A French Canadian from northern Ontario, Paul has always enjoyed winter. From an early age he ventured out on snowshoes and skis in winter and by canoe in summer to explore the untouched wilderness around his home community of Smooth Rock Falls.
After participating in an Outward Bound course in New Mexico, Paul realized he could combine his love of people with his need for wild places and joined the Outward Bound schools where he worked for 10 years, the last four as Program Director for the Canadian Outward Wilderness School. At Outward Bound he met Matty and their adventures turned from paddling whitewater rivers and mountaineering in South America to raising a family and moving to the Arctic. Paul is passionate about the Rolling Stones, politics, good scotch, and power kites.
South Pole 2002. Paul guided an expedition for Adventure Network (ANI) departing from Hercules Inlet and arriving at the South Pole in 58 days.
North Pole 2002.Paul guided the Hitachi Extreme North expedition, arriving at the North Pole in 45 days, one of the fastest ski journeys.
North Pole 2001.Paul guided the British Millennium North Pole expedition. Fiona & Katharine became the first women to reach both Poles.
North Pole 2000. "Huskies to the Pole - In the Footsteps of Peary." With his friend Paul Crowley & two teams of dogs, they left northern Ellesmere Island on March 3rd and arrived at the North Pole 42 days later on April 13th, thus proving that Peary's 1909 claim of reaching the Pole in 38 days is within the realm of possibility.
Magnetic North Pole 1998. Paul guided an un-supported dog sled and ski expedition from Resolute to the Magnetic North Pole, covering a distance of 600 kilometers in 15 days!
Baffin Island Expedition 1990. Paul & Matty completed a circumnavigation of Baffin Island traveling 4,000 kilometers with Canadian Inuit Dogs.
Mountaineering Expeditions to South America.
1981 Peru, climbed 6 peaks including Huascaran 22,180 ft.
1983 Peru & Bolivia, climbed 4 peaks including Illimani 21,280 ft.
1986 Argentina, 2 attempts on Aconcagua
Whitewater Expeditions: Grand Canyon, Moisie, Winisk and Missinaibie rivers.
Basic River Canoeing and Outward Bound's Wilderness Canoeing Handbook.