Douglas Stoup

Expedition Leader.  Polar Guide.  Cinematographer. Filmmaker.  Aerial Rigger.  Ski & Snowboard Mountaineer.  Climber.  Motivational Speaker.  Environmentalist. Educator.

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Professional Experience

Dec 2016 Pole Of Hope South Pole Expedition Aron Anderson (paraplegic) and I will ski from the coast of Antarctica to the Geographic South Pole. 460 miles
Nov 2016 Ice Axe Expeditions Antarctic Peninsula Ski Cruise. I led 115 skiers and Snowboarders to ski and snowboard the Antarctic Peninsula.
Sep 2016 Amazon Adventure I led 9 adventurers up the Rio Negro to fish for peacock bass, arapaima, piranha and catfish. We also explored the tributaries of the Rio Negro on Stand Up Paddleboards. Ice Axe Foundation sent LIVE feeds to over 3000 students and the first LIVE feed on Facebook from the Brazilian Rainforest.
Apr 2016 Svalbard Test Expedition Aron Anderson and I skied 100 miles to test gear and sit ski for our upcoming South Pole Ski Expedition called Pole Of Hope. We will attempt to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the Geographic South Pole.

Iceland Ski Expedition I guided 3 skiers to the Troll Peninsula and then continued to ski over 30 first descents and swam in many hot springs as we made are way around the coastal mountains of Iceland.

Nov 2015 Ice Axe Expeditions Antarctic Peninsula Ski Cruise I led 111 skiers and snowboarders for another successful ski expedition and were blessed with several days of deep powder and big smiles. Ice Axe Foundation sent LIVE feeds to over 2500 students and was successful sending the first LIVE feed to Facebook from the Antarctic which has received over 1.6 million views.
Apr 2015 North Pole I led husband and wife team Peter and Anne on a Last Degree to the Geographic North Pole. We tested some new Tom Tom products (Bandit camera) as well had a successful and fantastic trip.
Nov 2014 Ice Axe Expeditions Antarctic Peninsula Ski Cruise. I led 120 skiers and snowboarders to the Antarctic Peninsula and were blessed with great skiing and great weather.
Aug 2014 Ice Cold Gold I returned to Greenland to star in Animal Planet’s #1 show Ice Cold Gold. We filmed near Illulisat, Greenland for 2 months and I was responsible to guide the cast and crew as well as was a character in the show.
May 2014 Greenland Ski Expedition I led 9 skiers to Sisimuit, Greenland for some excellent skiing. We were blessed with deep powder, amazing couloirs and fantastic weather.
Dec 2013 Willis Resilience South Pole Expedition Parker Liautaud and I skied the fastest from the coast of Antarctica to the Geographic South Pole. We completed the 437 miles in 18 days 4 hours and 33 minutes.
Nov 2013 Led 120 Skiers and Snowboarders to the Antarctic Peninsula Ice Axe Expeditions Ski Cruise. We pioneered some new areas and had outstanding weather. I was also able to bring my mother on her first trip to the southern continent. Ice Axe Foundation sent LIVE feeds to over 3000 students during this expedition.
Apr 2013 North Pole. Led two adventurers on a Last Degree to the Geographic North Pole. Karl Pettijohn going for his climbing and polar Grand Slam. He has climbed all 6 highest peaks on 6 continents and has completed both North and South Poles. Now he needs to climb Everest. Vanessa O’brien became the first American woman to climb all Seven Summits and complete both North and South Poles. She aims to climb K2 soon.

I guided the Warren Miller Entertainment crew for the 65th movie Flow State to SW Greenland for a ski adventure with all star cast of America’s Fastest skier Ted Ligity, Michelle Parker and Mark Abma. We skied new descents near Manitoq and Sisimuit, Greenland. It was my 5th Warren Miller movie.

Jan 2013 Expedition Leader/guide, Stand Up Paddleboard Expedition, Rio Nego, Brazilian Amazon. Guided team of adventurers on 10 day expedition on the Rio Negro. Activities included stand up paddleboarding (SUP), night paddleboarding, fly-fishing, rain and flooded forest hikes, and cultural village visits to deliver school supplies.
Sep 2012 Stand Up Paddleboard Expedition from Cuba to Key West, FL Attempt. Attempted to SUP along with professional adventurer Frank Fumich from Cuba to Key West, FL. The team waited in Key West for 2 weeks and decided to give it a go when the support boat lost an engine 76 miles from Key West. Decided to regroup and wait for another weather window that never materialized. The team will attempt again in July 2013.
Aug 2012 Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Circumnavigation. Completed a circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe (76 miles) on a SUP with fellow pro paddler Adam Freeman in 16 hours 33 minutes. The goal of The Paddle was raise awareness and funds for the Ice Axe Foundation www.iceaxe.org and The High Fives Foundation.
May 2012 Expedition Leader/Guide, Arctic Ski Cruise aboard the sailing vessel Arctica II. Led the Warren Miller athlete and film crew above the Arctic Circle for first ski descents along the Spitsbergen coast. Featured in 2012 WME movie “Flow State” with athletes Jackie Paaso and Aurelien Decroz.
Apr 2012 Expedition Leader/guide, Two and a Half Men North Pole Expedition. The members of Team Two and a Half Men, all met each other at the 2007 150-mile stage race, the Gobi March. After this successful expedition, it leaves only two more for the team for the “triple crown”–the South Pole and the summit of Mt. Everest. It was an honor to guide the three athletes to successfully achieve their polar dreams.Expedition Leader/guide, ICE TALKS North Pole Expedition. Third expedition with Parker Liautaud. The expedition focused on collecting snow samples that contained isotopes. The aim of the expedition was to contribute to the global dialogue and awareness surrounding global climate change.
Jan 2012 Expedition Leader/guide, Push Expedition. Led Push team to the Geographic South Pole. The Push expedition covered 75 miles in up to -35 degree temperatures for nearly two weeks, with Grant pushing in a custom sit ski built for the most inhospitable place on earth. Team reached the South Pole on January 17th, the 100-year anniversary, to the day, of one the Pole’s first explorers, Caption Robert F. Scott. Grant became the first paraplegic athlete to trek to the pole.
Dec 2011 Expedition Leader/guide, South Pole 100. Led Jim Ratcliffe, Sam Ratcliffe, George Ratcliffe, Chris Cecil Wright, Fred Wadsworth, Jeannot Joly, and Henri Thurier on a Last Degree to the Geographic South Pole. Arrived on the the 100th anniversary of explorer Roald Amundsen’s first arrival at the South Pole.
Nov 2011 Expedition Leader, Ice Axe Adventure Cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula. Led 119 skiers and snowboarders to the Antarctic Peninsula for first ski and snowboard descents. Broadcasted live to classrooms around the world with student ambassadors.
May 2011 Expedition Leader/guide, Push Expedition polar training in Spitsbergen, Norway. Preparation for South Pole expedition with paraplegic athletes Grant Korgan and John Davis.Expedition Leader/guide, Arctic Ski Cruise aboard the sailing vessel Jonathan IV. First ski descents along the Spitsbergen coast.
Apr 2011 Expedition Leader/guide, The Last Degree Expedition. Led 16-year old Parker Liautaud as he successfully became the youngest person to complete a Last Degree expedition to the Geographic North Pole.
Nov 2010 Expedition Leader/guide, 23-day ski expedition aboard the sailing vessel Australis in the Antarctic Peninsula with fellow guides Krisstoffer Erickson and Kip Garre.
May 2010 Expedition Leader/guide, Warren Miller’s 2010 Wintervention Spitsbergen, Norway Segment. First ski descents in the Atomfjella Mountains with Reggie Christ, Lexi DuPont, Tom Day, and Colin Witherill.
Apr 2010 Expedition Leader/guide, The Last Degree Expedition Attempt. Led 15-year old Parker Liautaud as he attempted to be the youngest person to complete a Last Degree to the Geographic North Pole.Expedition Leader/guide, Trek for Peace Expedition, attempted Last Degree to North Pole with Jack Ashton and Dennis Garcia.
Jan 2010 Expedition Leader/guide; Amazon Education Expedition — Produced webcasts ‘live’ from the Amazon river and rain forest in Brazil. Sent back photos, audio, video and text, and also answered questions from students.
Nov 2009 Expedition Leader, Ice Axe Ski Cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula. Led 107 skiers and snowboarders to the Antarctic Peninsula for first ski and snowboard descents.
Apr 2009 Expedition Leader/guide, Two Feet on the Table Expedition. Led Jim Ratcliffe,  Sam Ratcliffe, George Ratcliffe, Chris Cecil Wright, Fred Wadsworth, Adam Carey, Jeannot Joly, Henri Thurier on a Last Degree to the Geographic North Pole.
Apr 2009 Expedition Leader/guide, True North Expedition. Led Michael Mitten on a Last Degree to the Geographic North Pole
Dec 2008 Expedition Leader/guide, South Pole for Kids Expedition. Led Fred Losani, Peter Turkstra, Steve Stipsits, Mark McClellan on a Last Degree Expedition to the Geographic South Pole.
Apr 2008 Expedition Leader/guide, Baffin North Pole Expedition. Led Paul, Mark and Brent Hubner to the Geographic North Pole.
Nov 2007 Shackleton South Pole Expedition— Lead team 673 nautical miles from the coast of Antarctica to the Geographic South Pole. The 48 day expedition was the first new route to the pole attempted in 10 years.
Apr 2007 Last Degree to the North Pole — Successfully lead a group of eight adventurers to the Geographic North Pole. Covered by National Geographic Traveler.
Jan 2007 Amazon Expedition — Produced an internet documentary, webcast ‘live’ from the Amazon river and rain forest in Brazil. Sent back photos, audio, video and text; and also answered questions from students.
Dec 2006 Cerro Aconcagua — via the ‘Polish Glacier Traverse’ route with John Griber, Glenn Poulsen and Ryan Sutter.
Apr 2006 Last Degree to the North Pole — Lead a group of six businessmen across numerous pressure ridges, leads, fast-moving drifting ice to the Geographic North Pole on schedule. Helped raise $500,000 for children’s charities.
Feb 2006 Antarctic Peninsula — Assisted in two expeditions to the Antarctic — sent dispatches to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania schools with 7-year old, Cronin Wilkes and coordinated activities with the Pittsburgh Zoo.
Feb 2005 Pole Track — Teamed up with Marc Cornelissen and Petter Nyquist on an international North Pole expedition to support climate change research. Three weather stations are deployed and collecting valuable climate data.
Oct 2004 Ama Dablam — Summit of 22,492 ft. peak in the Everest region of Nepal.
Apr 2004 Pole Track — Successfully completed the first phase of the scientific expedition to study Arctic ice melt.
May 2003 Denali — Cinematographer for a climbing expedition by Monica Kalozdi.
Feb 2003 Anvers Island — Explored, climbed and skied island off the coast of Antarctica.
Jan 2003 Test run of an “Ice Bike” in Patriot Hills, Antarctica.
Oct 2002 Cho Oyu — Summit bid of the 6th highest mountain at 26,906 ft.
Jan 2002 Race Coordinator for Adventure Network International First South Pole Marathon
Dec 2001 Lead guide for Adventure Network International Last Degree Expedition. Lead seven adventurer’s on a nine day ski expedition from 89 South to the Geographic South Pole
Nov 2001 Lead blind and deaf British adventurer on a 62-day ski from Hercules Inlet to the Geographic South Pole.
Oct 2001 Expedition Leader for The North Face Beyond Endurance Expedition. Lead five professional ski, snowboard mountaineers, and a film crew on a 19-meter sailing vessel from the Falkland Islands to the Island of South Georgia. Filmed for OLN’s “Global Adventure” and featured in Warren Miller’s 2002 Feature Film, ‘Storm.’
Feb 2001 Expedition Leader, Director, Principal Cinematographer, Snowboard Mountaineer for The North Face 2002 Antarctic Peninsula Ski and Snowboard Expedition.
Nov 2000 Expedition Leader, Antarctica 99 Ski and Snowboard Expedition. Douglas Stoup and Stephen Koch completed the first snowboard descent of Vinson Massif.
Mar 2000 Expedition Leader, Director, Cinematographer, Snowboard Mountaineer for The North Face 2000 Antarctic Peninsula Ski and Snowboard Expedition.
Oct 1997 Ascents of Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya
May 1995 Expedition Leader on the ascent on The West Buttress of Denali, Alaska

Credentials

  • Education Associate at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Sports Committee, International Foundation Against Malnutrition

Certifications

Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Medicine Institute. CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care Provider, American Red Cross, AIRE LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2


Doug is a proud member of the International Polar Guides Association.

Education

B.A. West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 1986, Business and Economics

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