From The Vault: Footwear

National Geographic explorers travel the world in pursuit of knowledge and science. In 1963, National Geographic photographer and writer, Barry Bishop was on the first American expedition to summit Mount Everest. Footwear worn by these explorers have all been archived by National Geographic. Explorer-in-residence Michael Fay set off to explore a vast forest corridor stretching from the Oubangui River to the Atlantic. Fay wore these sandals along the 2,000 mile journey through undocumented forests. Today, his sandals remain on display. Wearing his sandals, Fay paved the way for the Gabonese government to create 13 nationals parks in Gabon. Earle has dived in all five of the world’s oceans and established marine protected areas to safeguard our oceans. Earle was also the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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