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

Micronesia & Papua New Guinea (April 8 – 29, 2021) green arrow linking to Micronesia & Papua New Guinea

Island hop through a world of extreme natural beauty and rich cultural history. Meet friendly locals, snorkel pristine coral reefs and view rare seabird colonies.

Amazonian Brazil (May 13 – 29, 2021) green arrow linking to Amazonian Brazil

Cruise deep into the heart of the Amazon from Manaus to Santarém at the peak of the annual flood, searching for rare and sought-after primates and birds.

Coastal Alaska (July 12-24, 2021) green arrow linking to Coastal Alaska

Explore wildlife-rich waters, lush rainforest and vibrant cultures in an intimate way that few visitors ever do, in the company of a resident: Apex co-founder Kevin Clement.

Bolivia (August 10-26, 2021) green arrow linking to Bolivia

From the upper Amazon basin and the Salt Flats of Uyuni, to the charming colonial towns and the ruins at Lake Titicaca, Bolivia is a land of striking contrasts.

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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.