John Haslett has spent the last fifteen years leading expeditions and researching the ancient cultures of Pre-Columbian Ecuador. In 1995, with the help of an isolated community of Ecuadorian mariners, he built a 30,000-pound, full-scale replica of an ocean-going raft used by the ancient Manteño people, and then voyaged on the open sea for thirty-eight days. Haslett was elected to The Explorer’s Club in 1998, and later that year he flew the Club’s flag on his second raft. In November of 2006, he published his memoir of his first decade of exploring, Voyage of the Manteño (St. Martin’s Press). Currently Haslett works as a free-lance writer and full-time explorer. He has published articles in Archaeology, QST, National Geographic Adventure, and others. He and Dr. Smith are now preparing their most extensive expedition to date. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, film director Annie Biggs.