Interview with Conservation Biologist Dr.Fernando Gonzalez

© Ben Sullivan.

Doctor Fernando Mateos-González is a Spanish biologist with a PhD in Animal Behaviour who has volunteered as a Leader for British Exploring Society (BES) on their expeditions to the Peruvian Amazon in 2017, the Canadian Yukon in 2018 and Iceland, by sail boat, in 2019.

Páramo, as official kit provider to BES, were lucky enough to secure an interview with Fernando, to hear more about his trips and work…

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Ski to the Edge sets off: a 600 Mile Yukon Wilderness Expedition

Yukon Government Archives photo shows Alex Van Bibber, Curly Desrosiers and Harry Cooper in the Firth River area in 1948. (Alex Van Bibber collection, 92/28 #15, Yukon Archives)

The late Alex Van Bibber was a child of the Gold Rush era in the Yukon Territories, born in 1916. In 1943, he led the Canoil expedition to find a new oil pipeline route as a result of concerns over the Japanese landing on the nearby Aleutian Islands. We were hugely privileged to hear Alex’s stories first hand as he gave us his last interview in 2014, at the age of 98. He shared tales of rafting to school from their home in Fort Selkirk to Dawson City with him, as the oldest child aged 13, in charge. He later starred in films about the Yukon, ‘Challenge to be free’ and ‘The Last Trapper’, he took the Chicago mob hunting and even took the Kennedy family up Mount Kennedy. His life was full of rich adventures as a guide, instructor and rescuer – the modern day title of ‘legend’ was well deserved.

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