Photograph by Alexandria Bombach, National Geographic

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Gregg Treinish (pictured) is a part of National Geographic's Emerging Explorer program.

Photograph by Alexandria Bombach, National Geographic

Catching Up With NatGeo 2008 Adventurer of the Year

Gregg Treinish's organization connects adventurers with scientists.

Image of the 125 Anniversary logo From the first moment he was forced to sit still and face a chalkboard, Gregg Treinish had a pathological aversion to traditional classrooms. Instead he found an alternative route to getting an education, and he's been breaking new trails ever since—both physically and figuratively.