The constraints of working in cold environments and the challenges they present allow most people to find or develop extraordinary parts of their character. If you are interested in challenging yourself in an extreme environment, get in touch to discuss your ideas.
< Crossing the sea ice at sunset, Greenland
Having worked for five seasons in polar regions on projects from 90° south to 72° north, I have a passion for working at high latitudes. Despite the rigor of having worked in temperatures below -40°C, sitting in tents for countless days waiting out storms and traveling for over 4000km on snowmobile, I find the experiences in these environments unmatched in beauty and depth. For some the appeal is obvious, but many need to taste the experience firsthand before they understand the addictive allure of the cold wilderness.
Roped skidoo travel in crevassed glacial terrain, Adelaide Island, Antarctica >
If you have visited the Alps and other mountain ranges and dream of going further afield into wilder and more adventurous terrain in the Arctic or Antarctic, then get in touch if you want to discuss your ideas. I have extensive experience planning and organising mountaineering and skiing adventures from the ground up.
The mountain ranges of East and North East Greenland are a superb location for a first polar expedition. These are very remote regions, yet by regular flights via Iceland and then relocation by helicopter or light aircraft are accessible from European cities for trips as short as ten days. Likewise northern Scandinavia, Iceland and Spitsbergen are all easily accessible. For more remote cold climate locations South Georgia or the northern Antarctic Peninsula are both accessible with a chartered sailing boat
If you already have a adventure or scientific project organized and need an experienced hand to join the team, I am keen and willing to adapt to most guiding or support roles.
^ Camp under Aurora, near Kuummiit, East Greenland
For the British Antarctic Survey I worked full time between 2009 and 2011 and again in 2015/16 in a variety of roles. This provided a firm foundation in polar travel, expeditions and logistics. I spent the majority of the time there leading scientists and other personnel into glaciated and mountainous terrain for the purposes of training, research and recreation. Significant sites I worked at include Alexander and Horseshoe islands, Larsen Ice Shelf, Shackleton Range, Sky Blu and South Pole. Other roles included working as a boat handler for the marine biology dive team and running the aircraft support and logistics at a small ice runway airport at S75°.
< South Pole station (‘Dark Sector’ science laboratories)
In 2012 I have worked in both summer and winter in Greenland with a small group of geologists. The projects are located in the North-East Greenland National Park, an area nearly twice the size of France with no permanent population. My role has been to guide and assist the scientists whilst traveling by snowmobile or on foot on sea ice and in mountainous terrain, in addition to managing the camps and the polar bear risk. Over a season we would establish several camps across a mountain range from which we climbed in search of rock samples and stratigraphy data.
In 2016 I returned to Greenland to guide several ski touring expeditions in the mountains north of Kulusuk