwater did have quite a few similarities; both were white, barren and subject to the extreme of the continents climate.
We then cycled on to a spot a the edge of the valley – leaving the two passes we needed to climb to get out of the valley until the next day. We were greeted with the most impressive sunrise over our little camp, which was a good wake up call before climbing the Jubilee and then Salsbury pass out of death valley, before heading down into Shoshone, where we had two talks at the Death Valley high school in the afternoon.
We are now camped in Tecopa and will be heading eastward into Nevada and on to Las Vegas, visiting schools there before the long Thanksgiving weekend. The next month or so, will then be spent cycling from school to school in Nevada and Southern California. If you know anyone in the Las Vegas or surrounding areas, or if you yourself are based there – please do get in touch! It’s always great to meet people along the way!
To download our latest press here – en_2014-11-19_press-release-toptotop-small.pdf
More photos to be found on dropbox when higher internet speeds allow too.