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I thought I would just drop you a note and let you know that the Larapinta Trek George & I did a couple of weeks ago was absolutely sensational. The group, the weather, the scenery, the terrain, the food, the campsites, the stars at night, and not to forget our fabulous 2 guides, Max S!! and Victor Trail was just a holiday that will stay with us for a long time. The group of people was just fantastic and everyone just got on well and as for Max & Victor, if I ever plan another Australian adventure I will do my utmost to ensure one of them if not both were the guides, the nicest, funniest and most of all very professional fellows, they kept the group in great spirits and the knowledge they both have is just outstanding, especially Max for such a young fellow. They did a great job in camp setting everything out for us, all we had to do was enjoy it. I can't sign off without mentioning the food, what these 2 guys whipped up for us everyday, breakfast, lunch on the track was just unbelievable what they carried and dinner - always 3 courses and always different, I doubt anyone lost too much wait on this trek. It was just a great pleasure to have meet 2 such great fun fellows.
Now to go off and think about what I will do next !!!!
Leaders in the Field
The key to our success
Since 1975 World Expeditions has worked with many recognised experts, elite adventurers and mountaineers. All of our leaders have made a significant contribution to our development while their expertise and enthusiasm have ensured we maintain the 'leading edge' in adventure travel.
As a general principle we use expert local leaders for the majority of our adventures and they are pivotal to the success of each adventure. However, we also have an amazing line up of extraordinary western guides who define our leading edge in adventure travel. Over the years our local and western guides have collectively made significant contributions to our ongoing development and their expertise and enthusiasm is reflected in the exciting itineraries and quality of leadership.
Many of our guides are available to lead private trips for your group, your family, your colleagues or your business. While careful planning & scheduling is necessary, these specially guided itineraries become one-of-a-kind original experiences lead by an exceptional guide. Ask us if you're interested in having one of our guides lead a private trip for you.
Al has a long standing relationship with World Expeditions dating back to the early 80's with his river rafting days down the Franklin River and later running our Australian adventures. Nowadays Al operates our trips to the pristine Yasawas Islands in Fiji as well as many of our Antarctic and Arctic sea kayaking activities.
Andreas contributes so much in making our South and Central American programs special. He has lived in South America for over 25 years. Much of this time has been spent in Peru where he has amassed a wealth of experience that would be hard to equal. His innovative itineraries and desire to share his love of South and Central America are key factors that ensure the success of our outstanding program. At all levels Andreas engages indigenous peoples in our operations who are simply fantastic and take our itineraries to new heights.
Having completed his Summit 8000 project in October, Andrew has climbed the world's 14 highest peaks above 8000m making him unarguably Australia's and the Commonwealth's most accomplished high altitude mountaineer. His impressive mountaineering resume includes multiple ascents of Everest, Lhotse and Manaslu, 5 Australian first ascents and establishing many new routes. Andrew is also Australian Geographic's 2009 Adventurer of the Year. In between expeditions and Antarctic postings, his easygoing nature makes him an ideal choice to lead some of our high altitude expeditions.
Visit Andrew's website for about his mountaineering feats and what the future holds for him.
Andrew spends his time co-coordinating and teaching photography courses in Australia and around the world, many with World Expeditions in Western Australia, the Flinders Ranges & the Red Centre. Visit his website www.focus10.com.au
Angel, who lives and works in Argentina, is an accomplished mountaineer and over the years has led groups to the summit of Mount Everest. Angel has an extensive climbing background and is head mountaineering guide on our Aconcagua and Ama Dablam Expeditions, and is well known for his witty sense of humour and excellent cooking skills.
Brigitte has been climbing mountains all over the world for the last 27 years. In May 1997 she climbed Everest and became the first Australian to scale the highest mountains in each of the seven continents. Details of these expeditions are described in her book 'Wind in My Hair'. Brigitte usually leads trips in Nepal, and introduces travellers to the work she has undertaken in Nepal that tackles the challenges associated with female literacy.
Carlos is one of the most accomplished and prolific high altitude climbers in the world. In 1983 Carlos climbed Mount Everest via the Kangshung Face, a technically demanding first ascent of a route that has to date never been repeated. His climbing career spans 35 years and some 46 expeditions around the world including Ama Dablam, Changabang, Kangchenjunga, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Dorje Lhakpa & K2 to name a few. Carlos added a special dimension to our inaugural GHT treks in leading the Langtang Via Tilman Pass segment in 2011, and the Makalu and Everest Traverse via Sherpani Col GHT in 2012.
Growing up in the Kenyan bush has inspired Clive to seek out East Africa's greatest adventures. From the summit of Mt Kenya & The Ruwenzori mountains to the plains of the Masai Mara, his rapport with fellow Africans and local knowledge ensure that our trips in East Africa offer an exceptional insight into the cultures, wildlife and environments of the region.
Dave Turner is an adventure cyclist – unsupported, long distance and off road. He enjoys a life long relationship with adventures at handlebar level. Dave has cycled across the Akhangai Mountains in Mongolia, pedaled over 1000km Himalayan kilometers from Tibet to Nepal and crossed Australia “Gulf2Gulf” from Spencer Gulf in South Australia to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Dave will lead our Lhasa to Kathmandu cycle expedition.
Dr Ross Anderson
Dr Ross Anderson lives with his wife in a small town near the Lake District in the north of England. He is a Family doctor and spends much of his spare time travelling as an expedition doctor and has contributed to Dr Jim Duff's medical guidebook for trekkers. He has over ten years of altitude and travel medicine experience. Previous treks and expeditions have focused on the Himalayas, with others in the Scandinavian arctic and mountainous areas of Africa. He also enjoys trail running, cycling and open-water swimming.