Helpful Polar Experts

There isn’t a great deal of formalised advice on the dark arts of polar travel online. It’s a very niche pastime that requires deep pockets, so there’s no real incentives for experts to give away their hard earned knowledge.

I’ve spent a fair bit of time over the past two years gleaning every nugget of information I could from a wide variety of polar veterans. So here’s a list of polar experts that I’ve found to be helpful.

It’s by no means exhaustive but I can vouch for them all: I’ve either met them in person, been on a trip with them or we’ve corresponded.

Carl Alvey training clients close to his home in Norway. Photo: Matt Pycroft Coldhouse

Carl Alvey training clients close to his home in Norway. Photo: Matt Pycroft Coldhouse

Scott Gilmour - I bumped into Scott on Lake Baikal last year. He runs a polar guiding company out of Norway and has expertise in travelling fast and light.

Dixie Dansercoer - I’ve only spoken to Dixie on the phone, but his knowledge matched up to his guide book on ‘Polar Exploration’. He has particular expertise in kite skiing and guides on the Arctic Ocean and Antarctica.

Jerry Kobalenko - Jerry is my editor at ExplorersWeb and we’re currently planning a trip together to the Canadian Arctic next spring. He has huge experience and expertise on the Canadian Arctic.

Carl Alvey - I’ve stayed with Carl twice in his family’s hotel on the edge of Hardangervidda in Norway. He has particular expertise in kite skiing and is a guide for ALE in Antarctica.

Alex Hibbert - I met Alex last year for some specific equipment advice. He has particular expertise in equipment innovation and the Greenland Ice Cap.

Ray Zahab - Ray gave me advice for a trip last year and I keep in touch with him regularly. He has particular expertise in travelling fast and light in the Arctic.

Mike Thornewill - I went on one of Mike’s polar training courses in Norway a few years ago. He has particular expertise in frozen lake travel and Antarctica.

Hannah McKeand - I met Hannah at an expedition launch last year. She has particular expertise in Antarctica and is a guide for ALE.

Ash Routen