Meet our PolarExplorers Team

Annie Aggens

PolarExplorers director Annie Aggens at the North PoleAnnie Aggens guided her first North Pole expedition in 2000 and has since guided expeditions at both Poles and across Greenland. She is the author of the Encyclopedia of Outdoor and Wilderness Skills and often lectures about polar history and expedition travel. She founded an organization called ICECAAP to educate people about the effects of global climate change on the Arctic and polar regions and is on the board of the International Polar Guide Association.

Chris Maher

PolarExplorers guide Chris Maher on the pack ice near the North PoleChris Maher loves cold weather and the two activities that go best with it - skiing and running dogs. His passion for the adventurous life has led him to Greenland where he has guided expeditions on both coasts and has lived in Scoresbysund. When he's not guiding or training his own dog teams you'll find him along the Canadian border running freight by dog teams for the US Forest Service. Chris is easy to like, positive, and he's got enough energy to power the sun on a cloudy day. Join him on an expedition and you'll rarely see him in a tent - he much prefers sleeping out under the 24 hour polar sun.

Nancy Moundalexis

PolarExplorers guide Nancy Moundalexis near the North PoleNancy Moundalexis may hold our annual record for the most nights spent under the stars, or the midnight sun as is often the case! Besides guiding for PolarExplorers she works with the US Forest Service as a wilderness ranger traveling & patrolling Minnesota's boundary between Canada and the USA. Her mode of travel? Dogsled in the winter, canoe in the summer. She also spends a chunk of time each year guiding and doing logistical support work in Antarctica. Nancy's friendly smile and fun-loving personality will help to keep you warm on the coldest of days. She's always in search of the perfect cup of coffee so if a morning java is a part of your daily routine you'll appreciate having Nancy as a guide. She loves the subtle and beautiful colors of the pack ice and sharing the wonders of the world's coldest climates with her teams.

Dirk Jensen

PolarExplorers guide Dirk Jensen at the South PoleBefore Dirk Jensen started guiding North Pole expeditions for PolarExplorers he led expeditions and traveled extensively in the Canadian sub-arctic. You could say that the Arctic-fever bug bit him hard. He's guided both North and South Pole expeditions and he loves the high latitudes. His passion is photography and he's always trying out new lenses or camera systems to see how they perform in the cold. People love Dirk for his easygoing personality and his technical knowledge of everything from the pack-ice to the gear that we use.

Keith Heger

PolarExplorers guide Keith Heger at the North PoleKeith Heger is a master at navigating rubble zones and he is famous for cooking up delicious fajitas après ski. He has guided more than a dozen North Pole, South Pole and Greenland Crossing expeditions. Keith is a gear head, he loves to talk about gizmos and gadgets relating to polar travel. You just might find him testing out the newest piece of kit during an expedition. In his free time you'll find him SUP boarding with his two sons or teaching them how to ski.

Chris Paustian

PolarExplorers guide Chris Paustian near the North PoleChris Paustian loves the cold and always prefers to be on the water, even if it's frozen. During winter storms Chris likes to play "surf & turf", that's an hour of surfing the swells of Lake Michigan followed by an hour of skiing. He loves to share his passion for the outdoors with other adventurers, especially in the Arctic. If you like spicy food, be sure to sit near Chris at mealtimes. He is the official PolarExplorers hot sauce thaw-master. When he's not on expedition, you can find Chris kayaking, paddleboarding and surfing the Great Lakes regardless of wind, rain or snow.

Rick Sweitzer

PolarExplorers founder and guide Rick Sweitzer on AconcoguaRick Sweitzer created and co-guided the first ever dogsled and ski expedition to the North Pole for amateur adventurers in 1993. Since then he has guided well over a dozen expeditions to the North and South Poles. Rick has been guiding winter mountaineering and ski expeditions for the last 25 years. He is an expert at spinning the "fun meter" and often hosts a "cocktail hour" in his tent at night. He is a legend in the industry and a great companion on the ice!

Ryan Allen

PolarExplorers guide Ryan Allen inside an igloo near the North PoleRyan Allen has been skiing the backcountry since he was a kid. His experience in the extreme cold makes him perfect for the polar regions. He is a first class chef (he's been on the Bobby Flay show on the Food Network!) Join him on an expedition and you'll enjoy his easy personality, great stories and excellent appetizers!

 

Taylor Sweitzer

PolarExplorers guide Taylor Sweitzer on AconcaguaTaylor Sweitzer first traveled to the North Pole when he was only 9 years old then came back at age 15 to become the youngest person to ski the last degree to the Pole. He's also climbed several of the world's tallest peaks. But you would never know this from talking with him. He is humble, soft spoken and more interested in other people's experiences. Taylor has guided at both Poles and around the world. You'll enjoy his tendency to celebrate the best parts of any situation and he is quicker than lightning to lend a hand whenever one is needed. 

Eric Lillstrom

Eric at Polar Shakedown 2014

Eric came to Polar Explorers with an extensive, well-rounded background in a wide variety of outdoor skills. His real strengths lie in his teamwork and problem-solving abilities. His empathetic nature and fun personality are put to good use helping our Polar Expeditioners  reach their goals. Eric is an avid backpacker, bow-hunter, and fisherman. His advice is, “Take every opportunity offered to enjoy nature. Experiencing the outdoors is what keeps us  grounded and allows us to appreciate our day-to-day lives.” 

 
 
 

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