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Discover Southeast Alaska

Karen Walker – Orbridge Expedition Leader

Karen Walker grew up in the Pacific Northwest. After college, she headed north to Alaska for what she thought would be just one summer. But the beauty, wilderness and adventure of the northern surroundings made such an impression that Karen is still in Alaska today. For the past 30 years, she has lived in Anchorage and worked as a tour guide and naturalist throughout Alaska and Canada. She has had close encounters with grizzly, black and polar bears, kayaked with humpback whales in Glacier Bay, and helped with race communications along the Iditarod Trail.

Karen was also drawn to the southern polar region and worked with the U.S. Antarctic Program for five seasons, spending one full year “on the ice.” She experienced the Aurora Australis, rode on an icebreaker, camped out in an ice shelter, and jumped in the Antarctic Ocean on winter solstice. Karen’s wanderlust has led her to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiking in the Himalayas, tracking mountain gorillas, scuba diving along the Great Barrier Reef, and rafting the mighty Nile and Zambezi Rivers.

Karen is looking forward to sharing with you her passion for travel and her love of the no