Joined: Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:57 pm Posts: 269 Location: Chamonix
Hey Dusty get in touch with me sent you a pm.requested to be in same group as you and Karyn asked what guide did I want to be with.Only name i recognise on there is Chris Davenport.The ones with stars are completed groups already.
Anybody else know any of these guides ?
Doug Stoup Kevin Quinn Andrew McLean* Jorge Kozulj Kim Havell Angela Hawse Andrew Eisenstark Forrest McCarthy Chris Davenport Kris Erickson* Rich Meyer Howie Schwartz Glen Poulsen Per As* Stephan Palm* Grigory Mintsev Alain LeDoux Marco Gaiani* Nikolay Veselovskiy Doug Workman Todd Offenbacher Ben Mitchell
I'm pretty on the fence about this whole Antarctica tourism stuff. Do we really need people fucking up the last unpopulated continent? How much gas do you need to burn to ski something for novelties sake? Car to the airport, flight to South America, car to the ship, then a luxury cruise liner back and forth. Having said that, all the trip reports I've read make it look like a pretty fun time.
Anyone whose even remotely considering going to Antartica needs to watch Werner Herzog's 'Encounters at the End of the World'- it's an awesome film, and also totally debunks any idea of Antartica being 'unpopulated'. There are 'cities' of scientists, etc. there year round...
Anyway, awesome film and a must see if you have any antipodal interest...
Joined: Fri May 13, 2005 8:05 am Posts: 1499 Location: 395
Doug Workman was my guide on my all time AK heli day (did North face and gunbarrells of Dimond that day). He's was awesome as a heli guide. He tried getting snowsavage and I into a super gnarly line one day but he almost died ski cutting it (don't worry, he's safe) He has a twin brother and they both work for Valdez Heli Ski Guides. I think he is an Exum guide in the summer too.
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:09 pm Posts: 682 Location: white room
Sounds like a sick trip. I'm usually not the jealous type, but this...damn. As for guides, Doug Stoup is the owner of Ice Axe, he's led expeditions all over the planet. Kevin Quinn is owner of Points North Heli, knows his shit. Glen Poulsen is a longtime Sierra legend that will likely crush you on the uphill while he's breaking trail for you. I'm guessing all of the available guides are very competent, though many (perhaps all) will be in new terrain.