Somehow my career as an engineer took a turn down a new path in 2000 after I completed a personal trip on the Nahanni and then turned my avocation into a career of guiding. In spite of expeditions around the world I keep coming north for my “fix” of wilderness beneath the midnight sun.
When I am not on a winter expedition, I am a Primary Care Paramedic Hamilton Ontario is home where I live on my sailboat in costa del hamilton.
Getting to take/show amazing places to other people is one of my favourite aspects of guiding.
Watching thousands of caribou migrate across Burnside river is among my favourite memories.
I hope along the way I am able to inspire people to appreciate and protect what wild places there are in the world.
I’m still living on my sailboat in Hamilton bay, all winterized and ready for another season. I’ll be heading to Costa Rica in mid February with my partner Kirsti and her son Isaac, touring around a little bit on the southwest coast. After my early season summer trips up north, I had a great couple of weeks over in Scotland with Kirsti and Isaac, for my mum’s 80th birthday. The three of us then flew down to southern Spain to see little bit of Andalusia, we also stayed in the Sierra Nevada mountains and hiked the highest peak in Spain, Mulhacen. To top off our adventure, we stopped in Iceland for a week on the way back from Scotland and toured around the remote north westfjords, had an amazing week of blue skies and great hikes with hot springs to end the days.
Now I’m back in the Hammer for another winter, life seems a little bit mundane, but no complaints, enjoying my semi-retirement of a 50% job share. All of October in Scotland catching up with family and friends was great, Kirsti and Isaac were along for part of that, their second trip to Scotland, a visit to the west coast and the Isle of Skye was excellent, though maybe too much good beer and whisky 🙂 I need to get back into two legged exercise instead of one arm drinking. Heading into my 5th winter onboard my floating home, still enjoying the chilly waterfront gated community.
I had another great summer up north and am now back in the flat land of Ontario for the winter season. I’m happy to report my floating home, my sailboat “Alexa”, is finally back in the water. I had to do a year of sporadic maintenance on the hull, while taking off on various trips to distract me: cycling, sailing and paddling to Portugal, Cuba, Chile, British Virgin Islands and Yukon. I’m doing less travelling this year, with only a sailing trip back to the British Virgin Islands planned in mid-February to break up the chilly winter.
It will soon be time to put my winter plastic bubble on again, heading into my third winter living aboard my sailboat in Costa del Hamilton, Ontario. I didn’t manage to get out sailing as much as I wanted this summer because I was up north in the Yukon for eight weeks! So I guess I can’t complain too much about the lack of sailing time because I had three amazing trips down the Alsek river and also discovered how much fun pack rafting is ! This fall I’m getting organized to head to Kenya to do some volunteer medical relief camps with Medics HELP, around the Nairobi area for three weeks, should be a challenging and interesting experience. Then its winter in the Hammer continuing to work as a paramedic in the city, hopefully getting out doing some fun outdoor activities every now and then. I’ll be back up north next summer for some more great river trips and I’m also looking forward to a raft trip down the Grand Canyon in the Spring, should be spectacular !
Hello fellow paddlers, the leaves are nearly over here in southern Ontario, starting to think about the winter. Got to get my home, my sailboat, ready for the cold. Soon to be plastic bubble on the water in Hamilton Bay.
I did manage to escape my bubble for a few fun trips last winter. Skied in France/Switzerland for the new year ( do not turn up at the airport without a passport, it can be very expensive!! ) Then I had amazing trip to Colombia, a friend’s wedding, so I tried my best at salsa in a kilt. I managed to squeeze in one trip up north this past summer, a return to the Burnside, and again it didn’t fail to provide some amazing close wildlife encounters. At the end of the summer the rugged east coast of Lake Superior was my home, sea-kayaked for 11 days, wow, that is one big lake, definitely an inland sea !
I’m still working full-time at Hamilton EMS, next year should be easier to fill with fun things as I’m going to job share. Just starting to plan a trip home to Scotland for Christmas/ Hogmanay and most of January, looking forward to it, rain, rain and then some more rain but there’s always a fine single malt to warm the inside. I think the Alsek beckons again for next summer.