Bob Powell

Mountaineering & Kayaking Guide

Currently living in the U.S., Bob Powell is the director of the Institute for Parks at Clemson University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management and the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences. Prior to receiving his PhD from Yale University in 2005, Bob worked for many years as a whitewater and sea kayaking guide. Also a former U.S. Canoe and Kayak Team member, Bob has led commercial sea kayaking expeditions to Antarctica, South Georgia Island, Fiji, Greece, the Galapagos Islands, the Everglades National Park, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Baja, and Alaska. He has also led whitewater kayaking and rafting trips across the USA and to Chile, Australia (Tasmania), New Zealand, Nepal, Turkey, Grand Canyon, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.

In 1995-1996 Bob participated in a 50-day self-contained sea kayaking expedition to South Georgia Island. After this adventure, he developed a passion for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. From 2001- 2004 Bob returned to Antarctica and South Georgia Island as a sea kayak leader. During these voyages he also conducted research on Antarctic tourism for his dissertation. More recently Bob participated in an expedition to conduct a census of Giant Petrels on South Georgia Island. Using sea kayaks to navigate between landing locations, he and another researcher circumnavigated the island during the two month long expedition.

Bob enjoys sharing his passion for the natural world, whether leading sea kayaking trips, instructing college courses in conservation, or paddling whitewater steep creeks in the Appalachian Mountains.

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