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Why Guiding? | Olaf’s Corner

Why Guiding? | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver May 16, 2015 0

You might wonder why our Natural Habitat Expeditions guides have led trips for years, breaking trails in new hiking destinations, paddling unknown shores, and scaling unclimbed peaks in crazy locations. Well – I think

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Colonel Angel | Olaf’s Corner

Colonel Angel | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver March 16, 2015 0

Twenty-five years ago, long before he became Chief Exploratory Officer of Natural Habitat Adventures, Olaf Malver pioneered a new sea kayaking route along the wild northwest coast of Irian Jaya, the most remote province

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Yuko in Action – An Antarctica Travel Tale | Olaf’s Corner

Yuko in Action – An Antarctica Travel Tale | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver February 23, 2015 1

I had a client called Yuko. Tough in action, sweet in demeanor. Big on doing, little on small talk. Those are my favorite kind of clients on expeditions. I was introduced to her and

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You Just Never Know! An Anxious Journey Down the Okavango | Olaf’s Corner

You Just Never Know! An Anxious Journey Down the Okavango | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver September 15, 2014 0

 Croc ahead!   Our front boatman named C-Company signaled by pointing to the left riverbank – and a few of the paddlers up front noticed a long, black form slither quickly into the Okavango River. 

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The Achuars’ Amazon – Time to Pray? | Olaf’s Corner

The Achuars’ Amazon – Time to Pray? | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver January 7, 2014 0

Our lanky teenage-looking pilot closed his eyes and prayed quietly before takeoff into the immense, emerald-green void of the Ecuadorian Amazon. His murmurs were indecipherable through the roar of the old rattling Cessna operated

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The Vast Vastness of Mongolia | Olaf’s Corner

The Vast Vastness of Mongolia | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver October 30, 2013 0

It was with a mixture of mild excitement and deep trepidation that I packed my guide bags for the Mongolia expedition this summer: Leading a trip full of strangers and a co-guide you never

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A Little Volcano Grit Won’t Ruin an Adventure in Kamchatka! | Olaf’s Corner

A Little Volcano Grit Won’t Ruin an Adventure in Kamchatka! | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver February 13, 2013 0

It’s not unusual, when I’m off on an adventure in some far-flung corner of the world, to be eating some unfamiliar fare… But this gritty feeling inside my mouth was something else entirely. How

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A Piece of Trash, With a Message to Treasure — Happy Holidays! | Olaf’s Corner

A Piece of Trash, With a Message to Treasure — Happy Holidays! | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver December 30, 2012 0

A shiny red bauble that hangs on Olaf Malver's Christmas tree -- found in a most unlikely spot -- is a reminder of what ecotourism can bring to communities and the guests that explore

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