At the Wild Lodge our team is made up of both full time and freelance staff plus a few tech advisors/guest instructors.
Below is a little bit about some of our Key team leaders and tech advisors.
Robin Lloyd – UK
Robin has been ‘into’ outdoor and adventure sports as long as he can remember, luckily his parents encouraged him in this sending him to try any sport he showed an interest in when he was young, and from the unlikely setting of Norkolk UK (very flat and benign) he developed a love for whitewater kayaking and surfing and spent his teenage years and college years kayaking, surfing, hillwalking, climbing, caving, diving and biking around the UK. After graduating as a construction engineer he spent a year in the Uk before leaving on a surf/paddle trip to Asia. Coming to Thailand 15 years ago for a party he got way laid and never really left. He began teaching diving in the Southern Island of Koh Tao and after a couple of years moved to Sri Lanka to set up a diving operation and adventure sports business working with the existing Thailand based dive school, 12 months later he returned to Thailand saw the opportunity for adventure sports here and The Wild Planet was born.
Robin’s first love is still whitewater kayaking and now at 39 finding himself ‘the old boy” he is currenty trying to master more playboating moves in order not to get left behind by the younger paddlers. Robin has extensive experience expeditioning in Thailand and can always be found paddling or raft guiding on any of our longer whitewater expeditions.
Graham Wardle – UK
Graham is an International School teacher, currently working in Bangkok where he lives wife his wife and daughter. For the past 26 years, he was worked in the field of Outdoor Education, as a coach, manager, senior development officer and teacher. He has paddled, rafted, dived, trekked and climbed in 35 countries. He is a British Canoe Union Level 5 Coach Raft Guide and Rescue 3 Swift Water Rescue Instructor. He holds British Mountaineering Council, rock climbing and mountaineering awards as well as been a keen and avid PADI Scuba Instructor. He has been instrumental in the development of White Water Safety & Rescue techniques in the UK and Europe, along with the development of coach education schemes.
David Milne – UK
Dave Milne has been actively involved in the outdoor adventure industry since 1988 From mountaineering in England, Scotland, Wales and Greenland to canyoning, scuba diving and white water rafting in Australia. He moved to Thailand in 1998 where he has been teaching scuba diving, as well as heading up outdoor adventure activity programs and IYA programs for International Schools in the region. Dave is a PADI IDC Staff instructor, an SSI Master Instructor, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer, a BCU Level 3 Inland Kayak Coach, a Swift Water Rescue Technician and has a Bsc (hons) in Environmental Science..
Dave is Bangkok based where he lives with his wife Ai (also a qualified Scuba Instructor) and his son Joshua. When not in Asia he is a keen skier, and thinks that the only thing missing from Thailand is snowy peaks.
Ben Grasser – France
Ben had always been climbing the trees around his village from a very young age, so his parents had the good idea to send him to the rock climbing and caving association when he was big enough at 11 years old. He’s from the East of France, province of Jura, not far from the Alps so he spent his teenage years pursued outdoor and mountain sports. At 18 years old he left school and went to the entrance examination for the French official rock climbing school (named CREPS). After three years of technical stage/examination with the Mountaineering and Climbing French Federation he qualified as a Rock Climbing and Canyoning instructor and Mountain Guide (BEES).
After travelling around Europe and north of Africa climbing, in 2001 the came for one month to Thailand to climb the sea cliffs of the Krabi area. He is still here several years later having met and married his wife Joy (also a climber) and now spends his spare time bolting new routes in Central and Northern Thailand and when not advising the Wild Lodge he works as a ropes course designer and erector and offshore on rope access contracts. Ben collaborated with us on the design and erection of our high ropes course and Zip wire. The second half of 2008 projects for Ben at The Wild Lodge include the protection and surveying of our proposed dry canyon route from the Khao Mot Deng Plateau and the finalising of alternative abseil and canyon routes on Than Rattana Waterfall.
Wallepon Tedrumpun “Bim” – Thailand
Bim has been working with the Wild Planet for a good many years now and has personally guided a large number of discovery and overland tours the length and breadth of Thailand. Nowadays she only guides the more exotic overseas programs and when not doing this or Thai MC work works with us arranging logistics and running our larger residential programs. That is not to say she has no experience of adventure sports, she has been know to guide the odd raft on the Mae teng and Nam Wa rivers and can often be found facilitating low ropes and trekking programs. Bim will be developing our new agriculture programs in the latter part of 2008 and launching the thai language corporate training programs at The Wild Lodge
Nutthawat Boon-you ‘Num’ – Thailand
Num is responsible for the organisation and leading of all of our freelance Thai river guides. He has extensive experience with student groups and logistics involved with multi day raft trips. He has worked with the Wild Planet for a number of years and been instrumental in developing the routes on some of our more strenuous outdoor programs. In addition to his water based skills Num is a skilled ropes facilitator and often instructs on our new staff training programs.
In the off season Num can be found on the Nam Wa in Nan running mutli day trips with his own guiding company Sabai Dee on Tour.
Witoon Boon-you ‘Noo’ – Thailand
Num's younger brother and another skilled river guide and a great campfire cook. If Num isn’t at the helm of a multi day whitewater trip, then Noo will be. Noo is also a skilled ropes facilitator and safety guide and also spends the off season in Nan rafting the Nam Wa with Sabai Dee on Tour.
Ronnakorn Maleewat ‘Te’ – Thailand
Te is a skilled outdoorsman who has led rafting trips, climbing program and a number of different residential trips. He however is normally found at the sharp end, operating bank safety, belay or as first aider on the potential mishap spots of our outdoor programs. When not doing this Te is an in demand as a program facilitator running a number of corporate and management development programs in and around Bangkok for Thai clients.
Alex Brodard – Swiss/French
Alex is based in Chiang Mai were he runs Contact Travel his adventure travel company. The Wild Planet and Contact Travel have worked together jointly on programs throughout Thailand for many years and continue to collaborate on residential trips in the North utlising the River camp and hill Tribe village sites Alex has developed over the last few years.
Alex is a very experienced Mountain bike and trekking guide and has run numerous large biking and adventure trips. He is a recent convert to whitewater kayaking and has just completed his BCU Level 2 coach award.
Coming in 2009 we plan on development an adventure sports holiday program that links both the Wild Lodge and Northern River camp and Hilltribe village sites.
Reto Kalberer – Swiss/German
Reto is mostly found in the North of Thailand running our Mae Teng valley multi day expeditions where he lives with his wife and two daughters. A relative newcomer to adventure sports, his fluent grasp of the Thai language and culture coupled with younger years spent in the army and his passion for the outdoors means that in the last three years he has become a skilled trip leader.
Of course the fact that he is Swiss German means that everything he does is precise making him the ideal logistics organiser for our large group programs.
Pete Bluck – UK
Sri Lankan based Pete is “Mr mountain biking”, originally working with us in both Sri Lanka and Thailand establishing numerous bike routes in the late nineties, Pete occasionally comes over to scope out new routes for us in the region when not operating the extensive bike touring programs that he has both in Southern India and Sri Lanka.
Pete is also a skilled rafting guide and has hosted us in Sri Lanka for whitewater trips. In 2008/2009 we hope to be visiting Pete in Kerala, Southern India to scope out the local rivers there.