Follow the Leader: Our Winter Guides

Of the many factors that go into making our adventures great, perhaps the most important are our leaders. A good leader can be the difference between a fun holiday and an unforgettable one, and Exodus only works with the very best leaders - those whose expertise, experience and charisma have proven themselves time and again.

Please note that, since the specific dates of each leader’s departure can change, we strongly suggest you get in touch with us if you want to be on a trip with a specific leader.

Samer Hajric


Samer embodies the spirit of Exodus – he was voted by you as our Leader of the Year for 2013, and he certainly deserves it. Kind, charming and loved by all, Samer is committed to giving you the best possible adventure experience. He did once leave a trip early… to attend the birth of his first child! In the words of one of our clients: "Quite simply put the nicest guy in the world, with a gentle soul.”

Adventures with Samer: Snowshoeing in Bosnia

Ingrid Stengard


Ingrid is an athlete and outdoorswoman through and through, having won several bronze and gold medals at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships, both individually and as part of a relay team. Ingrid is a consummate professional, and her tutelage will improve your cross-country skiing leaps and bounds (or skates and glides, in this case).

Adventures with Ingrid: Cross-country Skiing DobbiacoAsiago Skate & Classic Week

Eric Woolley


After falling in love with cross-country skiing during his time with the army, Eric has cultivated over 25 years’ worth of instructing experience, even earning a Snowsport England coaching qualification. He has taught a number of our staff how to ski, impressing with his friendly manner, always good sharing a joke and encouraging those who are new to the sport.

Adventures with Eric: Seefeld Skating Course, Seefeld Skate & Classic Week, Versciaco Skating Course, Engadin Ski Marathon

Ilse Alt


One of our most popular leaders, Isle Alt is sought out by many aspirant cross-country skiiers for their holidays. Ilse’s appeal is in her impressive skill and her ability to teach clients the proper techniques; she spends her entire year teaching, working as a tennis instructor in her homeland of Holland.

Adventures with Ilse: Cross-country skiing Kvitavatn

Andy McKee


Andy’s 13 years of experience and his passionate interest in sport and physical fitness make him the ideal leader for a cross-country skiing trip, particularly if you’re interested in taking on the Transjurassienne ski race. Combine this with his good-natured sense of humour and his tireless work for Responsible Travel and charity projects, and it’s not hard to see why Andy is one of our most sought-after leaders.

Adventures with Andy: Cross-country Skiing Dobbiaco, Transjurassienne Ski Race

Paul Goldstein


Paul Goldstein is something of an institution to those who are familiar with his work. His photographic expertise is unparalleled, and his charismatic personality and vivacious love of wildlife and adventure combine to make his trips unforgettable.

If you’re interested in taking part in Paul’s Northern Lights Arctic Circle Adventure, please get in touch with Paula Mason at [email protected].


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