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As a skinny 11-year-old, Jock Montgomery went on a 5-day canoe trip that became one of those life-changing events. He discovered the magnificence of remote wilderness and the grace and splendor of paddling over water. He also discovered that he could eat more food than both trip leaders combined, and that paddling put meat on his bones. Planning wilderness trips, including food preparation essential to his survival, soon became a compulsion.

Eventually, “messing about in boats,” experiencing new cultures, exploring remote wilderness and sharing his enthusiasm for these people and places with others became a way of life. In high school, Jock made his own kayaks and paddles. While attending the University of Massachusetts he led canoeing trips with the Cree in northern Quebec and guided paddlers throughout the northeast and western U.S., (principally in Idaho and the Grand Canyon) and still managed to graduate cum laude in Geography and Cartography.

Twenty years ago, straight out of college, Jock moved to Nepal to train raft guides and lead trekking, river running and mountain biking trips in Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan. He has taken more than 70 groups on a variety of trips in the Himalayas, as well as co-led numerous kayaking expeditions with first descents in Nepal, Bhutan and India. After 12 amazing years in Katmandu, Jock is now based in Bangkok, Thailand, with his French wife and co-explorateur Annie Miniscloux, where he is in demand as a commercial and editorial assignment photographer. He was the sole photographer for Menam Chao Phraya, River of Life and Legend, a 252-page coffee table book about Thailand’s principal waterway. He speaks Nepali fluently and is conversant in Thai.

Jock is a caring and enthusiastic leader; he loves to spin tales and cook great food. He is still trying to put on a little weight—so rest assured, you won’t go hungry when you travel with Jock!


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