Adventures are Matty's way of life. Growing up in a family of outdoor
enthusiasts, Matty's outdoor life started with a canoe trip when
she was 2 weeks old. Her love for adventure and challenge is still
much a part of Matty's life.
After a 22-year involvement with the Outward Bound Schools across
North America, Matty's focus shifted to placing NorthWinds on the
'map' as a leader in Arctic adventure travel and Polar expeditions.
When not leading expeditions Matty is off on her own personal journeys
down rivers, up mountains and over ice caps.
EXPEDITIONS - LIFE EXPERIENCE
Ultimate North 2005 North Pole Expedition
Matty guided a British team, with 2 teams of dogs, following Peary’s
1909 route from Cape Columbia to the North Pole.
Kites On Ice 2004-5
Matty was the leader of this un-supported, un-resupplied, 52 day,
expedition to the South Pole with her kids Sarah & Eric. The
team kite-skied back in a world record breaking 17 days. In one
day they covered 107 nautical miles.
South Pole 2002-3 & 2003-4
Mt. Barbeau 2002
Matty lead 2 ski-all-the-way expeditions from the edge of the Antarctic
continent to the South Pole, with 1 re-supply.
Matty guided a ski mountaineering expedition to climb Mt. Barbeau.
At 8,900 feet, it is the highest mountain east of the Rockies.
Ellesmere Island Traverse 2000
Matty guided a ski and dog sled expedition across Ellesmere Island
through the historic Sverdrup Pass.
North Pole 1997
Matty guided the first women's expedition to the North Pole, an
82 day journey across the shifting polar ice pack.
Baffin Island Expedition 1990.
Paul & Matty completed the first circumnavigation of Baffin Island
traveling 4,000 kilometers with Canadian Inuit Dogs.
Mountaineering Expeditions to South America
1981 Peru, climbed six peaks including Huascaran 22,180 ft.
1983 Peru & Bolivia, climbed 4 peaks including Illimani 21,280 ft.
1979 & 1981 Grand Canyon, private trips
Wilderness whitewater rivers: Moisie, Missinaibie, and Coppermine
1980 Whitewater kayaking trip to New Zealand
On Thin Ice A Women's Journey To The North Pole. An honest and engaging
story of the first women's expedition to the North Pole.
Co-authored Basic River Canoeing and Outward Bound's Wilderness
Outward Bound During her twenty two year involvement with Outward
Bound, (1974 to 1996) Matty worked with four Outward Bound Schools
across North America. Her responsibilities included: Whitewater
Co-coordinator, Instructor & Course Director, Staff Training, Program
Development, Program Manager, Equipment Manager & Logistics Manager.