Russell grew up in a sea kayaking family on the rugged west coast of Canada with parents that pushed him and his brother to get out there and challenge themselves. He tries his best to do this on a regular basis, which has led him to have some truly incredible experiences in even more incredible places around the globe.
For the last decade, Russell has spent the winters working as a ski patroller in British Columbia, the summers guiding and being an outdoor educator, while pulling off some seriously large-scale expeditions in between – the most impressive of these being a sea kayak adventure from Brazil to Florida with his brother when he was only 19, which spanned 6,500-kilometres and seven months.
Russell has recently shifted gears in life and become a paramedic with the British Columbia Ambulance Service. While working part-time, he still manages to maintain his passion for the outdoors through guiding and exploring the world’s mountains, rivers and oceans whenever possible.
Onboard, he encourages expeditioners to get to know the Expedition Team, because you can learn so much from them and are bound to have a good laugh!