Wilson Wai Yin Cheung, as a fellow of Royal Geographical Society and member of Explorer Club, is renowned for his expertise in Polar region expedition. He loves both Antarctic and Arctic continents. That makes him so passionate about his job. To him, Polar region is an important part of his life, it is his second home spending up to 5 months there in each year. He even lived with local hunters in the East Greenland and learnt their way of living. Apart from guiding job, Wilson is paying his greatest effort to contribute and protect the Polar Regions, his favourite place on earth.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Wilson was totally a city boy. But this didn’t stop him from exploring the nature. By his strong conviction and determination, he has been working in the polar expedition industry since 2011, and has spent more than 700 field days to ensure the secured expedition and wilderness experience for international visitors.
Meanwhile, Wilson is an experienced traveller and outstanding mountaineer who has been to over 80 countries by commercial sponsorships and attempted a number of peaks in five continents. For instance, Antarctic highest peak, Mt Vinson(4892m); South America highest peak, Aconcagua(6962 m); North America highest peak, Denali(6190m). His coming plan is being the first-ever Asian attempting all the 4000m peaks in Europe.
With a strong sense of commitment, Wilson is keen to promote responsible travel when he is delivering outdoor services for the community. He also encourages traveller connect and interact with the nature through sustainable practice. You may learn more in “Our Commitment” of our website.
Wilson Cheung Wai Yin
Himalayan Leader (Nepal Mountaineering Association), Mountaineering craft (Level 3), Sport climbing & Rock climbing (Instructor), Orienteering (Level 2), Ice climbing (CMA), High Event Challenge Course Instructor (Association for Challenge Course Technology), Leave No Trace Trainer, SRT Caving (French Cave Association), Nordic Ski instructor, Winter outdoor educator (NOLS), Avalanche (Level 1)
Kayaking (Advance Level, Canoe Life Guard), Sailing (Level 3), Windsurfing (Basic), Skin diving Instructor, Scuba diving Advance level(PADI), Powerboat (RYA)
Private Pilot License Airplane (EASA) , International Pilot A licence (Paragliding), Skydiving
Wilderness First Responder(WMA),Bronze medallion, First Aids (St.John, America Red Cross), Training of Basic Life Support Provider and AED (ERC), Kayak Lifeguard, Fire Safety Ambassador
HKBU TheBUddy Post: Meeting Challenges in Extreme Lands - Alumnus Wilson Cheung (2018-02)
South China Morning Post: Intrepid expedition leader Wilson Cheung makes the world his home (2013-10-29)
Eyes on HKBU: Cheung Wai-yin: Climb every mountain, search the Poles, and explore life 2016-11-21)
polar Expedition Specialist
Comfortable leading and navigating wilderness hikes through bear country, Comfortable lecturing and speaking in front of large audiences, Familiarity and academic background with flora and fauna of multiple regions, Wilderness First Responder certified
Proficient in identification of marine wildlife of Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Comfortable and able to teach basic to advanced paddle strokes and techniques, Proficient in self-rescue and roll techniques, in rough, dynamic water, Proficient and experienced in all standard sea kayak safety procedures, including rescues, cold environment operations, and medical emergencies, Comfortable and competent zodiac driver with experience in high wind and dense ice, 10-18 pax, up to 80hp, Senior Polar Tourism Guide certified by the Polar Tourism Guide Association, ACA level three kayak certificate, USCG captains license, 100-ton near coastal • FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit
Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from University of California Santa Cruz
Alex has spent the last ten years leading trips as an outdoor guide and expedition leader. Each year, he spends at least six months in either the Arctic or Antarctic and feels comfortable and at home in these less populated parts. He has worked in numerous roles, from guiding and lecturing as a naturalist, to designing and leading trips with tourists, to providing logistical and scientific support for field teams in the Arctic. One of the most rewarding trips involved spending two months in North East Greenland doing remote fieldwork with one geologist and a zodiac.
After graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies, an interdisciplinary study based on communication and research in earth science, he started working as a resource conservationist. After completing his contract, he took this deep knowledge of the environment with him to work in tourism, where he has learned to engage guests in a diverse array of subjects in natural history, environmental stewardship and citizen science.
As the polar environment begins to change rapidly, Alex understands the need to have a scientific analysis of some of the world’s most sensitive areas, and catch a glimpse of some that may never be seen the same again.