Lecturers & Guides

Fathom Expeditions’ voyages are led by a hand-picked guide and lecture team with decades of Polar and expedition cruise experience particularly in Antarctica and the High Arctic. Fathom itself is owned by expedition leader David German.  David has completed over 65 small ship voyages to Antarctica over 15 years and his passion and enthusiasm continues to know no bounds.

In remote Polar and wilderness areas, guides are critical to the enjoyment and success of your expedition cruise by choosing landings; driving boats; leading safely and sharing their expertise onboard and in the field. You can be sure to travel with some of the world’s most accomplished and acclaimed experts during Fathom Expeditions' custom journeys. A few of our present and past guides are below.

Fathom Expeditions’ voyages are led by a hand-picked guide and lecture team with decades of Polar and expedition cruise experience particularly in Antarctica and the High Arctic. Fathom itself is owned by expedition leader David German.  David has completed over 65 small ship voyages to Antarctica over 15 years and his passion and enthusiasm continues to know no bounds.

In remote Polar and wilderness areas, guides are critical to the enjoyment and success of your expedition cruise by choosing landings; driving boats; leading safely and sharing their expertise onboard and in the field. You can be sure to travel with some of the world’s most accomplished and acclaimed experts during Fathom Expeditions' custom journeys. A few of our present and past guides are below.

Capt. Bob Wallace +

Antarctic Historian, Master Boat Builder and actor ("Shackleton")

Captain Bob WallaceBob Wallace is an Antarctic ice-ship captain, master boat craftsman and plays the character Shackleton in the film Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure. Bob is a salt of the sea. He’s taken his vessel, the Able-J, down to Antarctica over a dozen times to explore the Peninsula Region. Bob is a superb story-teller with a tremendous knowledge of the Endurance Expedition.

Bob is a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Explorer's Club and has spent over 5 months investigating the coastline of South Georgia Island.

Dr. Deirdre Galbraith, M.D. +

Expedition Doctor and Guide

Deirdre GalbraithDr. Deirdre Galbraith has exceptional experience in remote world medical care. She has worked in hospitals in Scotland and Australia, on expeditions to Antarctica and South Georgia, and at the Mount Everest Base Camp. She has guided general travelers, Everest climbers and student groups to the far reaches of the planet.

Deirdre has a strong passion for sub-antarctic botany with a collection of plants in the Dundee Botanical Gardens in Scotland.

David German +

Founder and Expedition Leader

David GermanDavid German is the president of Fathom Expeditions. He led the Antarctic IMAX film teams to produce the film Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure. He is a CANON professional photographer, a naturalist and expedition leader with 65 Antarctic voyages to date. David gained much of his passion on a 2-month overland of remote, wildlife-filled South Georgia Island. He is a Polar conservationist and owner of Fathom Expeditions. David also has a huge passion for the Canadian, Greenlandic and European Arctics.

Dave Hahn +

Guest Lecturer and Guide

Dave HahnDave Hahn is a mountain-climbing-guide, lecturer and journalist from Taos, New Mexico in the Southwestern United States.

He is best known for reaching the summit of Mt. Everest 15 times (a record for non-Sherpa climbers) and for participating in several improbable high altitude rescues. Hahn was instrumental in three expeditions to Everest’s North Side; searching for clues as to the fate of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, lost on the mountain in 1924. He documented the 1999 discovery of Mallory’s body at 27,000 ft.

Dave Hahn has also guided extensively in Antarctica, having reached its highest point, the Vinson Massif, a record 25 times. He has made a specialty out of the Shackleton Traverse, Mt. Vinson and the South Pole in the course of numerous expeditions by ship and boat to South Georgia and has been a regular field-guide and lecturer for Fathom Expeditions on trips to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Hahn works with climbers each year on Mt. Rainier and Mt. McKinley in North America, and is a professional ski patroller conducting on-slope rescues and avalanche control work near his home in the Southern Rocky Mountains. He writes for Outside Magazine and has contributed to several books and to many websites following his adventures through the years.

Elizabeth Schaefer +

Assistant Expedition Leader

Elizabeth SchaeferElizabeth, raised in the US mid-west, set a goal for herself at 16 to "see the world" and she made it to the Last Continent in 1999 with Fathom Expeditions.

She is an international guide and world traveler. She has been living out west for over 20 years where she is a certified guide taking groups up Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the "lower 48". She is an expert horse woman and breeder who has raised llamas and horses on her 200 acre ranch.

Elizabeth guides our Patagonia extensions and manages shipboard operations in Antarctica.

Norma and Maurice Joseph +

Photography Guides

Norma and Maurice JosepNorma and Maurice Joseph are Fellows of the Royal Geographic Society.

Mrs. Joseph is the ex-chair of the Royal Photographic Society and an elected Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for her work in conservation, lecturing, photography and responsible tourism.

Their exhibits have graced the walls of Sotheby's, the British Museum and the Hamilton Gallery in London, among others. Aswell, works by the Joseph's taken on previous Fathom Expedition voyages can be seen in the 2005 Royal Geographic Society calendar.

They have photographed over 120 countries around the world.

Dr. David Munro +

Director, Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Dr. David MunroDr. David Munro is the world's leading authority on the Scotia Antarctic Expedition of 1902-04 and the exploits of pioneering scientist and explorer Sir William Bruce. He has led several research expeditions to the tropical forests of Central America.

Dr. Munro is a Member of the Council of the National Trust for Scotland and he is a frequent contributor to a variety of expedition reports, magazines, newspapers and radio broadcasts.

Constantine von Flotow +

James Caird Captain and Expedition Guide

Constantine von FlotowConstantine has been guiding water based expeditions, including sailing, white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking, for the better part of 15 years. He captains' our replica of Shackleton's lifeboat, the James Caird, while in the Antarctic. His sailing experience includes Yacht and Dinghy racing in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Coastal Mexico, Australia, Fiji and the British Virgin Islands. His major ocean experience includes the return leg of the Sydney- Hobart Race, and Coastal Chartering in BVI and Pacific coastal Mexico.

His travels have taken him all throughout Europe, South and Central America, Mexico, and North America. He has over 120 white water descents and hundreds of kilometres of wilderness exploration paddling. Constantine is fully trained in Wilderness First Aid, Advanced Swift Water Rescue techniques and Navigation.

Conrad Anker +

Guest Lecturer and Guide

Conrad AnkerConrad Anker is one of North America’s top explorers and a passionate Antarctic and Shackleton enthusiast. Inspired by Shackleton, he crossed South Georgia Island accompanied by Reinhold Messner and Stephen Venables in 2000.

He has also pioneered explorations of Antarctica’s interior mountains (Queen Maud Land, National Geographic) and he is world-renown for his discovery of George Mallory’s body on Mount Everest thereby ending decades of debate on who was first to reach the summit.

Rob Reader +

Polar Historian

Rob ReaderRobert Reader is a larger-than-life veteran of over 65 Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. His six-foot-two frame, coupled with his enthusiastic story-telling expertise brings Antarctic history alive as we travel in the realm of the great explorers. Robert is intimately familiar with the heroic Age of Exploration and the pioneers who first ventured to the bottom and top of the world. He will cover the dramatic endeavours of the Endurance, Nordenskjold, Charcot, Scott, Bellinghausen and much more.

Rob lectures on Antarctic glaciology and ocean systems, and his skills driving Zodiacs are unmatched.

Kris Erickson +

Photography and Hiking Guide

Kris EricksonKris is an acclaimed Polar and Extreme Sports photographer who has ventured to the "Last Continent" half a dozen times. He has guided with Fathom Expeditions in Antarctica and South Georgia Island.  Kris ran logistics for the South Pole marathon. He's a North Face athlete and a former EXUM mountain guide. Kris's photography has been featured in National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Patagonia, Saudi Aramco World and several of other to International outdoor publications.

Kris's guiding and extreme skiing skills matched with his photography allow him to capture images from rare viewpoints and locations. His seminars and field outings enhance the trip experience for Fathom guests.

Kris recently satisfied a personal goal by being the first-ever American male to ski the world's 8th highest mountain, Cho Oyu.  He currently resides in Livingston, Montana.

Graham Bell +

Ornithologist and Lecturer

Graham Bell Graham is a well-known British ornithologist who is a specialist in bird identification. He frequently contributes articles and illustrations to many different publications and has been published not only in local newspapers but the Lonely Planet Nature Guide to the Arctic as well.

Graham is a Guided Walks Leader for the Northumberland Coutryside Service in England and has traveled widely, studying, drawing and photographing birds on all seven continents.

Edwin C. Bowers IV (a.k.a. Bean) +

Expedition Guide and Lecturer

Bean BowersIt is with profound sadness and respect that we share news of the passing of our friend and guide, Bean Bowers, after his six-month battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bean’s wife, Helen, and his family. Friends and loved ones have teamed up to help the Bowers with the enormous financial burdens of cancer treatment by starting a website www.beanfever.com. The good-guy team lost a Captain here. We will miss you, Bean.

Edwin has been instructing guides and mountain safety since 1995. Recently, he guided and coordinated logistics for Antarctica's first-ever South Pole marathon. He is an instructor with NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School, and at Prescott College, the US's leading guide training school. His ongoing work includes field positions with the Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, Alaska Mountaineering School and Patagonia Adventure Expeditions. Bean has led clients up Aconcagua, the highest peak in the western hemisphere at 23,000 feet. His mountain accomplishments include summits in Patagonia, Alaska, Colorado, Antarctica, British Columbia and Bolivia.

Edwin manages aspects of mountain safety during Fathom's walks and hikes allowing expeditioners to experience the magic of high point views across THE ICE.

Mark Holden-Hindley +

Mark Holden-HindleyMark Holden-Hindley has ventured to Antarctica, South Georgia and the High Arctic by land and by sea since 1999. He guides and manages Zodiac operations and the Fathom team of boat drivers. Mark led two IMAX film team as they retraced the routes of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew across the Antarctic.  Mark is also our marine safety officer, an expert on polar bears, gun safety and wilderness travel standards while on shore. Mark has snowboarded and skied in the French Alps and enjoyed logging first descents in never-before skied places such as South Georgia Island, Sub-Antarctica.  Mark is founder of Cap Ferrat Watersports hosting world-class athletes for a range of sports and competitions.

Vincent Cattaneo +

Vincent CattaneoVincent is a director, camerman and editor with Fidelis Films' Nature Unit since 2004. He is a regular professional cinematographer on Fathom Expeditions' voyages. He has no fear of the extreme environs and Vincent has shot footage of polar bears, narwhal - unicorn of the Arctic, penguins, elephant seals and all major polar marine mammals. From the peaks of the Antarctic to the shores of the Northwest Passage, Vincent is the go-to person for supreme wildlife and adventure footage. Vincent has shot in a range of locations with Fathom Expeditions including Greenland, Northwest Passage Canada, South Georgia Island and the Falkland Islands (Sub-Antarctica) and Antarctica. Vincent is presently editing a feature film in Ville France. It is due for release in December.

Dr. James Fenton +

Dr. James FentonJames is an author and an experienced Scottish and Polar lecturer and naturalist. He has also spent much time at sea, lecturing and touring to both ends of the earth. He is particularly knowledgeable about the natural history of the UK and its islands, the Arctic, Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands. As a general purpose ecologist, with a botanical leaning, he also has direct experience of many other parts of the world (e.g. Europe, South America, South Africa, Galapagos, Maldives). James has worked for The National Trust of Scotland, The British Antarctic Survey and Scottish National Heritage. James lends his vast experience and skills to Fathom Expeditions Pure Hebrides trip which explores the history, scenery, nature and culture of this amazing archipelago. His knowledge of the intricate gardens, isolated wilderness areas, wildlife and customs is unparalleled for this outlying region. He is the author of "A Field Guide to Ice".