Corvair 330/440 crash site outside Bishop, California – 2010

After coming up empty handed during the first Adventure Science search for Lt. Steeves’ Missing Jet in 2010, the team visited the Corvair 330/440 crash site outside of Bishop, California. 




Adventure Science’s 1st attempt at finding Lt. Steeves’ jet – 2010


In 2010 the Adventure Science team traveled to the Pallisade’s Glacier, just on the south-east side of the Dusy Basin. 
Theory was that it could have arc’d over and crashed into the glacier. The team looked at water studies and there were signatures of chemicals found in fuel – so theorized that it could have been possible for the jet to be locked in the ice based on that. They searched all over the glacier and surround area for a few days – found nothing. 

Introducing Adventure Science team member, Melissa Rae Stewart


Occupation: Publicist

Role: Public Relations

Melissa is a public relations strategist working in the endurance sports industry. Graduate of Western University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a Diploma in Professional Ethics of Politics, Law, and Economics, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Relations. Publicist/sports agent for various athletes, including: Simon Donato, Paul ‘Turbo’ Trebilcock, and Karen Thibodeau. Public relations coordinator for Stoked Oats, Adventure Science, UltraSportsLive.TV, et al.

Twitter @melraestewart

Introducing Adventure Science team member, Liz Lynn


Occupation: Photographer & Teacher

Role: Photographer

Athletics: Rock climber, Hiker, and Surfer

Other: Hawaii-based photographer, published writer, and former activities coordinator for a drug prevention initiative in Costa Rica to build self efficacy in youth through outdoor education.

Liz Barney is an energetic, innovative photographer with a vision to inspire others by sharing her passion for the beauty of the outdoors with the world. Raised in the heart of Michigan, Liz moved to Hawaii for a job as a teacher. It was there she discovered her love for the adventure and beauty found in towering mountain ridgelines and shimmering shorelines.  Enthralled by the experiences of climbing mountains, rock climbing, and surfing, this self-educated visual artist has committed herself to sharing the transformational power of life in the outdoors with others through photography. From living in a van in New Zealand, to running an outdoor education program for at-risk youth in Costa Rica, Liz pursues opportunities to travel, photograph, and give back to the people and communities that captivate her. She draws her inspiration from the surf, mountains, people, and places that play an integral role in her life. When she isn’t teaching or traveling, she can be found strolling the North Shore of Oahu, armed with her camera and a Chai tea… plotting to take over the world, one frame at a time.

Facebook: Liz Barney Photography
Twitter: @lizlynnphotos
Instagram: @liz_barney

Introducing Adventure Science Athlete, Wanda Summers


Occupation: Personal Trainer/Surf Shop Manager

Role: Athlete

Athletics: Ultra runner/Endurance runner, Multi-stage desert racer

Other: Paraglider pilot, Mine Explorers club/British Caving Association, London 2012 Olympics Personal Trainer.


Wanda Summers holds a Degree in Personal Training and FdSc Sociology and works as a Freelance Personal Trainer and manages Stones Reef Surf Shop in Cornwall, England.

Wanda is the occasional Personal Trainer for Westcountry Case Management who provides support for people who have had catastrophic accidents, complex physical and psychological injuries and trained with Pace Rehabilitation in Stockport who specialise in limb loss.

Selected to work as a Personal Trainer in the London 2012 Olympics and in the 2012 Paralympics, Portland, England.

In her spare time, Wanda Summers is an ultra runner and endurance athlete. She is also a paraglider pilot, member of Cornwall Mine Explorers Club, experienced with Single Rope Technique (SRT) kayaking and a small time adventurer (wanting to do big adventures).

Wanda ran in her first event TheMarathon Des Sables in 2008.

After a short break to recover from a serious paragliding accident which involved breaking her back in December 2008 in which she was told she may never walk again, proceeded to then run in The Gobi March in 2010, The Atacama Crossing in 2011 Racing the Planet’s Roving RaceJordan in 2012, winning her Age Category every time.

In 2013, ranked 30th in the Grand to Grand Ultra and early this year ran in The Ocean Floor Race (160 miles non stop). Wanda runs to help raise money for Shelterbox, ( a charity that provides shelter to those who have been afflicted by natural disasters..

Recently was invited as a guest ambassador to the first ever Wings For Life World Run in association with Redbull. Wings for Life ( is a research organisation seeking to find a cure for Spinal cord injuries.

Wanda still dreams of her childhood in Japan, spent growing up on the side of a mountain, going off on her own exploring for miles and miles, climbing trees with her cat, not attending a school and being ‘naively’ free.

Twitter: @PTwandasummers

Introducing Adventure Science athlete, Helene Dumais


Occupation: Personal Trainer, Health Coach, Massage Therapist.

Athletic: Elite Obstacle Course Racer and Trail Runner.

Other: Author, Polar Hero Race Ambassador, GR10 Pyrenees and GR20 Corsica treks.

Helene is many things, but especially: simple and real. Born 1980, 5’2’’, 120 lb., brown eyes and a big smile! As stated above, Elite trail runner, obstacle race athlete and nature lover. Certified Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer and Health Coach. Part-time philosopher, amateur anthropologist and wannabe prankster. My biggest passion: to express and promote the full individual human potential. World travels as a sommelier. 

200k Corsica trek
870k Pyrenees trek
Co-author Do You want to Look Good Naked?
58k Ultimate XC Quebec
50-miler North Face Endurance Challenge
50-miler Vermont
TransRockies Run 2011 Finisher
Spartan Race World Championship 2013 Elite Finisher

Introducing Adventure Science athlete, Winter Vinecki


Occupation:Founder of Team Winter, Student at Stanford University Online High School, Full Time Athlete with Fly Elite- Olympic Development Team Aerial Skiing

Athletics: Marathoner, National Triathlon Champion, 2018 Winter Olympic Hopeful Aerial Skiing, Elite Obstacle Course Racer

Other: Motivational Speaker, Blog Writer for Newton Running & Athleta, World Record Holder, “Youngest person to run a marathon on every continent” & “Youngest person to run 26.2 miles on Antarctica”, 2013 Female Winner of the “Toughest marathon in the World- The Inca Trail Marathon”, 2013 Spartan World Champion 19 & under, 2014 Jr. National Champion Aerials and 5th Place 2014 Jr. World Freestyle Championships.

Winter was born on December 18, 1998 in Grand Rapids Michigan.  She grew up in Gaylord Michigan and Salem, Oregon and now trains in Park City, Utah. After losing her Dad at the age of 9 to an aggressive form of prostate cancer, she formed, a non-profit to raise money for prostate cancer research & awareness.  She’s raised over $400,000 toward that effort and counting. Winter began racing Triathlons at the age of 5 and completed her first Olympic triathlons at 9!  She went on to become the national ironkids champ for 2010 & 2011 and finished her third year as the official ambassador of the sport. She was the 2011 recipient of the Annika Inspiration Award.  At that event she met Aerial’s Olympian Emily Cook who convinced her to try out for the Fly Elite Freestyle Aerials team in Park City.  After a week-long camp, Fly Elite decided to sponsor Winter as a 2018 Olympic hopeful in Aerials Freestyle.   This was a significant change in Winter and her family’s lives because joining this team requires Winter to live in Park City Utah with a host family for the foreseeable future.  Winter’s Mom and 3 brothers live in Oregon and they are able to visit as often as possible at races across the country and brief periods of downtime between training sessions. Winter, now 14 years old is planning to race in dozens of events throughout 2013, she’ll be focused on freestyle aerials throughout the Winter as well as completing her world record marathon attempt by the end of the year.  She recently set a new world record as the youngest person to ever complete a marathon on Antarctica. She’ll also be racing in multiple running triathlon including the Xterra series.

Introducing Adventure Science athlete, Jane Davis


Occupation: Community Health Educator; Coach for Girls on the Run

Athletics: Ultra Endurance Runner

BSEd in School and Community Health from the University of Idaho and a MEd from Central Washington University. Completed two years of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi Southeast Africa working in Maternal Child Health and six months of service as a Crisis Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa as an HIV/AIDS Trainer of trainers. Career has included working in the fields of mental health, family planning, substance use and abuse, and other health related subjects primarily focused on prevention. 

Jane has incorporated her love for the outdoors and running for over 20 years. In 2010 eight months after losing her husband to prostate cancer she ran her first Ultra stage race in Costa Rica as a way to find peace and healing. That was a turning point and the challenge of running ultras and being on the trails become a part of her lifestyle. Since that first race Jane has participated in ultras in Argentina, Canada, Kenya and the United States. Jane’s five year old daughter Jayna often accompanies her on her race travels and is her biggest cheerleader. In addition, Jane continues to run road races and is a Team Winter athlete as a way to raise funds and awareness regarding prostate cancer. Her love for the outdoors and the importance of maintaining our beautiful landscape for the generations that follow makes this project that much more intriguing. 

Introducing the Adventure Science team paramedic, Tyler Leblanc


Occupation: Registered Paramedic with the province of Alberta

Roles: Team Medic, Logistics

8 years of Ground Ambulance experience with the city of Medicine Hat and Southern Alberta
8 Years of Flight experience flying critical care flights with both Fixed wing aircraft and Rotary aircraft within Southern Alberta/BC and Saskatchewan
Been a Member of the Adventure Science team since maiden voyage in 2008
Member of Canada Task Force 2 Heavy Urban Search and Rescue as both a Medical Specialist and a Technical Search Specialist. 
Additional training in Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced Life Support, Remote Medicine for the advanced provider,
High and Low Angle Rescue, Water Rescue, H2S, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation, International Trauma Life Support.
Teach Para medicine at the Medicine Hat College.
On several committees with Alberta College of paramedics (governing and regulations body of EMS in Alberta)

Introducing Adventure Science team member, Keith Szlater


Occupation: Service Manager, R&D Team Lead

Role: Base camp manager, Logistics, Risk management, Safety guru (keep these “nut bars” alive)

-Calgary Search and Rescue
-Ground search and rescue
-Canada Task Force 2
-Heavy Urban search and rescue
-Alberta Cave Rescue
-Cave rescue
-Swift water rescue
-Rope Rescue level I
-Man Tracker level II
-Advanced navigation (map and compass)
-Wilderness First Aid
-Field Communications (VHF radios)
-Base camp setup