Russell grew up in a sea kayaking family on the rugged west coast of Canada with parents that pushed him and his brother to get out there and challenge themselves. He tries his best to do that on a regular basis and it seems to get him to some cool places and in some interesting situations.
For the last decade Russell has bounced around British Columbia working as a ski patroller in the winters, guide and outdoor educator in the summers, and pulled off some large scale expeditions in between. The most impressive of these being a 6500 kilometre seven month sea kayak trip from Brazil to Florida with his brother.
Russell has recently shifted gears in life and become a paramedic with the British Columbia Ambulance Service. While working part-time, he still manages to hold onto his passion for the outdoors through guiding and exploring the mountains, rivers, and oceans whenever possible.