Born in the UK and raised variously in Northern India , Scotland and Asia , Dave had the very best foundation for a life of adventure that in now over 50 years has taken him across deserts in Afghanistan to the tops 8000m peaks in the Himalayas.
Dave discovered a passion for Sleddogs whilst mountaineering in Alaska that eventually led to over 25 years living in Alaska living the dream of traveling Alaska`s vast wilderness by dog team during Winter and guiding on wild Arctic river systems in summer.Now living in Swedish Lapland, Dave now focuses on developing the PolarQuest Training Center in addition to assisting partner Annette in their Veterinary clinic and planning new adventures wherever its cold and wild.
Originally from Wiesbaden, Germany, Annette followed on from a degree in Sports sciences with a degree in Veterinary medicine having always fostered an interest in animals and in particular, Sleddogs.
In her years as a Veterinarian, Annette has lent her Vet skills to numerous Sleddog races around the globe that incuding Stage races in Scandinavia & Europe as well as being head vet at Norway`s Femundlopet race in addition to numerous ultra long distance races in Alaska such as the Iditarod and Yukon Quest
Annette currently runs her own clinic in Lappland, teaches sleddog veterinary clinics at PolarQuest, is an accomplished and qualified ski instructor, is an avid sailor and horse rider, last year participating in a 1000 km horse race across Mongolia.
Growing up in the north of Germany, I have had many animals around me since I was little. Especially sled dogs and guard dogs and love working with these breeds. After working briefly in a husky kennel in autumn / winter last year, I now have the opportunity to see and work with the huskies at PolarQuest once again before I start my biochemistry studies in fall. In addition to a lot of smooching and swimming with the dogs, I love to ride motocross through the beautiful forest trails of Lapland.
Born and raised on the doorstep of Snowdonia, I have spent a lot of time playing in the mountains. I have worked in the outdoor industry for 5 years for different companies. In this time I have taken groups to South East Asia, worked on the Ardeche River in South of France and worked my winters out in Switzerland fixing skis and playing as much as possible! I have always dreamed about working in remote hostile environments and being part of the PolarQuest team is a big step in my career and adventurous life.
From a young age I have always had a big love for animals and always knew that I wanted to work with them. I have spent the last four years studying zoology with animal behaviour at Bangor University and looking forward to graduating this year with hopefully a first. My degree has also been a big adventure, taking me to South Africa for 6 months working with both monkeys and big cats such as lions, leopards and tigers. Working for PolarQuest is completely different and an exciting new experience that will further my career.