PROJECT FOUNDER & ARCTIC LEADEr
Earl de Blonville FRGS
Earl's role, as the project's creator, is to
keep the vision pure and relevant to ensure that all of the project's
objectives are fully met and that the project provides a great
experience for everyone involved.
He has a lifetime of adventure and a solid
commitment to youth development and community service. As a professional
mountaineering instructor in the UK and Australia, he taught a range of
adventure activities to many ability levels. In 1986 he led Australia's
first Arctic expedition, with HRH The Prince of Wales as his patron.
His internationally released film has been shown on the BBC, ABC and
Discovery. Over several expeditions, Earl has explored half of
Greenland's navigable coast in his yacht and sea kayak.
In 1988, Earl was Director of the
internationally televised Tall Ships 5-day event at which the Prime
Minister officially opened Australia's Bicentenary celebrations. He is a
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London, and has served as
consultant to other Arctic and desert expeditions.
He has made first ascents and led many
expeditions, including scientific exploration, to mountain, desert and
Arctic regions. As a leadership trusted advisor he works with senior
executives. His acclaimed book on leadership 'Seventh Journey' is
available online from: www.earldeblonville.com
Deputy Arctic Leader
Vonna Keller WMI NOLS
Vonna has responsibly for the operation of the
whole field program, including overall logistics, adventure programs,
science program, resupply and filming operations.
She is one of Australiaís most highly skilled
outdoors professionals, with 13 years in Outdoor Education. Vonna holds
leaderís qualifications in diving, skiing and cliff rescue, and is an
instructor and senior practitioner in wilderness medicine with the
internationally acclaimed NOLS.
As a Field Training Officer and Guide with the
Australian Antarctic Division, Vonna has frontline responsibility for
the field training of scientific and support personnel as well as
large-scale supply logistics for Antarctic operations, including filming
programs, aircraft and maritime logistics and overland track vehicles,
as well as ongoing support for the extensive scientific programs.
Vonna has wide international experience
including Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, the US and Pakistan and is
an experienced wilderness filmmaker, working on productions for
Discovery, ABC, National Geographic and Australian television that
include Getaway, Survivor and Baseclimb 2 (Glen Singlemanís famous jump
from Great Trango).
Director: Arctic Leadership Program
Tyson Lehmann DipOR. BClinPrac. WMI NOLS
Tyson is responsible for development and
operation of the adventure training component of the expedition. This
will include skills training, mini adventures, exploratory treks inland
and the famous Solo experience. He is also responsible for wilderness
medicine and search and rescue.
He is an international adventure training
professional, with extensive senior qualifications in experiential
education, mountaineering, small boat handling, whitewater rescue and
wilderness medicine and life support. Tysonís leadership and management
experience extends from special operations with the Department of
Defence and Special Forces to Outward Bound in Canada and Australia, as
well as Charles Sturt University and the University of NSW.
His expeditions have taken him on extended
trips dogsledding, wilderness canoeing and mountaineering across Canada,
New Zealand, Australia and recently on assignment to Africa.
Peter the Hunter
Peter is responsible for the procurement of
fresh local Inuit food to feed the expedition. He draws on his many
years experience living the traditional Inuit lifestyle as an East
Greenland hunter. Peter is a highly experienced Arctic traveller with
intimate knowledge of the East Greenland coast and its wide range of
flora and fauna. As a hunter, he has a unique knowledge of the movement
and peculiarities of the south-flowing East Greenland Polar Current, as
well as the areaís unique seasonal weather and ice conditions.
He has a deep understanding of the local
culture and is fluent in the Greenlandic language. He is committed to
helping our Young Explorers understand Mankindís roots and our common
traditional values, and to developing their natural survival instincts.
Today he works in the timber industry in Jutland and his daughter, born
in Greenland, is a kindergarten teacher in Denmark.