Steve Sunny Whitfield

Managing Director
Expedition Planning Manager

Steve has been working in the expedition, adventure travel and medical industries for more than 15 years. He began as a recon scout / patrol signaller in the Australian Army where he deployed to Iraq, East Timor, Hawaii and Thailand before working as an expedition leader/ medic and eventually a paramedic. In 2015 he founded a not for profit project that successfully deployed multiple medical teams into remote areas of Nepal to support community health care access with business partner Mick, and together they have been developing the core project since. Steve holds a Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership, a Bachelors of Health Science, a Diploma of Journalism, Diploma of Security and Risk Management and numerous outdoor adventure qualifications including rock climbing, abseiling, scuba diving, skydiving and kayaking. An avid adventurer, climber, surfer and diver, his travels have taken him to over 80 countries so far, with many more adventures planned. Steve has specialised in marine, desert and high altitude (<6000m) expeditions and is currently a Wilderness Medical consultant, an associate Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and a Fellow candidate for the Wilderness Medical Society and always on the lookout for opportunities to increase his knowledge of the worlds geography and humanity. He has two young children that he cannot wait to share the world with.

Expeditions

  • 2016 Expedition Leader – Nepal (expedition medic course)
  • 2015 Expedition Leader – Helambu (humanitarian mission)
  • 2014 Expedition Leader – Nepal (altitude 4800 meters)
  • 2014 Expedition Leader – Mongolia (Gobi Desert)
  • 2013 Mount Superbus Horseshoe (searching for old plane crash)
  • 2013 Trainer and Assessor -Asia / Pacific Training Team
  • 2012 Expedition Leader –  Botswana (Kalahari Desert)
  • 2012 Expedition Leader – Borneo (jungle)
  • 2011 Expedition Leader – Indian Himalayas (alt. 4650m)
  • 2010 Multiday kayaking expedition Stardbroke islands
  • 2010 Expedition Leader – India Uttarakand (alt. 4000m)
  • 2010 Expedition Member – New Zealand (Mt Aylmer)
  • 2009 Multiday kayaking expedition Inishbofin Islands, Ireland
  • 2009 Expedition Leader – Patagonia Los Glaciares National Park
  • 2009 Expedition Member – Morocco (Sahara Desert)
  • 2009 Expedition Member – Ireland (Maumturk Passage)
  • 2008 Expedition Assistant – Sinai Peninsula (camel based remote desert diving)
  • 2007 Solo Multiday Trekking Expedition – Lapland (Arctic)
  • 2007 Multiday Trekking expedition 7 mountains trek, Norway
  • 2006 Multiday trek through Mweelrea Horseshoe, Ireland
To connect with Steve please click here

Michael Stuth

Managing Director
Expedition Planning Manager

Michael has a mixed background comprised of both military and emergency service. He worked as an Advanced Care Paramedic level II with extended care capabilities and previous as an artillery medic involved in operations in the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Mick’s extensive travels and compassionate drive has unlocked a desire to extend ongoing healthcare and self-sustainability to regions most in need. This was the catalyst for his heavy involvement in co-founding a not for profit organisation working in primary healthcare called "The Wild Medic Project".  The core function to provide free health care to remote communities. Mick has lead medical teams to rural, earthquake affected parts of Nepal as well as remote parts of Timor Leste where he also lead the Trans Timor Trek in 2017. When not leading Mick continues his roles in operations management, finances, volunteer recruitment and risk management for other planned expeditions. Mick is a keen hiker surfer and mountain biker who holds a Bachelor of Paramedic Science, Diploma in ambulance and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Health Care. He now has a focus on developing and leading new projects and expeditions that focus on social and environmental uplifting within the communities Earth Trails explore.

Expeditions

  • 2017 Expedition Leader – Timor-Leste (Trans-Timor Trek)
  • 2016 Expedition Leader – Timor-Leste (Reconnaissance)
  • 2015 Expedition Leader – Nepal (humanitarian mission)
  • 2009 Expedition Participant – Cradle mountain trek (Tasmania)
  • 2006 Expedition Medic – Nepal (Everest Base Camp)
  • 2005 Expedition Medic – Morocco (Sahara Desert)
  • 2005 Expedition Leader – Poland (Tatra Mountains)
To connect with Michael please click here.

Adam Kershaw

Expedition Leader
Course Facilitator

Adam is an experienced expedition leader that has lead expeditions within Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, South America, Asia and Central Asia for over 15 years. Originally from southern Africa he worked in Australia as the ‘Operations Manager’ of a large overseas expedition company for seven years, he was responsible for the safety and training of all participants and leaders prior to their month long expeditions. He is an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and the Executive Officer of Survive First Aid, an Australian based Registered Training Organisation (RTO) which specialises in Wilderness and Remote Area medical training and is an Advanced Wilderness Life Support Trainer. Adam holds a Masters of Science and Human Movement, a Bachelor of Sports Psychology, a Certificate IV of Outdoor Recreation and a Certificate IV of Adventure Tourism. Adam has been instrumental in the establishment of the Australasian Wilderness and Expedition Medical Society and is heavily involved in the Avalanche Rescue education in Australia. He loves adventure travel and is an avid skier, mountain biker, paddler and former white water rafting guide who would really like to be a better surfer! His travels have taken Adam to every continent except Antarctica and he currently resides down near Australia’s alpine country with his wife and two children.

  • 2016 Course Facilitator - Nepal (Earth Trails Academy)
  • 2016 Expedition Leader – Vietnam
  • 2015 Expedition Leader – Sri Lanka
  • 2014 Expedition Leader – Nepal
  • 2013 Expedition Leader – Mongolia
  • 2011 Expedition Leader – Nepal
  • 2010 Expedition Leader – Nepal
  • 2009 Expedition Leader – Venezuela
  • 2008 Expedition Leader – Borneo
  • 2007 Expedition Leader – Kyrgyzstan
  • 2006 Expedition Leader – Borneo
  • 2006 Expedition Leader – Vietnam
  • 2005 Expedition Leader – Borneo
To connect with Adam please click here.

Mat Holt

Expedition Leader

Mat grew up on a farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales where he acquired a love for the outdoors and adventure at a young age. With a backyard like the Snowy Mountains Mat has always had a keen interest outdoors pursuits including kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, camping and off road driving. He has worked as an outdoor adventure guide in Canada and has previous experience facilitating multiday expeditions down white water rapids and flat water. He currently works as an Advanced Care Paramedic in Queensland and has found through his involvement in expeditions he can combine his two major interest, emergency medicine and adventure. Recently Mat returned from volunteering his skills on a humanitarian expedition an also working on the Expedition Medicine Course in Nepal. Currently based in central Queensland, Mat relishes the opportunities to explore the colder climates and climb amongst mountain giants.

  • 2017 Expedition Leader - Nepal
  • 2016 Expedition Medicine Course assistant - Nepal
  • 2016 Humanitarian Medical Expedition - Nepal
  • Canada - Nth Saskatchewan river grade 2-3. 
  • Tumut - wagga wagga murrbidgee and tumut rivers (200km)
  • Goobagandra river grade 3-4 kayaking 
  • Overland trail Tasmania. Hiking 5 day
  • Mt jugungal Loop Trek. 3 days winter/snow hikes.
  • Mt jagungal/black jack loop. MTB. 
  • Goobagandra powerline trail. MTB.
  • Upper murrumbidgee canoe and kayak trips. Grade 2.
  • Bow river Canada Canoeing.
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
A little bird has informed us that Mat got engaged last month so he may be a little distracted. To contact Mat please click here

Megan Thorpe

Expedition Leader

Meg grew up on the island paradise of Tasmania which enabled her love for adventure, nature and the great outdoors to develop from a young age. This lead Meg to gain outdoor leadership and expedition medicine qualifications that opened the doors to leading expeditions  in remote corners of the world for the past 15 years; from New Zealand, Borneo, Mexico, central Australia, India, to Antarctica. Meg has a Bachelor in Exercise Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy specialising in paediatrics and in private musculoskeletal practices. She has completed placements in Indigenous communities of Arnhem Land. She speaks Brazilian Portuguese, has studied yoga in India, worked with Gibbons in Laos, taught in a Himalayan village, snowboarded in Japan, learnt to horse-whisper in Portugal and sang to the stars on a mountain top in Mexico. Her smile is biggest when she is close to the ocean, whether surfing, floating, sailing or skimming stones."
  • 2017 Expedition Leader - Nepal
  • 2015/2016: Antarctica peninsula expeditions (launch South America)
  • 2016: multiday sea kayaking Whitsundays
  • 2014: India Rafting - 3 week first descent of remote river white water rafting
  • 2012/2013: Antarctic + South Georgia/Falkland Islands expeditions
  • 2012: Multiday kayaking expedition Barnard islands QLD
  • 2012: Borneo (school expedition)
  • 2011: India (school expedition)
  • 2011: Borneo (school expedition)
  • 2011: Mexico/Belize (school expedition)
  • 2011: Italy-Istanbul Sailing Yacht delivery
  • 2011: Cambodia/Vietnam
  • 2010: Larapinta Track, N.T
  • 2010: Franklin River Rafting trip (10days)
  • 2009/2010: Tasmania Bay of Fires
  • 2009: Larapinta Track, NT
  • 2008/2009: New Zealand Routeburn and Milford Tracks
  • 2007: New Zealand Wilsons promontory multi day hike
  • 2006: Thailand, Laos
  • 2006: Nepal (Annapurna, Langtang)
  • 2003-2007: Overland Track Tasmania with Tasmanian Walking Company- summer season
Megs may be in Antarctica so send a penguin, or you can click here to contact her.

Damo Liddy

Expedition Medic / Assistant

Damo is an advanced care paramedic on the Sunshine Coast where he grew up surfing and participating in many sporting recreations. Damo shares a wealth of international travel experience after globe trotting as a professional alpine athlete in his twenties, and also travelling internationally as both a snowboard coach, and with his photography. He holds a QAS Commissioner’s Achievement Medal for his dedication to the Ambulance Legacy, Jamie Jackway Appeal, where among many other outstanding achievements, he cycled from Brisbane to Townsville riding up to 165 klm a day for over two weeks, to raise charity funds. Damo is Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support accredited and is continuing to develop both his team management and wilderness medic speciality. Damo is an energetic and passionate adventurer who calls the Sunshine Coast home.
  • 2011 JJA Cycling Expedition
  • 2017 Trans Timor Trek
Damo is not online - to contact him please revert to carrier pigeons or smoke signals........or click here!

Kerryn Wratt

Expedition Leader 

Kerryn is an Intensive Care Paramedic with over 16 years’ experience.  He currently works as a solo officer in a remote community in the North East of Victoria near the NSW.  In 2012 Kerryn travelled to North America to investigate formal medical response systems in remote and wilderness environments and has been instrumental in the establishment of the Ambulance Victoria's paramedic wilderness response program.  He is the Director of RescueMED, a wilderness medical company and through partnerships, introduced the Advanced Wilderness Life Support to Australia. Kerryn is the process of establishing the Australasian Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society and in his spare time can be found skiing the Victorian back country or hunting. 

  • 2017 Nepal – Expedition Medicine Course
  • 2016 Advanced Wilderness Life Support Course Facilitator (Mount Buller)
Kerryn lives in a small town so you can just walk up the main road and shout his name! Alternatively you can click here  to contact Kerryn.

 

Kasia Ibrahim

Expedition Doctor

Kasia is an Expedition Team Doctor who also manages her time doubling as an Expedition Medicine Course Trainer. She is a specialist anaesthetist living and working in north eastern Victoria and she seems to thrive in cold weather. Doctoring has taken her to many corners of Australia as well as New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. She has a keen interest in human factors and wilderness medicine and holds Advanced Wilderness Life Support at an instructor level. In her down time she is a keen hiker and sometimes mountain biker and skier, and she moonlights at the Mt. Buller Medical Clinic. Kasia loves getting out into the great outdoors to explore and she cannot get enough of the mountains.
  • 2017 Nepal – Expedition Medicine Course
  • 2016 Nepal - Expedition Medicine Course
Kasia may be exploring the mountains so expect delays. To contact Kasia please click here

Bek Munn

Expedition Medic / Assistant

Bek has been working in the prehospital setting for 9 years and is currently working as an advanced care paramedic on the Gold Coast. She is a Queenslander, born in Brisbane, and has worked in Brisbane, Ayr, Bundaberg, and the Gold Coast. She has travelled through South East Asia, and the Middle East independently and has participated in a Medical Mission trip to Kenya, and successfully completed Everest base camp a few years ago. She has a degree in commerce, a diploma of paramedical science, and is currently working towards her Masters of Divinity. She is also an avid volunteer within her church as a kid’s leader in kid’s church.

 

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  • 2013 Nepal - Everest Base Camp
  • 2011 Kenya – Humanitarian mission
To contact Bek please click here

 

John Chad

Expedition Leader
Adventure Consultant

Jonny is a former soldier turned expedition leader turned academic! As an expedition leader, he enjoys travelling through unique and remote environments combined with engaging people from diverse walks of life and experiencing different cultures. He enjoys the simplicity that comes from being amongst the mountains and the lessons that can be learned from the environment. He is an experienced altitude physical trainer, has a keen interest in jungle and tropical expeditions and is a wilderness first response instructor. John holds a Diploma in Sport, Diploma in Fitness, Certificate IV in Project Management and has recently completed his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Originally from Canberra he now resides in Southern Queensland where when not guiding you will find him climbing, exploring local mountains and training with his trusty dog companion.

  • 2010 New Zealand - Mt Alymer (winter ascent)
  • 2012 Paupa New Guinea - Kokoda Track (team medic)
  • 2012 Paupa New Guinea - Kokoda Track (team leader)
  • 2013 Veitnam - Cycling expedition (team leader)
Jonny is a bookwork studying these days so expect delays. To contact John please click here

 

The People who make Earth Trails

Our staff are what sets Earth Trails Expeditions apart from the rest. They are from a varied backgrounds including military, emergency service, risk analysis, travel specialist and explorers and are recruited based on skills, experience and character.

Our Executive structure is comprised of two Managing Directors sharing joint control over the operation and development of the Earth Trails movement as well as the tip of our spear, the expedition staff. Our expedition staff are made up of Expedition Planning Mangers, Expedition Leaders and Expedition Assistants.

We all share a common belief that we should strive for positive impact regardless of our background or standing. Our expeditions will awaken the human spirit while positively impacting the people or the places they explore.

Our team has been selected specifically for a purpose and they all enhance our values and philosophy of doing good before profit. More information can be found on Our Philosophy page.