Svalbard Guiding Staff

Tom Wolfe
Mountain Guide (IFMGA/UIAGM)

Tom has been guiding since moving to Canmore in 1995, the place he calls home with wife, son and daughter. He guides year around, with winters being a mix of ski guiding at lodges, heli-ski operations, and remote backcountry destinations throughout western Canada. Tom is the owner of Sawback Alpine Adventures. He speaks English, German, and enough French and Spanish to get by. Tom will be on both NO20-1 and NO20-2 trips.

Larry Stanier
Mountain Guide (IFMGA/UIAGM)

Larry has worked as a guide since 1986 and in the avalanche industry since 1981. He still loves the work and sharing the mountains with guests. Larry’s favorite trips are exploring new places with enjoyable people. South Georgia Island, Svalbard, Greenland, Kashmir, Namibia and Japan are on the list for the next couple of years. Larry will be joining us on the NO20-1 trip.

Rob Coppolillo
Mountain Guide (IFMGA/UIAGM)

Joining us for our NO20-1 trip, Rob spent his 20s racing bicycles but eventually settled down to become the 98th American mountain guide. Rob speaks English, French and Italian and is also a freelance writer and the author of Holy Spokes: a Biking Bible for Everyone and The Mountain Guide ManualRob is the owner of Vetta Mountain Guides and lives in Boulder with his wife and their identical twin boys. Rob will join us for the NO20-1 trip.

Christoph Gnieser
Expedition Leader/Oceanwide Crew

Chris left a comfy university position for the vagaries of guiding a number of years ago. Research expeditions, tour guide engagements or private adventures have lured him to the Arctic and Antarctic at least for some time of each year ever since 1985. His engagements with Oceanwide Expeditions date back to 2003. He holds degrees in Geography, Geology and Cultural Anthropology. Research engagements for a Master’s degree investigated the impacts of industrial development on permafrost dynamics. His Ph.D. and later research emphasis, however, focused on Recreation Ecology of Polar Ecosystems – investigations on the environmental consequences of recreational activities at both ends of our planet. He will join us for both NO20-1 and NO20-2 expeditions.

Jim Gudjonson
Mountain Guide (IFMGA/UIAGM)
Jim has been guiding for more than 30 years, including being a regular at the Alpine Club of Canada's General Mountaineering Camp and global adventures to Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. Jim is known for maxing out the potential of a destination and delivering life-­‐changing experiences to all who dare to follow. Shunning status quo, he seeks out the path less followed. In addition to the global and Canadian trips guided for the ACC, he has also helped people fulfill their mountaineering dreams in various European destinations, Japan, Iceland, and Greenland. In the inaugural year of the ACC’s Guides’ Recognition Award, Jim was recognized by the ACC for his ongoing guiding contribution to ACC Mountain Adventures. Jim is filling in for Jorg Wilz on NO20-2 this year.