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Ian Gordon

Ian Gordon

About Ian Gordon

Expedition Guide
Ian Gordon


Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Ian joined the Australian Army soon after graduating high school, and studied science, history and philosophy. He served in the army for 39 years, specializing in field communications. Ian’s operational deployments took him around the world, and he is proud that he was able to use his training and energy to help resolve conflicts on United Nations peacekeeping missions in Western Sahara, East Timor and the Middle East. A bibliophile, he started an independent book-publishing business after retiring from the army in 2009.

The story of polar exploration has always been an intense interest of his, and for several years, Ian has been absorbed by the expeditions of the early explorers. He loves to talk about the voyages of Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen, Mawson, Charcot, Nordenskjöld and the many others who displayed barely imaginable resilience in the face of enormous challenges.

Having first visited the Antarctic Peninsula with Quark Expeditions in 2012, Ian is enchanted with the beauty of the unspoiled environment and the diversity of the wildlife.

As a keen scuba diver, he has dived around the Australian coast, off Papua New Guinea and in the Red Sea. He loves bush walking and has hiked the Australian Alps and coastal regions.

With his love of the outdoors, books and history, Ian welcomes the never-ending opportunity to learn and explore.