Apex Expeditions leader Kevin Clement

Kevin Clement

The thing that I love is wild country—exploring it, learning about it, drawing it, and helping others discover it. Working in expedition travel, I get to do all four.

Sub-Antarctic Islands cruises slide of boardwalk on Campbell Island

Campbell Island, part of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic archipelago, is wild, rugged, remote, inaccessible, and harbors an amazing collection of endemic flora—my version of paradise.

Adventure tours slide of Apex Expeditions leader Kevin Clement taking a photo

A typical picture of me in every way—backpacking in the Alaska Range, lying on my belly, taking a macro photo of a lousewort.

Alaska wildlife tours image of a Prickly Rose in Denali National Park

For a few weeks each summer, the boreal forests of Canada and Alaska light up with the blossoms of the Prickly Rose (Rosa acicularis).

Denali tour photo showing Grizzly bear and cubs in Denali National Park, Alaska

A Grizzly Bear cub (Ursus arctos) may spend three years with its mother, learning the complex skills it will need to survive in a demanding environment.

Antarctica cruise slide of Emperor Penguins artwork by Kevin Clement

Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) are curious creatures, and will approach any foreign object they see on the ice—for example me, lying there with my sketchbook.

Denali tour slide of tundra landscape and mountains

The tundra that lies beyond the northern tree line is itself a kind of miniature forest, and many of the “trees” turn colors in the fall.

Expedition Leader Kevin Clement

Not many people can say they live year-round inside Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park (the actual number is about 10), but Kevin Clement is one. He also lived for many years in Denali National Park. Nowadays, however, he spends most of his time guiding ecotourism and adventure travel trips on all seven continents.

Kevin has served as the Denali Foundation instructor for natural history and as a boat operator in Glacier Bay’s wilderness waters. For several years he worked with the sled dogs of Denali, rebuilding sleds in the summer and patrolling in the winter. As a Certification Instructor for the Wilderness Education Association he led month-long outdoor leadership courses under the auspices of the University of Alaska. He has lived in several other national parks and has guided groups in whitewater rafts, on cross-country skis, by dog sled, and on foot, earning certifications in scuba diving, swiftwater rescue, and wilderness medicine, as well as a Coast Guard Master’s license. Most recently he’s been coordinating and leading sea kayaking excursions in Antarctica and the Arctic. Kevin is also a veteran of Central and South America, designing expeditions to Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay and Paraguay for Apex. 

And as he always has, he still draws and paints. His first career was as an illustrator, and his work has appeared in various juried art shows, several times winning juror’s or people’s choice awards. He never travels without his sketchbook. Or his sense of humor.

"Kevin is the consummate Renaissance Man, possessing a poetic and artistic take on the world that adds a fascinating dimension to his interpretation as you explore alongside him."

-Judy M., Hawaii

Kevin's Expeditions

Emperor Penguins of the Bellingshausen Sea (October 31 – November 19, 2021) green arrow linking to Emperor Penguins of the Bellingshausen Sea

Cross the Antarctic Circle aboard a hybrid electric icebreaker to the pristine west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, home to massive Emperor Penguin colonies.

Iceland in Spring (March 30 – April 11, 2022) green arrow linking to Iceland in Spring

Iceland is beautiful any time, but in early spring it’s an uncrowded place of frozen waterfalls, steaming geysers, ice caves, and the ethereal northern lights.

Wild Britain & Norway (May 31 – June 14, 2022) green arrow linking to Wild Britain & Norway

Discover the remote coastlines of Great Britain and Norway, including the Lofoten Islands, with archeological sites, and rugged cliffs alive with massive seabird colonies.

Western Australia (August 19 – September 7, 2022) green arrow linking to Western Australia

A grand transect of Australia’s wild west coast—pristine reefs, historic archipelagos, seabird bonanzas, and Aboriginal art in the Kimberley’s red sandstone wilderness.

Pape'ete to Valparaíso (October 20 – November 13, 2022) green arrow linking to Pape'ete to Valparaíso

An epic 25-day journey that includes the Austral, Pitcairn, Easter, and rarely-visited Alexander Selkirk and Robinson Crusoe Islands, before ending in Valparaíso, Chile.

Colombia (November 16 – December 1, 2022) green arrow linking to Colombia

Discover Colombia’s mix of natural history and rich culture from bustling Bogotá to charming Cartagena, along with the Sierra Nevadas and rainbow-hued Caño Cristales.

Deep South Antarctica (February 11 – March 4, 2023) green arrow linking to Deep South Antarctica

Explore a wild part of Antarctica few visitors ever see: south of the Circle, west of the Peninsula, among the little-known islands of the fabled Bellingshausen Sea.

Spice Islands, Raja Ampat & West Papua (March 18 – April 2, 2023) green arrow linking to Spice Islands, Raja Ampat & West Papua

Stroll colorful spice markets on historic, rarely-visited islands, swim with graceful Whale Sharks, snorkel over vibrant coral reefs and seek the Red Bird of Paradise.

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Ursus arctos

The Grizzly Bear is the largest land carnivore on earth. The biggest males may weigh over a ton. Despite its massive size, on a short haul it can outrun a racehorse. Or give the best human sprinter a 60-yard head start in a 100-yard dash, and still win. To see an animal that big move that fast is a shocking experience.