Kerryn is a keen kiwi outdoorsman and paramedic who is passionate about the environment and mental health.
Kerryn has extensive outdoor experience since growing up on a farm in Motueka, New Zealand surrounded by an outdoor paradise. At 18, Kerryn delayed heading to university and instead spent a year at Whenua-iti Outdoors Pursuits Centre completing a Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Assistant Leadership). This course helped cultivate his passion for wild and remote places. He has hunted and climbed extensively throughout Kahurangi, Arthurs Pass, Westland, Mount Aspiring and Nelson Lakes National Parks. After completeing a bachelors degree in Zoology (ecology) at Canterbury University, Kerryn spent 12 months as a guide on Franz Joseph glacier on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. A year on the glacier developed Kerryn’s leadership skills and his ability to judge the mix of clients and weather conditions to make appropriate judgements for the enjoyment and safety of everyone. The time at Franz Joseph also tweeked Kerryn’s interest in search and rescue and installed a passion for wilderness medicine.
Kerryn, having already been involved in St John Ambulance for many years, moved back to Christchurch to further cultivate his skills as a paramedic and achieve the National Certificate in Ambulance. After 12 months of tole working with St John as a volunteer paramedic and the Red Cross as a first aid instructor, Kerryn moved to Melbourne, Australia to take up a position as a professional paramedic with the Metropolitan Ambulance Service. He has completed the Diploma of Ambulance Paramedic Studies and continues to work towards a bachelors degree. After 4 years on the streets of Melbourne Kerryn enjoys his work immensly. His next challange will be as a clincal instructor, supporting student paramedics early in their careers.
While in Melbourne, Kerryn has had extensive involvement in alpine search and rescue, supporting the Police Rescue Squad execute search and rescue operations with Alpine SAR Victoria. He also has involvement in urban search and rescue through Rescue 24 and had recently joined Lake Mountain Ski Patrol. Kerryn has explored Australia extensively, mostly as a guide with Parktrek Walking Tours were he works on a casual basis. These walking tours have taken Kerryn to many wonderful places such as Kakadu and the Flinders Ranges.
Kerryn has recently returned from Africa following a medical aid trip through Kenya and Tanzania. This experience was challanging and confronting while still extremely satisfying. Kerryn hopes to return to Africa one day to again assist with medical aid and hopefully cultivate ambulance services in remote communities.
Kerryn is always on the lookout for an adventure and so when he was asked to join an expedition to the North Pole he jumped at the opportunity. Kerryn is passionate about the environment and has been challanged by the amount of mental illness he has discovered in the community through his work. Kerryn feels this expedition combines all three of these interests and he hopes to have some impact through highlighting and educating the community about environmental and mental health issues.