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Alan McPherson

About Alan McPherson

Expedition Guide


After finishing medical school, Alan spent 5 years conducting inshore marine biology and human physiology research with the British Antarctic Survey. He overwintered at the Signy Island and Rothera research stations and was fortunate to be one of the last dog team drivers in Antarctica.

Alan’s post-graduate training in Scotland was in emergency medicine and diving medicine. Trained as a commercial diver, he worked as a diving medic in the North Sea before moving to the Canadian Arctic to work and run dogs for 2 years. For the last 20 years, he has worked in the emergency department in Juneau, Alaska.

Mountaineering has been Alan’s lifelong passion. After a traditional Scottish climbing apprenticeship, he climbed in Europe and Norway, and while in medical school, he took part in a ski crossing and ascent of some of Spitzbergen’s central peaks. He has also participated in expeditions to Makalu, G2, Manasalu and K2 and led climbs as a guide.

While living in Alaska, Alan built a steel sailboat and sailed over 40,000 miles (64,400 km) with his children as crew. For the last 5 years, he has spent 1 or 2 months each year as a guide in Antarctica.

He is happy to be returning to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions.