Gerry first arrived in Nepal on a British kayaking expedition in 1983 at the age of 18. Over the next 20 years he became the first man to descend all the major rivers in the Nepalese Himalayas. In 1990 he established the first river company in northern Pakistan. Currently he serves as the whitewater consultant to the Kingdom of Bhutan. National Geographic regards him as "the most experienced river guide in the Himalayas." Gerry resides between the Himalayas and Sun Valley, Idaho, where he can best pursue his professional expertise and passion in the world of adventure travel.
Zach's career on skis closely mirrors that of his brother and fellow GMX guide, Reggie. Both were members of the U.S. Ski Team, then pioneers in the sport of Ski Cross, made popular by the X Games. Zach won three medals in the X Games before retiring from competitive skiing to focus entirely on backcountry guiding. He and Reggie have appeared in several Warren Miller films, and also produce adventure documentaries with their own company, GMX Media.
Willie is a self-proclaimed river runner respected by generations of paddlers. He is also recognized internationally as a voice of conservation, communication, and safety on the river. Throughout his career, Willie has assembled an impressive portfolio of kayak descents from the Americas to Asia, including first descents of the world's most technically and logistically challenging runs. Most notably, he was a member of the expedition that became the first to run the legendary "Upper Gorges" of the Great Bend of the Yarlung Tsangpo. In addition to becoming one of the foremost expedition paddlers, Willie has also worked to develop eco-tourism and guide training programs in Asia for over a decade. Consequent to that experience he is the founding member of the Oregon-based charity, FLOW (forloveofwater). Most recently, Willie joined the team at First Descents as the experiential developer, coordinating and running week-long adventure therapy programs for young cancer survivors and fighters.
Educated in India and Bhutan, Ugyen Dorji started guiding high-altitude treks and cultural tours in 1991. Since then, he has trekked and toured the length and breadth of Bhutan. In 1998, Ugyen set up the first and only adventure travel company in Bhutan to offer whitewater rafting and kayaking. He is the preferred outfitter for international kayak and rafting operations there. He has also organized the logistical support for several major film projects in the Kingdom and was part of the first descent of the Mangde Chhu River for Discovery Channel in 2006. Ugyen was the founding member and the First General Secretary for the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators and is still actively involved with the Association and a very keen promoter of adventure sports and tourism within Bhutan. Over the years, Ugyen came to the realization that any mindful development of the Bhutanese adventure travel industry lay with the indigenous population, and not one specific to outside Western guiding expertise. It was with this ideal that he set up many programs to train young Bhutanese in the skills of whitewater rafting and kayaking. He is also Bhutan's national golf champion!
Anthony has operated within the guiding industry for a long time, working at all levels and all over the world. Starting his career at the age of 18 as the youngest U.K. Senior Instructor in kayaking, he has spent the last 25 years coaching everything from paddle sport to climbing, mountaineering to power boating, mountain biking to mountain boarding...right through to his current work as a rescue trainer for the U.K. emergency services. Anthony's love of adventure has led to him to work as a professional guide for over 20 years on every continent and in some of the most remote regions on the planet. This has included working with Discovery Channel Productions and being a technical advisor to many in the industry. Anthony now runs a host of international training courses, guiding worldwide expeditions and specializing in providing professional training programs.
In the fall of 1983, Jock moved to Nepal to lead trips and train local guides in the Himalayas. The first week of Jock's time in Kathmandu was another major turning point because he and Gerry Moffatt had both just arrived in Kathmandu and were looking for work and wanting to run some unexplored rivers. Thus began a lifelong and endearing friendship guiding countless trips and expeditions together for nearly 30 years. Jock was based in Kathmandu for 12 years and now (along with his French wife and co-explorateur Annie Miniscloux) makes his home in Bangkok, Thailand. When not leading trips, Jock is also in demand as a commercial and editorial assignment photographer and photography instructor. Jock is often on the road, leading photography tours, river running, sea kayaking, trekking and mountain biking trips and expeditions throughout much of Asia, North America, Greenland, Patagonia, Ecuador, and the Galapagos. He is a caring and enthusiastic leader and he remains passionate about planning private trips and cooking great food.
Mahendra emerged as one of the original Nepali raft guides when rafting developed in Nepal in the early '80s. Along with Gerry Moffatt and Guy Robins, he formed Equator Expeditions, an adventure travel company based out of Kathmandu. In 1997, Mahendra became the president of the Nepalese Guide Association and in 2002 he became the President of the Nepal Rafting Association. Mahendra has provided logistical support on the production of adventure documentaries for National Geographic Television, Outdoor Life Network, Channel 4, and Trans World Sport. His experience in the world of adventure is derived from a lifetime of expeditioning and guiding throughout the Himalayas. However, it is his continued appreciation and understanding of an ever-evolving adventure travel market that makes him the most experienced GroundOperator in the Himalayas. In 2011, Mahendra became the President of the Trekking Association of Nepal. Whether you are an individual adventure traveler, an independent operator, or a National Geographic film crew you can be assured that Mahendra and his team will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.
Kira has been fortunate enough to be able to follow her passion of kayaking around the world. She has paddled extensively on rivers throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Uganda, Argentina, and Chile, and is lucky to have called rivers in each of those places "home" for some period of time. Kira graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a degree in Environmental Studies and studied abroad in Madagascar with the School for International Training. While there, she did an independent study on the potential of recreational tourism to aid in sustainable community development and environmental protection. Kira has also taught kayaking at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Cascade Raft and Kayak on the Payette River in Idaho. In addition, she has worked for the past two years as the Environmental Science and English teacher for New River Academy, a prestigious traveling whitewater kayak academy, and is the co-founder of LiKi Faire, a company that promotes the cultures of the beautiful playgrounds across the globe with a business model that creates economic livelihood, environmental sustainability, and improved health in communities around the world. Kira loves kayaking, yoga, dancing, laughing, getting to share her passions with friends old and new, and learning about and experiencing the world to its fullest every day.
Bob spent his childhood in East Africa, where his father was the director of the Peace Corps and later the director of the African Wildlife Foundation. His family spent a lot of time with the abundant wildlife that thrived there during the 1960s and 1970s. Poole's unique upbringing gave him an appreciation and curiosity of the natural world, a highly adventurous spirit, and a strong sense of self-reliance. Now an Emmy Award-winning Director of Photography, Poole films both people and wildlife. His extensive credit list includes documentaries for PBS NATURE and NOVA, BBC, over 30 films for Discovery Networks, and more than 30 additional films for National Geographic Television.
Will grew up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico and developed a passion for light, dry powder at an early age. He followed this passion to the mountains of Utah where he has spent the last 17 seasons soaking up as many powder days as possible. Over the years Will has earned a reputation as one of the industry's most respected photographers. His images have graced the pages of nearly every major snow publication on the planet as well as more mainstream outlets like Men's Journal, Forbes, and Outside.
Whitney has worked in experiential education for many years and has led high school trips around the globe. She was centrally involved in the start-up of two traveling kayak academies and has had long-term involvement with a leading girls' semester abroad program. She has served in a wide variety of capacities, including Head of School, Program Director, Department Head, and Assistant Coach, and she has designed and taught courses in Spanish, Environmental Studies, and Cultural Studies. Whitney holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and is currently a master's degree candidate in International Conservation at Cornell University. Whitney also has considerable experience in the Himalayan region; she worked extensively as a river guide in Nepal, studied Nepali language at Cornell, and has led educational semesters in Nepal and southwestern China. Whitney brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table, but most importantly, she is still as passionate about youth, education, and the outdoors as she was on the day she started teaching 15 years ago.
Chasing snow around the globe has been Reggie's occupation for more than 20 years, with a job description that reads more like a travelogue. His journey began with 10 years of World Cup downhill ski racing before he turned his attention to the new sport of Ski Cross (SX). In 2005, Reggie became the first repeat SX champion at the X Games. He then moved on to explore the big mountains of Alaska and heli-skiing. Reggie and his brother, fellow GMX guide Zach Crist, have been featured in several Warren Miller films (including the 2010 release Dynasty). When he's not skiing, Reggie can be found charging rivers in his kayak or chasing surf in Hawaii or Mexico.
Pete has been trekking, climbing and exploring faraway places as long as he can remember. His interest in travel sparked while training around the world during his years on the US Ski Team (competing in 2 Olympics and capturing a bronze in the World Championships). Pete's love for rivers, mountains and people naturally led him into the guide world, working for one of the original commercial whitewater rafting companies in Nepal. Pete's true love, skiing, keeps him busy guiding helicopter skiing 5 months of the year-in his home of Sun Valley (Idaho), and in the stunning coastal mountains of southern Greenland. A proficient climber, he has made ascents of numerous 20,000 ft + peaks in Nepal and South America along with the first telemark descent of the Polish glacier route on Aconcagua (South America's highest peak at 22,835 ft). Pete's boundless energy and sense of adventure, combined with his level of competence and skills acquired from a lifetime of guiding guarantee you a most exciting adventure anywhere on the planet!
Jed has been paddling and photographing rivers all over the world for the past 25 years. Over the last 10 years he has also pursued his interest in wildlife and conservation photography, working near his home in Bozeman, Montana, as well as in China, the Arctic, and elsewhere. Jed holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Lewis & Clark College, and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese. His photographic portfolio strives to reveal something about the threatened places and animals of the world with the ultimate goal of inspiring protection for nature and all that it encompasses. Jed's photographs have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, Outside, and many other publications. He gives regular multi-media presentations both in the U.S. and abroad. Jed is also a proficient videographer-he has filmed for Discovery Channel, BBC, and Outside TV. Jed's river running resume includes many first descents all over the globe and trips on many of Asia's largest waterways, in addition to many smaller but no less significant rivers and creeks. In March of 2007, Jed was the first person to kayak the most remote gorge of the Salween River in Tibet. His article and photos of this journey appeared in the August 2007 edition of Kayak Session magazine. Jed's work for the foreseeable future will largely focus on threatened areas, cultures, and wildlife in the greater Himalayan ranges.
Growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, Guy was introduced to the outdoors while attending boarding school and guiding for his father's Adventure School. He eventually took his skills to South Africa where he helped establish Outdoor Education curricula and led courses for schools and universities. The big walls of Yosemite soon lured Guy to America where his adventures continued. After meeting Gerry Moffatt while guiding for the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina, Guy was introduced to the Himalayas. Traveling between Pakistan, India, and Nepal he has led numerous expeditions in the mountains and rivers of these majestic countries. Today he lives in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he continues to guide fly fishing, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting trips. Guy loves to organize specialized expeditions, and pursue his favorite passions-fly fishing and wilderness cooking.
Gavin grew up in Lake Tahoe pursuing a ski racing career. A knee injury ended his prospects on the slopes over 20 years ago, but opened a huge world of opportunity from which Gavin has never looked back. He pioneered Class V and VI rapids in the most remote regions of Central America in the late 1990s; commercial fished in the treacherous Bering Sea; circumnavigated the earth by sailboat twice (including a short- handed rounding of Cape Horn in the middle of winter); instructed adolescents in the finer application of mountain climbing and river running for Outward Bound in the Pacific Northwest; and pioneered over 150 virgin locations to kite surf in every ocean during a recent five-year expedition with his partner Jody MacDonald. Gavin's current passion is paragliding and he travels with his wing around the world in pursuit of high- altitude, big-distance cross-country flying. Gavin and Jody's company, Offshore Odysseys, is embarking on another five-year expedition called "The Cabrinha Quest" in partnership with Cabrinha Kites, Patagonia Clothing, GoPro Cameras, and Niviuk Paragliders in October of 2012.
Peter is one of Britain's most experienced expedition whitewater kayakers and has led expeditions and first descents in many different countries. A life fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he was selected 10 years ago as one of 20 "Modern Explorers." Famous in the world paddling community, he is frequently profiled in canoeing magazines. Kayak Session magazine recently nominated him as a "World Whitewater Living Legend."
Charles is a highly experienced expedition organiser and has participated in major expeditions all over the world, including crossing the whole of Africa by road several times - once in a fire engine, with long time friend Gerry Moffatt! He has driven between London and Kathmandu more times than he cares to remember and once escorted a black cab between London and Sydney. He is Managing Director of Safari Drive and looks after Safari Drive logistics and uses his wealth of expedition experience to advise on the more adventurous trips. His interests include paragliding (obsessively) and rock climbing.
Meregan has lived in South Africa and Saudi Arabia and has driven Land Rovers the length and breadth of Africa which gives her a greater understanding of the geography and location of lodges than most travel professionals. She is an ex-professional show jumper and motor racing driver. Being based in Lambourn, she rides out racehorses early every morning before coming to the Safari Drive office. She is an experienced safari organizer arranging self drive and lodge-to-lodge safaris as well as top end African weddings and honeymoons.
Jody is an adventure sport and documentary style photographer. Her love for the outdoors began at a very early age, and led her to a passion for photographing travel and adventure. For the last 5 years she has been the resident photographer on Discovery - a 60 foot catamaran on a global expedition to explore the wildest corners of the planet. Through adventure and exploration, Jody strives to capture the moments in between and to document the fragility and beauty of the planet. From the South Pacific to Iceland, she routinely produces unique imagery and authentically documents the the places she travels to. Her work is published all over the globe. You can see her images in the Geographic, Outside, Forbes, BBC, Men's Journal among others.
The GMX mission is simple: be in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. This philosophy equates to finding perfect powder, consistent trade winds, ideal river flows and the great migratory herds of the African plains.
Our guides are highly accomplished in their respective fields; they are also the driving force behind the custom itineraries tailored to meet your specific interests, skill levels and vision.