National Geographic Explorer Albert Lin uses knowledge as his secret defense against danger

National Geographic Explorer Albert Lin uses knowledge as his secret defense against danger

Published September 14, 2022

5 min read

There’s a certain whip-wielding, fedora-wearing archeologist that one imagines when thinking of those who embark on quests to discover lost temples, hidden tombs, and ancient relics.

However, there is a real example of someone like this: National Geographic Explorer Albert Lin. He is an extraordinary man who has seen many amazing things on his travels around the globe. His adventures as an explorer, scientist, and adventurer have taken a man to places around the globe that few of us can even imagine.

His research and fieldwork have led him to Mongolia where he explored the Valley of the Khans and tried to find Genghis Khan’s final resting spot.

He explored the ancient Mayan city Tikal in the jungles of Guatemala, searching for treasures belonging to ancient Mayan kings. This expedition helped map more than 2,100 square kilometers of the Maya Biosphere Reserve and revealed hundreds of previously unknown structures.

Lin’s fascination with the ancient world has also taken him to Israel, where he delved below the ground to explore centuries-old caves that were once home to the secretive Knights Templar.

His adventures are not limited to the land. To study the submerged prehistoric settlement at Bouldnor Cliff, Lin has braved the cold waters and busy commercial shipping lanes on the English Channel.

Being ‘adventurous’ doesn’t equate to being unsafe

As you can see, Lin is someone who has not shied away from danger throughout his vaunted career. You might think Lin’s recklessness and ‘carpe diem’ attitude is what propels him through his incredible journeys. But that’s far from the truth. Lin also takes a more calculated and measured approach to help reduce risks and ensure he returns safely. His secret weapon is his knowledge of potential dangers and proper safety procedures.

Danger isn’t something that Lin blindly runs toward. Lin takes the time to prepare for each expedition. He knows what to do in an emergency situation. This is what allows Lin to travel with confidence and ease.

Since he sometimes visits locales that are prone to natural disasters, Lin prepares properly. He brings different supplies depending on the likelihood of disasters. If he is visiting a region that is susceptible to typhoons he will ensure that he has emergency rations, waterproof flashlights and first aid kits, as well as heavy-duty raincoats. If a typhoon strikes, he will know how to make his shelter safer by making sure that outdoor items are secured, protecting windows, and setting up sandbags.

After the worst is over and he can head outside, he would then know to stay away from damaged buildings, avoid potential flood and electrocution hazards, and to avoid trying to drink from contaminated water sources. Knowledge like this is invaluable, considering that approximately 1.4 billion people have been affected by natural disasters since 2005.

Lin takes safety very seriously because he believes life is precious. You only get one chance to live so it is important to make the most of it and keep safe. There are ways to increase your chances of survival in the event of an unthinkable outcome.

“Ours is the only planet, as far as we know it, that harbors life. Lin said that your fragile life, which is fragile, can only emerge from the best conditions. Lin said, “Making your existence and mine in this moment on the planet truly meaningful.” Enjoy life, cherish it, love it, and live it. Because you can, because that’s what you’re here for.”

While Albert faces more dangerous situations than the average person, that doesn’t mean that we should take safety any less seriously than he does. It doesn’t take much knowledge to understand the core safety concepts. Want to know more? Visit Safe Steps now.

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