“Shaklee products have helped adventurers cross both the North and South Poles, explore the deepest depths of the oceans, and fly non-stop around the planet without artificial propulsion. In all, Shaklee has helped power seven of Time-Life Books “Greatest Adventures of All Time.”
National Geographic award-winning polar explorer, author, and educator Will Steger, who closely partnered with Shaklee on several of his major Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, wrote the foreword to the Time-Life Books piece.
In 1986, Shaklee provided financial support and products for the first recorded, unsupported expedition by dog sled to the North Pole. Led byNational Geographic award-winning polar explorer, author, and educator Will Steger*, the 55-day journey would be totally dependent on the three tons of supplies they packed with them. Vita-Lea is just one of the many products Steger’s team brought with them on this historic trek. It would also be the first in a long and successful relationship with Mr. Steger.
Shaklee again had the opportunity to work with Will Steger by providing financial and product support for the 1989-90 trans-Antarctica expedition, which was the first crossing of Antarctica on foot, covering 3,700 miles – roughly the distance from Shaklee World Headquarters in Pleasanton, Calif., to the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia. Following this expedition, Steger testified before Congress on polar and environmental issues and co-founded the Center for Environmental Education.
In 1989 Shaklee helped build schools and health clinics and planted more than one million trees in Asia through a partnership with the American Himalayan Foundation, an organization chaired by Sir Edmund Hillary who, in 1953 along with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, became one of the first two men to successfully scale Mt. Everest – at 29,029 feet – the tallest mountain in the world. In addition, Shaklee products provided the nutrition for the Mt. Everest team led by Larry Nielson, the first American to reach the summit without supplemental oxygen in 1983.
In 1995 Shaklee once again partnered with Will Steger to provide financial and product support for the third International Arctic Project. This was the first surface crossing of the 2,500-mile-wide Arctic Ocean. The expedition brought information about environmental issues and changes to the polar landscape to millions of school children worldwide.
In 1987 Shaklee dove into the deep blue sea when we were selected by Jacques Cousteau to provide environmentally friendly cleaning products for use onboard their research vessels, the Calypso and Alcyone . Shaklee also sponsored the magazine for children, Dolphin Log. This pioneer in ocean exploration founded The Cousteau Society. Shaklee has always been green. We were green before green was “cool.”
Shaklee Performance Maximum Endurance Sport Drink was developed as the sole “fuel” for the Greek cyclist, Kanellos Kanellopoulos, who provided the pedal power for the Daedalus aircraft. The Daedalus aircraft flew from Crete to the Greek mainland and set the world record for human powered flight, a feat equivalent to two back-to-back marathons.
The Voyager was the only aircraft to fly around the world nonstop without refueling. Shaklee was responsible for dietary advice and provided nutritional products for Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, the two daring pilots for this nine-day around the world adventure.