Our very own special forces team!
Arctic Blast 2001 dogs were originally bred by Will Steger for his use
during his many Polar
travels. Over the last 20 years, the dogs and their ancestors have
been crossing the Arctic and Antarctica for tens of thousands of miles
on training trips and expeditions.
Polar Huskies are bigger, broader and heavier than their better-known
cousin, the Alaskan Husky which are primarily used for racing.
Our dogs are bred for greater endurance and
tolerance of extreme weather. They are very strong, friendly, and
extremely loyal. Each has a unique personality that is an important
component of the team.
A former world
champion downhill skier, Paul was a team member of 1995 International
Arctic Project, or I.A.P., a four-month traverse of the Arctic Ocean by
dog sled and canoe hauling (see National Geographic, January 1996). He has racked up over 10,000 miles
of winter and arctic travel in frigid
locales from northern Minnesota to Alaska to Hudson Bay. In 1997, Paul led a 400-mile dog
sled journey along the Bering Sea for Japanese television. He is
founder of Midstates Recycling and NOMADS Adventure & Education.
Mille has arctic
travel in her genes. Her great grandfather was famous Arctic explorer Morten Porsild,
a contemporary of Robert Peary. She began working with
the IAP in 1992, logging thousands of miles behind dog teams. Born in
Copenhagen, Denmark, she is a published author and fluent in five
languages. Mille is co-founder of NOMADS Adventure & Education.
She is an enthusiastic educator dedicated to promoting environmental
responsibility, cultural understanding, and the joys of arctic travel.
There are two
things that dictate Eric's life: education and the outdoors. His
first foray into the world of wilderness travel began with a week long
canoe trip when he was ten weeks old. Since then, he has
adventured and guided extensively in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Minnesota
and the West. His educational background is rooted in
science with practical and formal training as an environmental
educator. Professionally, Eric's path has taken him from backcountry
ranger to guide to naturalist to curriculum and science coordinator at Eagle Bluff, a
nationally accredited environmental learning center. He is also in the process of completing a
Masters of Education degree. Eric has been a dog musher since
Director of video production.
Logan is the founder of Atlanta-based
Round Trip Television (RTT). He has decades of experience in broadcast
production and is a Cable Ace nominated producer of international
adventure and educational programming. Prior to forming RTT, he and
his wife Marnie spent several years producing outdoors programming for
ESPN and ESPN2.
Phone: 404-816 0962
Equipment Manager and Dog
From Denmark, Thomas came
to Nomads looking for a new adventure. His travel resume
includes a motorcycle trip from Europe to Nepal, backpacking in Asia,
and scuba diving in Australia. Thomas' work experience is
equally diverse from accountant to rancher in Australia. Thomas is currently planning a motorcycle
trip from Alaska to Chile. He has single handedly (literally, he
recently fractured two bones in his hand) packed and prepared most of
team Arctic Blast's gear. Thomas has also enjoyed training the
Polar Huskies mushing through northern Minnesota's wilderness.
Dog Trainer and Equipment Advisor.
Jens, a native of
Denmark, has been with Nomads (on and off) for the past five years.
Just back from managing an eight month de-mining program in Kosovo, Jens
once again came to the kennel in Minnesota donating his time and efforts. He is currently finishing a Master's of Economics
degree at University in Copenhagen. Jens was also a U.N. soldier
in the Danish Royal Guards. He has adventured in Norway, France,
Switzerland, and Canada and enjoys white water kayaking and back
country skiing. The Arctic Blast 2001 Polar Huskies owe their
excellent physique and conditioning to Jens' well planned training
online "guerilla" marketing strategies. For Chad, the "WWW"
really means the "Wild, Wild West." He has
developed and founded some of Minnesota’s most prolific Web sites
such as CanoeCountry.com. He
has presented and taught outdoor environmental education
programming at the Minnesota Raptor Center, MN Department of Natural
Resources, and various educational and adventure programs in
the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Chad brings a combination of exceptional education and
technological expertise to the Arctic Blast team.
Phone: 218-387 2075