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MATT SPENCELEY & HELEN RUSSEL

GUIDES

Matt Spenceley

My way of life has taken shape around the passion and inspiration I gain from skiing and climbing in wild mountains and the special people I travel with and meet there.

Together with my partner Helen, I spend at least half the year based in our adopted home of Kulusuk, a tiny Inuit viilage in East Greenland.  Set amongst a vast region of alpine ranges, fjords and huge glaciers, the area offers many lifetimes of brilliant ski and climbing exploration in super-remote, big mountains.  In winter, I travel a lot looking for exciting skiing, this year in the Alps, Japan, British Columbia and Northern Norway.

Over the years, I’ve focussed on different disciplines, from competing at the Ice Climbing World Championships to making crossings of Greenland’s Icecap, telemark skiing and exploratory alpinism.  I’m an IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide and run a small outfit called Pirhuk, specialising in Greenland exploratory skiing and climbing expeditions.   Adventurous free skiing and ski mountaineering are my big passions, experiencing pristine wildness, fascinating cultures and skiing beautiful lines, all with folk with a similar sense of wonder.

 

 

 

 

 Helen Russell

Born in the English Lake District, I’ve spent much of my life in the hills.  Riding over the fells or climbing on the crags that surround my childhood home, I’ve always been happiest in wild places.

Nowadays, free skiing and ski mountaineering are my big passions and have taken me to so many beautiful places, whether it was the time minke whales surrounded our boat in a remote Icelandic fjord, skiing perfect spring corn in the Lofoten Islands or November powder in the Italian Alps.  Together with my partner Matt Spenceley, I travel throughout the winter, searching out adventurous skiing – this year, in the Alps, Japan, Canada, Greenland and Norway!  We run a guiding company together called Pirhuk (Light Snow in Greenlandic!), specialising in expeditions to Greenland.  Every March the first light days of the Arctic spring takes us back to our adopted home, a tiny village on the east coast of Greenland.  There, our spring season is made up of exploratory ski mountaineering, searching out first ski descents and exploring the frozen wilderness by dog sled with local friends.

When the snow’s melted, I spend summers leading small groups on wild treks around East Greenland – 24-hour sunlight, iceberg-filled fjords, no paths, polar bears and outrageous scenery, it’s a magic way to explore such a special place.