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Holger is an owner of Trek Larapinta and one of the most experienced and respected wilderness guides in Australia. He holds a Certificate III and IV in Eco-Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation, along with remote area wilderness first aid qualifiactions. A true leader in the field, Holger has an unsurpassed knowledge and passion for the Larapinta, which he feels honoured to share with our guests.
Richard is an owner of Trek Larapinta and first walked on the Larapinta Trail 12 years ago. Having guided tours all over Australia, he has developed a deep and passionate bond with this very special place. Sharing his knowledge and love of the Larapinta Trail is a deeply rewarding experience for him.
Business Development Manager Nick Scharm grew up exploring the landscapes and cultures of Africa and Europe, until graduating from the Windhoek International School in Namibia, Africa. Travelling, exploration and trekking was imprinted from a young age. Nick moved to the mother country, Australia, to take up studies in ecotourism and landed his first guiding jobs in south east and far north Queensland. After spending 3 weeks trekking through the Tasmanian mountains, Nick fell in love with the island state and eventually made the permanent move from Broome to Launceston, which he now calls home with his small family.
Nick has been in the tourism and trekking industry for 20 years and holds a BA and MA in Ecotourism Development. Nick has filled senior guiding and management roles with a variety of national and international travel companies. Nick’s passion for delivering a genuine wilderness experience is underpinned with his personal ethos of “getting back to nature where things matter”.
Cultural Connections NT is a leading force in raising cultural awareness. Deanella Mack is a local Arrernte woman who was born and raised in Alice Springs. Standley Chasm/Angkerle Atwatye is part of her dreaming and connection to country and where she lives with her family. She works with organisations, businesses, groups, and individuals to deliver a wide range of cultural services. Having lived and worked in Alice Springs all her life, Deanella has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge that will benefit those who are wanting to gain some insight into local culture, or for business and organisations that are working towards delivering culturally appropriate services within the region.
Armed with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and studies towards a Bachelor of Psychological Science, Deanella brings a fresh and modern day perspective to cultural awareness training and support. She is approachable, articulate and loves sharing her knowledge in order to facilitate understanding across cultures, considering herself to be a ‘Facilitator of Understanding’.
Trek Larapinta and Cultural Connections are entering their 3rd year of working together to deliver Cultural Conversation insights for our 9 day and 16 day End to End groups.
For more information or to contact Deanella visit her website - www.culturalconnections.com.au
Brad Dean - Senior Guide
Brad brings a passion and understanding of the Australian wilderness to his tours that’s been developed from many years leading some of the toughest treks in Tasmania and the Northern Territory. His qualifications in eco-tourism and remote wilderness first aid ensure a safe and professionally managed trek; his enthusiasm and love of the bush guarantees the trip of a lifetime. When he isn’t leading treks for us you will find Brad exploring the deepest most remote wilderness regions he can find. A truly inspirational guide and an awesome bloke.
Kate Brown (KT)
Kate is a country girl with a corporate city life, well that was until she discovered her love of trekking in the Andes. Since completing her Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and remote wilderness first aid qualifications, Kate has led treks in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Nepal and New Zealand. A Larapinta specialist with a beautiful nature, exceptional knowledge and leadership skills, Kate is an awesome addition to our guiding team.
Dan Keys (DK)
Dan is a Kiwi born adventure seeker with a passion for taking the path less travelled - "a camp fire under the stars with a guitar and good company is my idea of a great night out. The past 8 years have been spent traveling the globe leading world class trekking expeditions throughout Australia, New Zealand and Nepal. Good planets are hard to come by, so lets enjoy what ours has to offer!"
Steve is a very experienced and enthusiastic bushwalker and paddler with over 12 years experience in wilderness guiding across Australia. Steve has explored Kakadu, Arnhem Land, the Kimberleys and Tasmania extensively and led many guided treks in these locations. With a passion for the Top End of Australia, Steve has been instrumental in introducing many people to the magnificent Jatbula Trail and Kakadu regions. His extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of Australian flora and fauna, combined with his profound understanding of indigenous culture; make him a much respected and valued member of our team. Steve holds a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and has remote area first aid wilderness qualifications.
Jacob is a Tassie born and bred wilderness explorer, blessed with an easy going and caring nature. He has just returned from a year tramping, skiing and cycling in the wilds of New Zealand. Having completed an expedition leadership course in college, Jacob trained with us on some of the toughest treks in Tasmania and he now joins us as an assistant walking guide on the Larapinta and Jatbula Trails.
Inspired by trips through the Kimberley and Kakadu, Clare decided to turn her love of the outdoors into her lifestyle. Studying a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation in Cairns with remote wilderness first aid qualifications, she has spent the last few years taking students on outdoor adventures, hiking, paddling and rock climbing in Australia and overseas. Having lived in Alice Springs in the past, Clare has explored and enjoyed the Larapinta Trail and is now looking forward to sharing her considerable experience and leadership skills with our guests.
Joel is blessed with an infectious friendly nature and a passion for the outdoors. His explorations have seen him trekking in Patagonia, New Zealand, Nepal, India, Tasmania and more recently specialising on the Larapinta Trail. With a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and remote wilderness first aid qualifications; Joel is a professional wilderness trekking guide who brings bundles of enthusiasm and knowledge to all the treks he leads.
A native of Tasmania, Ben grew up in the foothills of Mt Wellington, where he spent his formative years exploring the wilderness and developing a passion for the outdoors. The past few years have seen him guiding treks in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and Victoria. A professional trekking guide with remote wildernes first aid qualifications and a love of nature, Ben is a great asset to our Larapinta Trail team.
Nicole's love for discovering wild places, combined with her sense of adventure has seen her explore many remote parts of the country in recent years. Joining us on the Larapinta Trail, Nicole's positive attitude, local knowledge and passion for cooking bush cuisine ensures an amazing Larapinta experience.
Stephen Jacobs (Steve)
Steve is a wanderer and adventurer with a passion and philosophy for the pursuit of challenge, journey and self-reflection in a safe supportive environment. Steve's love of the outdoors will provide our guests with an opportunity to recharge away from busy lives. Steve is a current outdoor educator, with a teaching background in three states of Australia, a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership, remote wilderness first aid qualifications, and is currently involved in rafting, caving and bushwalking around Australia. He is also a passionate wildlife supporter and volunteer. Having just returned from Nepal over the recent summer, we welcome Steve back to the Jatbula and Larapinta Trail's for his third season and look forward to him sharing his spirit of adventure.
Ann has been a trekking guide for 8 years specialising in the Larapinta Trail. Her favourite walking places are Tasmania, Northern Territory and Nepal. When not walking the Larapinta, Ann enjoys bird watching, botany, mountain biking, rafting and discovering remote geological formations. In between treks in Nepal, Ann has enjoyed spending time volunteering on community projects. With a Certificate III in Eco-Tourism, Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and remote wilderness first aid qualifications, Ann is one of our most experienced guides bringing a great sense of humour along with a deep knowledge and passion to her Larapinta treks.
Kym has a passion for wilderness hiking that has seen her explore most of the great hikes of Tasmania, the Bungle Bungles and Kimberley region, Kangaroo Island, the Heysen Trail, South Island of New Zealand and a considerable period tramping in the South of France. This season Kym will be assisting with camp logistics, office administration as well as assisting our senior guides on the Larapinta Trail.
Julian’s passion and enthusiasm for Australia’s wilderness and its wildlife, his impressive bushwalking experience and his Qualifications in Adventure Recreation, has seen him fast becoming one of our top Guides. It will be Julian’s third season on the Larapinta Trail after spending the summer guiding trips in Tasmania, and hiking in Nepal. For those lucky enough to have Julian as one of their assistant guides, his energy and knowledge will make for a memorable walking experience.
Elise makes regular visits to join us on the Larapinta Trail from her home base of Coonabarabran, NSW. In her younger years Elise was an elite figure skater before discovering the call of the wild - mountaineering in New Zealand and Nepal along with extensive travels in South-East Asia and the US. With a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation, Training/Assessment along with Wilderness First Aid qualifications - Elise continues to broaden her skill base by studying a Certificate III in Health Services. Blessed with an infectious positive attitude, dynamic leadership and a commitment to excellence; Elise is a great asset to our team.
Matt originally discovered Trek Larapinta and his passion for the Larapinta Trail while participating in the 2013 pre-season Volunteer week. In fact, this experience inspired him to get off his laptop and re-train as a Tour Guide. Matt gained a Certificate IV in Guiding and Outdoor Recreation along with Wilderness First Aid qualifications from Tasmania Tafe. Originally trained as a landscape architect, Matt finds his design background still coming through in his guiding style and interests on the trail.
Jo joins the Trek Larapinta team with many years of industry experience and a passion for sharing wilderness trekking adventures. With a Certificate III and IV in Tour Guiding and Outdoor Recreation along with Wilderness First Aid qualifications, Jo is an outdoor guiding professional. Blessed with an engaging, friendly nature all of Jo's guests enjoy an insightful and informative experience.
Warrick is a native Tasmanian who cut his teeth on some of the hardest treks the Apple Isle has to offer. With Outdoor Recreation/Tour Guide and International White Water certifications combined with his Wildereness First Aid, Warrick is a professional, passionate, yet easy-going wilderness guide. A self-confessed hard-core bird spotter with three years experience guiding on the Larapinta Trail, Warrick is a great addition to the Trek Larapinta team.
Hayley grew up in the Dandenong Ranges in a little town called Belgrave, loving the outdoors and adventuring with family and friends. After graduating from high school she spent the next three years travelling and studying psychology, but decided that it wasn't for her and that adventures could be sought through work and play. With a Diploma of Outdoor Recreation and Leaders Wilderness First Aid qualifications, Hayley made her way to the Larapinta Trail through a study placement four years ago, and fell in love with the rugged beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges. A guiding professional with a love of being ‘out there’, Hayley brings experience and passion to every trek she leads.
Josh is a Kiwi with a degree in Outdoor Education and Leaders Wilderness First Aid qualifications, who has a passion for taking people out bush. A rural upbringing in NZ helps him to feel comfortable taking people into remote locations. He started his guiding career in Australia's Northern Territory and has been answering the call of the outback ever since. A guiding professional with a love of the environment and indigenous culture, 2016 will be Josh’s 5th season guiding on the Larapinta and Jatbula Trails. When he isn’t guiding treks (and sometimes when he is) Josh loves to cook, climb and take awesome photographs.
Rob comes to us from Tasmania where he has spent the last six years dividing his time between guiding in the wilderness and working with young people. Raised in remote North Queensland, he has a love of Australia's wild places and sharing stories about their rich natural and cultural histories. Rob has Leadership First Aid qualifications and brings experience both from his background as a science teacher and his love for bushwalking and rock climbing to ensure a safe, enjoyable and memorable trekking experience.
Blessed with a confident and outgoing personality along with tertiary qualifications in Geography (Conservation Management/Botany) and Wilderness First Aid, Stella is passionate about the conservation of natural areas. A fanatical botanist, she can talk about plants until the early hours. Her hiking obsession has taken her to the Himalayas, Black Sea coast, North America, NZ and to many remote corners of Tasmania and mainland Australia. As a child growing up in a remote region of the Northern Territory, she was infused with a deep appreciation for this wild and beautiful part of Australia. Stella was drawn to the West MacDonnell Ranges last year and was taken aback by the beauty of the ancient land formations and the sacredness of the area and feels privileged to be sharing this incredible region with her guests on the Larapinta Trail.
Tristan grew up in a Tasmanian valley captivated in his youth by the journeys of Les Hiddens on television and later by the writers of great mountaineering books. He has always found balance, perspective and adventure in the outdoors and loves to share his passion and experience in advanced rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and multi-day hiking. He has walked significant trails in the Himalaya, Tasmania and Victoria. A motivated and experienced outdoor adventure guide, Tristan has Wilderness First Aid qualifications along with Tertiary degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design.
Ashley hails from country South Australia and joins us with a raft of experience from her years as a National Park Ranger. Ashley has been fortunate to work on Kangaroo Island, along sections of the Heysen Trail and in various other remote wilderness locations, which have only deepened her connection and passion for the outdoors. Armed with a Bachelors Degree in Science (Natural Resources), First Aid qualifications and a love of exploring - Ashley is commencing her guiding career with a perfect blend of experience and enthusiasm. Providing an awe-inspiring journey on the trail by allowing guests to unwind and helping to deepen their appreciation and understanding of the natural environment, is what Ashley is all about.
Lauren grew up on Sydney's northern beaches before studying Environmental Science and Geography at Macquarie and Tasmania Universities. She spent several years community campaigning on climate change in Hobart, but realised that understanding the natural world and its systems all starts with getting people outside and developing an intimate connection with what's around us. Lauren completed her Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation and Certificate IV in Adventure Guiding in 2014, along with Wilderness First Aid qualifications - before commencing her wilderness guiding career on the Overland Track and the Freycinet Peninsula. Joining us for her first year on the Larapinta Trail, Lauren is keen to share her passion for the outdoors whilst creating magical moments for her guests.
After finishing year 12 in his home state of Tasmania, Benni went to Germany to live with his family for a year, before returning home to the amazing wilderness of Tasmania. Benni recently completed his Certificate 3 in Guiding and is keen to gain more experience and share his knowledge of the Australian wilderness. He has a keen interest in carpentry and eco-friendly waste management solutions.
Declan has always had an interest in bushwalking in his native Tasmania. Since gaining his Eco-Tourism and Wilderness First Aid qualifications in 2013, Declan has been guiding on the east coast of Tasmania. A love for the semi-arid interior of Australia, saw Declan join our team in the Northern Territory for the 2016 season. He brings his passion for the Australian wilderness, combined with years of outdoor expedition experience to create wonderful trekking holidays for his guests.
Kia comes to us with a Bachelor of Education and Wilderness First Aid qualifications and a previous life as a primary school teacher. Having swapped the classroom for the wilderness, Kia guides full time in Tasmania and now in Central Australia. She loves to travel and enjoys exploring new hikes in other countries and getting into the water at every opportunity. Kia has a passion for sharing wonderful wilderness adventures with others, in a supportive, fun and professional manner.