Access Chile | An Adventure Science Series
Scientists have long led our explorations into the unknown. They are the ones pushing out into space, and spending long, lightless winters huddled in cramped shacks on the earth's poles. They climb mountains to test theories, and they dive to the bottom of the ocean to seek out new life.
There has been a huge disconnect between the scientific community and the rest of us, but it’s often not because they don’t try. It usually takes a science communicator like Carl Sagan, Bill Nye, or Neil Degrasse Tyson to simplify the data and explain it in a way that entertains us enough to listen.
Meet Eylene Pirez
physicist | mountaineer | adventurer | photographer
Growing up in communist Cuba, every bit of information that reached Eylene was warped and filtered to preserve the political agenda. When she left the island and came to America in 2001, she was awestruck by the opportunities afforded by her newfound freedom.
As a physicist, she dedicated herself to a decade of research working on particle accelerators and burning through countless nights in the lab. She was fueled by curiosity and a love of knowledge.
Upon completion of her graduate degree at UCLA in Accelerator Physics, she teamed up with ACCESS Collective to create a new approach to education that brings together the spirit of human exploration, science, and purposeful adventure.
For this next chapter, We will create an educational series in two of the most fragile ecosystems on Earth:
The Atacama Desert
Atacama, unflinchingly flat and fringed by the Andes, sits at 8,000 feet above sea level. With less than 1cm of rainfall last year, it is the world's driest desert.
Patagonia, a world of fjords and ice, is a stark contrast to Atacama. The glaciers in Patagonia are melting at non-glacial speeds.
Almost no place on Earth is tied to as many scientific questions as these two ecosystems. We invite you to join Eylene on this journey as we Access Chile.
about the series
Access Collective is supporting Eylene and building a platform that enables her mission to bring the adventure and science communities together in hopes that it may inspire the next generation of explorer/scientists. We will be producing a multi-episode series over the course of a three month journey in Chile’s most harsh and beautiful natural environments. Eylene will travel through Chile exploring the driest desert in the world, she will attempt to summit 3 peaks above 22,000 feet, including a solo ascent to Aconcagua, the tallest peak in the world outside of the Himalayas.