Richard Wiese

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Richard Wiese is a world-class explorer. He is the author of a detailed guidebook titled Born to Explore. Wiese is the host of the ABC television program Born to Explore, which was scheduled to debut September 3, 2011.

Wiese is an Emmy-winning host and producer and was also the youngest man to become president of the Explorers Club. As an extreme adventurer, his goal is to inspire young people and spark their interest for discovery and the love of outdoors. [1]


Early years

Richard Wiese was born to Rick and Maries Wiese in Long Island, New York. His father, Richard Wiese, Sr., was the first man to pilot solo around the Pacific Ocean. Richard grew up traveling and exploring with his father. The first substantial adventure Richard was involved with was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at the age of 11.[2][3] Wiese has since then led many other explorations and projects. While attending St. Anthony's High School (New York) in Smithtown, New York, as a decathlete he broke the Long Island record for the javelin. He spent many of his college years modeling for Ford. Wiese attended Brown University and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Biology.[4] While attending Brown, Wiese was the big brother of John Kennedy Jr. in their fraternity Phi Psi. He also studied Applied Physiology at Columbia University and completed the USDA[clarification needed] Graduate Program in Meteorology.[1]

Personal life

In 2007, Wiese married his wife, Nicci. Richard and Nicci live in Weston, Connecticut. They are the parents of three young children, a girl and twin boys. Other than participating in adventures and journeys, Richard also likes taking digital photography courses, world politics seminars, and global cooking lessons.

Expeditions and projects

Wiese has traveled to all seven continents and has participated in several expeditions and projects.[1] In early 2002, he became the youngest president in The Explorers Club's hundred-year history.[5] During his presidency, he has worked in the Yucatán jungle of Mexico putting satellite collars on jaguars. He also climbed and sampled the most geologically unique volcano in the world, Tanzania's Ol Doinyo Lengai (which means "mountain of god" in the language of the local Maasai tribe) and participated in two expeditions to Antarctica to core glaciers for the purpose of climatological studies. He was also a member of the 2004 Yeronisos Island Expedition in Cyprus and led an expedition to bio-prospect for extremophiles and new life forms in Mount Kilimanjaro's crater, resulting in the discovery of 29 new life-forms.[1]

Other expeditions Wiese has participated in include an expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro to place the first ever weather station on its slopes and[citation needed] an expedition to the Northern Territory of Australia to look for basis of the Aboriginal myth of the Rainbow Serpent. He was team member of the largest medical expedition ever conducted on Mt. Everest, achieved the first ascent of an unclimbed mountain in Alaska, discovered 29 new life-forms on Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, and cross-country skied to the North Pole.[4]

In the media

In 1982, Wiese appeared in a brief love scene with Brooke Shields in the film Endless Love. In 1986, Wiese played the role of ‘Chris’ in the film Club Paradise.

In 2003 People magazine named Richard one of the 25 hottest bachelors of the year. In July 2004 Esquire named Richard one of their “10 Tough Bastards” in their special survival. In Men’s Journal in 2006 called Richards Kilimanjaro expeditions one of their “Adventures of a lifetime.” Also in 2006 Picture of the Week featured Richard working in a high altitude chamber while he was president of the Explorers Club.

Some print media that Wiese has appeared in is: The New York Times, The New Yorker, Life magazine, Travel and Leisure, Wine Spectator, The New York Sun, Business Week, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Newsday, Esquire, Men’s Journal, and People.[citation needed]

Wiese has also made appearances on television. Some of the networks he has appeared on include: CBS Late Night with Craig Ferguson, WB, Fox, CBS Morning Show, ABC, MSNBC, and WB 11 Morning Show.[6]

Wiese has also appeared on several episodes of Saturday Night Live.

Wiese is hosting an exploration show called Born To Explore, which is based on his book, Born To Explore. Born To Explore is being filmed in a variety of countries and focuses primarily on the animal life but also gives a glimpse into the life of the people and their culture as well. Wiese has also hosted a TV show called Exploration with Richard Wiese that has been broadcast internationally. He also filmed a TV series called Hell on Earth[7]

Born to Explore was a book authored by Wiese and was released on May 12, 2009.[7]

Awards and recognition


  1. ^ a b c d e "Richard Wiese - Biography". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-06-13.
  2. ^ Wiese, Richard. ":: Richard Wiese :: Explorer Author of new book Born to Explore :: Naturalist TV Adventurer Outdoorsman::". Retrieved 2009-06-13.
  3. ^ V. Cole, Jennifer (June 2004). "Fast Talk: Richard Wiese". Retrieved 2009-06-13.
  4. ^ a b c d "About Richard Wiese". Retrieved 2009-06-13.
  5. ^ Wiese, Richard. ":: Richard Wiese :: Explorer Author of new book Born to Explore :: Naturalist TV Adventurer Outdoorsman::". Retrieved 2009-06-13.
  6. ^ newsweather/press.php "Richard Wiese in the News". http://www.newsweather/press.php newsweather/press.php. Retrieved 2009-06-13.
  7. ^ a b c d . Wiese, Richard. ":: Richard Wiese :: Explorer Author of new book Born to Explore :: Naturalist TV Adventurer Outdoorsman::". Retrieved 2009-06-13.

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