S.C. Attorney helped lead Denali to Prince William Sound Expedition for NatGeo
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Environmental attorney and global expedition leader Tom Mullikin was in Alaska last Sept. as a “National Geographic Expert” for National Geographic’s Denali to Prince William Sound Expedition.
The expedition – covering hundreds of miles of some of the most remote albeit beautiful terrain on the planet – took place over the span of a week with daily stops for food and lodging wherein experts like Mullikin shed light on areas traveled.
Mullikin delivered three “expert talks” over the course of the expedition, entitled:
1) Introduction to Climate Change and Associate Challenges for Alaska and the Global Community: Alaska as the Canary in the Mine
2) Significance of Denali in the Broader Consideration of Global Climate Change
3) Prince William Sound – the Beauty and impact of Climate Change
Mullikin also contributed to three separate blogs throughout the expedition. In one entry, he wrote, “The weather today was exceptional; the best I’ve ever enjoyed in Alaska – barely a cloud in the blue sky and the temperature in the low 60s (Fahrenheit). We spent the day traveling into the Denali National Park. Along the way, we saw grizzly bears, caribou, moose, fox and eagles. The park was alive with the sun and clear-skies highlighting Denali, the highest summit in North America and looking regal in the distance.”
A portion of his final entry stated, “From the majestic heights of Denali to the cool waters and glacier-views of Prince William Sound, the National Geographic expedition was well-organized, thoroughly educational, and it offered truly phenomenal vistas of some of the most amazing landscape in the world. I will miss my new friends, our wonderful conversations and our experiences together.”
When he’s not leading expeditions or practicing law (a principal partner at the Mullikin Law Firm), Mullikin serves as a research professor in the doctoral program at Coastal Carolina University and a faculty member at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, the largest private university in South America. A former U.S. Army officer, he also today commands the all-volunteer S.C. State Guard headquartered in Columbia.
An article in CAROLINIAN magazine (Winter 2017), says, “[Mullikin has a] reputation as an extreme explorer.”
Extreme Indeed. Mullikin is presently on track to becoming the first human to have climbed the world’s seven great summits and logged SCUBA dives in all five oceans. He’s already logged the dives, including ice dives in the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans. And he’s achieved four of the seven great summits, including Mt. Elbrus (the highest in Europe), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest), Mt. Kosciuszko (Australia’s highest) and Mt. Aconcagua (South America’s highest).
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