My name is Wendy Fowler and I’m a graphic designer at Scott Thornley + Company in Toronto, Canada. I’ve designed the brochure for Quark Expeditions for the last three seasons. Creating this lovely booklet though is really a group effort. The team here at STC includes a production manager, a proofreader, a photo editor/colour specialist, an account manager, and our creative director. Not to mention, of course, the team at Quark Expeditions with whom we work closely. Creating the brochure is an exciting time around the studio, and it's always rewarding to see the final product.
The Quark Ground Team (stationed in Ushuaia, Argentina) is an invaluable extension of both the Quark onboard expeditions team as well as the head office team, and the only one of its kind with an office stationed at the jumping off point for Antarctica. I recently had a chance to speak with Marcelo Vanecek via phone during one of his regularly busy days in-and-out of the office. Marcelo is Quark’s Ushuaia Services Manager and essentially coordinates the ease of travel for Quark passengers upon their arrival (and departure) in Ushuaia.
By Rachel Hilton, VP Marketing & Product
In May of 2013, I had the pleasure of attending a preview of the Royal BC Museum’s current exhibit, Race to the End of the Earth, which recounts Scott and Amundsen’s separate journeys through Antarctica in the contest to reach the South Pole. Quark Expeditions was one of the sponsors of the exhibition.
Meet Quark's kayaking expert: Solan Jensen. Born and raised in coastal Alaska, Solan works as a kayak ranger and guide specializing in multi-day sea kayak trips. A highlight of his career, Solan was the co-leader of one of the first commercially guided overnight sea kayak expeditions in Antarctica. Below is an exclusive blog post from Solan:
In cooler temperatures, warm becomes the new black. No other brand has stood the test of time in polar fashion stronger than trailblazer, Helly Hansen. The brand started back in 1877 when Norwegian Captain Helly Juell Hansen and his wife Margarethe began producing jackets, trousers, sou'westers and tarpaulins, made from coarse linen soaked in linseed oil.
Our time amongst the Viking spirits was over we headed north and prepared people for our first visit to an Inuit community. An extensive recap highlighted the cultural, social, and economical aspects of these communities. People were excited to visit this remote outpost and move into the next phase of our journey. Yes, I have broken this trip into three phases: wilderness / historical, cultural, and wilderness / ice.
Below is an insightful update from Alex McNeil, who is Quark's Expedition Leader on the Greenland Explorer. Alex has a strong passion for the polar regions, and has traveled extensively in the Arctic and Antarctic, completing nearly 100 expeditions:
As someone who has truly been bitten by the Arctic bug, I was chomping at the bit to see Antarctica. And as the newest member of the Quark sales team, I was looking forward to seeing a Quark expedition in action. Like most salespeople it is easier to sell something you have experienced and even easier if you are genuinely passionate about it. Would it stack up to my experiences in the Arctic? Would I be able to sell Antarctica as passionately as I can sell the Arctic? And more importantly, would I get sick crossing the Drake Passage? (Yes. Yes. And NO!)