A Little Paddle: To Alaska - 2023
Sanesh self-identifies as a mountain biker. When asked why he is going to paddle to Alaska, his response is "every day is leg day, so I wanted to do something to work on my triceps." Sanesh is South African born (Cape Town), but grew up in North Vancouver, BC (Lynn Valley). He has a long standing love of spending time outside, and loves all forms of bikes, camping, kayaking, snowboarding, and most recently ski touring. He sucks at skiing. And that's the fun, learning something new. Sanesh worked in the mountain bike industry for over a decade, including as a guide and instructor for 3 seasons. He guided everyone from children to professional athletes. His proudest moments in cycling are building bikes for FEST events and watching kids he coached turn cycling into a lifelong pursuit.
Sanesh holds bachelor's (BCIT) and master's (McGill) degrees in mechanical engineering, with a specialization in advanced materials manufacturing and simulation. A highlight of Sanesh's academic career is his time at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland (for professional and outdoor adventure reasons). Sanesh previously worked in composites for aerospace/space but has shifted to greener pastures and currently works as Senior Analyst at a world leader in Carbon Capture technologies.
Sanesh has explored a number of mountain ranges, including Swiss Alps, French Prealps, German Black Forest, BC Coast Mountains, Island Ranges, Chic Chocs, Laurentides, Yandang, Adirondacks, and Whites on skis, bikes, and feet. Sanesh's kayak experience is limited to the South West BC coast. He is stoked to do a little more paddling.
Nathan hails from North Vancouver. In his youth, he was convinced he wanted to be a chef and finished culinary school in 2014 before realizing that the restaurant industry wasn’t for him. Nathan then completed a Certificate of Wilderness Leadership from Capilano University in 2015 and has been working as an outdoor educator ever since. His main area of work so far has been in delivering ecology, culture, leadership, and environmental stewardship focussed expeditions for youth. Since becoming an L3 sea kayak guide in 2019, he has been looking for new ways to challenge himself and so has begun teaching Kayak skills and working in more remote environments.
As if kayaking wasn’t enough, he is also in the final semester of an environmental planning degree at Dalhousie University with certificates of indigenous studies and geographic information science to boot! When he’s not working, Nathan is an avid road cyclist, canoeist, backcountry skier, and an amateur film photographer.
He is spending this winter working on his surfing skills in Tofino while doing lodge maintenance on the side. Nathan is getting spending as much time in the water as possible in preparation for a summer of guiding in Gwaii Haanas National Park!