Getting you to the top of your mountain
Rick Deutsch has explored every inhabited continent and visited five of the seven Wonders of the World. Learn
plan your own trip now. Get to the top of your mountain!
Yosemite: A park for all seasons
Marvel at the high waterfalls, massive sequoias, glacial carved cliffs and trails to majestic views. Learn about the
history, geology and good times that can be had. Yosemite is an all-season park; it even has its own ski resort!
Rick Deutsch shares insights gained from over 30 years of park enjoyment. If you are a day hiker, a backpacker,
winter sports advocate or just a lover of nature, this presentation leaves you anxious to plan your own experience.
Half Dome: A Historical Perspective
Since 1875, humans have been able to reach the top of Yosemite National Park's iconic landmark. Learn about
Scottish immigrant George Anderson's 1875 rope ascent, its replacement in 1883 by A. Phimister Proctor and
Alden Sampson and Hall MacAllister's Cable system in 1919. The first climbers up the face did it in 1957. 40,000
reach the top now. Participate in a discussion of the safety, accidents and current thought about the rock's future.
Galapagos: Garden of Eden?
Enjoy an exciting time viewing the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Located 600 miles off of Ecuador this is the
home to many unique and wonderful creatures: Giant Tortoises, Flamingos, Blue Footed Boobies and even
penguins. Charles Darwin made these 12 islands the source of his work on evolution.
Machu Picchu: The Inca Empire
The arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors in Peru led to the mass extermination of the Incas. Machu Picchu,
located deep in the jungle, was never seen by the Spaniards and lay undiscovered until 1911. Adventure traveler,
Rick Deutsch, shares his adventure as he hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Learn about this fascinating
culture and all you need to know to plan a trip.
Egypt’s Pyramids: Land of the Pharaohs
The Egyptian civilization flourished for 3,000 years. Of over 125 known pyramids and royal tombs, only King Tut’s
has been found intact and full of treasure. Come along with Rick as he shows you what to see on your once-in-a-
lifetime trip. Color slides and informative narrative entertain you and show you where to spend your limited time.
The Great Wall of China - An engineering and social marvel
3,000 years in the making, traversing 4,000 rugged miles, it is one of the greatest engineering accomplishments
of mankind. It is the symbol of China’s history, power and perseverance. Qin Shihuang, the founder of China (of
Terra Cotta soldier fame) built a massive barrier to keep the Mongols out in 200 BCE. Then the Ming Dynasty built
it even better and longer in the 15th Century. Learn why and how this project - more difficult than the pyramids -
was done. “You are not a man of courage if you do not climb the Great Wall.”
Hiking Mt. Fuji - The Nippon rite of passage
At 12,000 feet, Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone is the near-mythical symbol of Japan. The summit has
been thought of as sacred and is a must-do hike. Learn about the legends and lore of Japan and plan your trip up
to the top. “Everyone should climb Mount Fuji once; only a fool would climb it twice”.
Costa Rica - The enchanted land
With active volcanoes, rain forests, white sand beaches and the most diverse flora and fauna, Costa Rica is as
close to ancient earth as we can get. Learn why it has become the #1 adventure vacation destination. Zip lines,
canopy walks and waterfall rappels are just a sample of the diverse activities available.
The Panama Canal: Men Move Mountains
25,000 men died building of this essential link between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Learn why the French
tried and failed. It took Teddy Roosevelt’s resolve and inspiration to construct this engineering marvel. The history
and future of the Panama Canal will be presented. This talk is a great primer for those planning a trip, for
travelers to relive their passage and those who want to learn more. Since first sighted by Balboa in 1513, it was a
dream to carve out this 47 mile long ditch And we’re digging again with new locks to be opened in 2014 on the
centennial of the original canal.
Alaska’s History - Color it gold
The Beringa Migration over the Siberian land bridge provided the superhighway for Asians to come to North
America. Centuries later, the Danes and Russians arrived. Finally, Seward’s folly proved to be one of the
shrewdest deals in history. Learn how this vast land became one of our great national treasures.
The Iditarod: The Last Great Race on Earth
The great 1927 Serum run to Nome brought a diphtheria cure to the north. Now this tribute race of 1,000 miles
pits men, women and dogs against the elements with sheer desire. Learn how this race turned Alaska into the
place: “Where men are men . . . and women win the Iditarod.”
The Wildlife of Alaska - Big and bold
The land, sea and skies of Alaska are home to one of the most diverse fauna ecosystems on the planet. Birds,
bears and whales all striving to survive in the disappearing wilderness. The last frontier continues to draw those
seeking solitude and a chance to see nature as it has been for millennia.
Alaska: Coping with the Cold
One third of Alaska is above the Arctic Circle. How do they cope with Seasonal Induced Depression and cabin
fever? Learn how they do it from dog sledding to Skijoring to the Running of the Reindeer. These resourceful
northerners love it! See how they keep their sanity.
Exercise with Scenery: Scuba Diving
The beauty and the peace of the deep are calling. This primer provides a great overview of the sport, with images
to get you motivated to get certified. We know more about the moon than we do about the oceans; see what
awaits you just below the surface.
Exercise with Scenery: Hiking
From a stroll around the block to hiking the Wonders of the World; one step at a time. Hiking is just walking with
scenery! Walking is one of the best exercises we can do without stressing our joints. Hiking can be a great
exercise, but we need to learn about proper shoes, treatment of drinking water, use of trekking poles and Leave
No Trace hiking.
Exercise with Scenery: Bicycling
We all know how but things have changed since we were kids! Come and learn how to pedal your way to a
healthier lifestyle. Advances in design, shoes, peddle clips and technique all make this a superb fitness activity. A
lot has changed since we rode our 30-pound Schwinns. Get an update on this growing sport and alternate form of
Nordic Walking: Fitness is only a step away
Walking with poles is the rage in Europe. Groups are seen en-mass rounding city parks with their poles. Learn
how this fitness activity can burn up to 46% more calories than just walking. Heart rate increases of ten beats per
minute are common. It’s easy, it’s fun and it’s social; all without knee or joint pounding! Rick developed the Nordic
Walking program used on Crystal Cruises and instructs guests while on board.
Travel For Free: Be a Cruise Ship Lecturer
Learn how to become a featured speaker on glamorous cruise ships sailing the world. Engaging lecturers are
rewarded with free trips to exotic locales. Your life experiences can be developed into Enrichment Presentations.
Destination speakers able to convey the secrets of cities worldwide to help passengers realize their dreams on
their cruises. There is a process that must be followed and this presentation will set you on the path to success.
Yellowstone - the First National Park
At over 5,000 acres, Yellowstone spans three states. Born from Volcanic eruptions, the park’s hot geysers are fed
by a magma field just two miles below the surface. Old Faithful is the signature landmark and it shoots steam up
so reliably you can almost set your watch by it! The park is also known for its wildlife: from grizzle bears to Elk. The
largest bison herd grazes here. Learn about the tragic fire of 1989 that burned 32% of the park.
Death Valley - The Hottest Place on Earth
In 1913, Death Valley recorded the earth’s highest temperature ever – 134 degrees. Home of the 20-mule teams
that hauled borax 165 miles to the railhead in Mohave. The Valley is both beautiful and unusual. 150 foot high
sand dunes, rocks that move across the playa, and a Castle built in a Spanish motif all intrigue. The Devil’s Golf
Course, Devil’s Cornfield and Dante’s View all attest to a place that is steeped in mystery.
The Grand Canyon - A Big Hole in the Ground
Unique in the entire world, it contains the Colorado River for 277 miles. It has a span of up to 18 miles wide, and is
a mile deep. At the bottom of the cliff walls, nearly two billion years of the earth’s geological history is exposed.
Hiking to the river, trekking rim to rim or rafting the Class 10 rapids, you will get your heart pumping. Learn how a
one-armed Civil War veteran, John Westley Powell, made the first harrowing trip all the way in a wooden dory.
Alcatraz - “The Rock”
Alcatraz has served as a fortress from the Spanish days through the Civil War, but it’s best known as the ultimate
Federal Penitentiary. It held some of the most notorious men in the criminal underworld. No one was ever
sentenced to Alcatraz – they had to “earn” it. All in sight and sound of one of America’s most glamorous cities.
The rock operated nearly three decades; yet not a single person ever successfully escaped.
Venice - “Undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man.”
The Renaissance city of Venice was built in a marshy lagoon to protect its inhabitants from marauding Huns. Sited
on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges, it is renowned for the beauty of its
setting, its architecture and its artworks. During the Middle Ages, it was a major maritime power and a staging area
for the Crusades as well as an important center of commerce and art. Learn about its history and its future as the
sea threatens treasures such as St Mark's Basilica and the Piazza San Marco.
Barcelona - Originally founded by the Romans, the city was conquered by the Visigoths, the Arabs, and by
Charlemagne of the Franks. Today, the “Gothic Center” comprises the old town and features the Neo-Gothic
architectural work of Antoni Gaudi. His immense but still unfinished Catholic church, the “Sagrada Família.” It has
been under construction since 1882. Resembling a giant anthill, it will be the tallest church in the world when
finished in 2026.