As outdoor professionals and guides for over a dozen years, Sentinel Outdoor Institutes’s founders have worked closely alongside local professionals on nearly every continent. It was from this unique perspective that the need for continued, high quality education and training for locals around the world became apparent. Their desire, need and capacity for such training inspire SOI’s enthusiasm and drive for improving safety and education in all outdoor pursuits. It is with a great sense of responsibility and honor that SOI serves throughout the world in their education and training.
Peter Anderson grew up in the mountains of Montana gaining a respect for the power and wonders of the outdoors. From this upbringing, it is no surprise that Peter has pursued numerous careers focused on the outdoors. From mountain guiding in North America, South America, Africa, and the Himalayas to hunting guiding in Africa, Peter has a deep respect for outdoor leaders and stewards. Even as an emergency room nurse with a Baccalaureate of Science in nursing, Peter still felt the need to be in the field and became a flight nurse on an emergency helicopter. Peter teaches everything from basic first aid and CPR to advanced life support courses. He has been teaching and managing wilderness medicine training within the United States for over 12 years. His passion for helping guides and enthusiasm for the outdoors is infectious.
Rob Lindner gained an early appreciation for the outdoors that led to dual lives in science and guiding. Splitting time between loves of wildlife and the mountains, he embraced the challenges of being an outdoor leader and was further schooled in the ways of field research, climbing, client care, and wilderness medicine. Both careers provided opportunity to travel to some of the world’s most amazing places and a chance to experience some of its greatest cultures in North America, South America, Africa and Europe. Along the way he earned a BSc in Wildlife Biology, an MSc in Conservation Science, and became a Leave No Trace Trainer and a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. Rob believes building capacity through efforts like training locals provides an opportunity to not only improve skills and safety, but appreciation for natural resources and their conservation… and it provides an excellent reason to continue exploring the world.
Shikuku Ooko grew up in Western Kenya, near the shores of Lake Victoria. He has continually worked in the outdoors, from agriculture to outdoor leadership. His subjects have been as diverse as the locations, from East Africa to the USA. Shikuku brings an extensive history of teaching wilderness travel and risk assessment to SOI, and is a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. Currently, his time is devoted to the Janam Peace Building Foundation. He had started out training members of government and non-government agencies in outdoor skills and leadership to improve collaboration. However, after the violence that followed the 2007 Kenyan elections, he molded the concept into an internationally respected peace building programme. Any course Shikuku is involved in is blessed by his experience, vision and wisdom. janampeacebuilding.org
Christopher Gibisch was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois but now calls Missoula, Montana his home. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in forestry, he went on to become a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and eventually earned an associate degree in Respiratory Therapy. Currently working as an RT in the emergency department and intensive care unit of a regional trauma center hospital, he supplements his professional life as a photographer, shooting published images of landscape, hang gliding, and climbing, and as a professional climber for Wild Things Gear. He spends the majority of his free time flying hang gliders, climbing and generally loving life. Chris’s combined knowledge of medicine, photography, and climbing has taken him on adventures all over North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. chrisgibisch.com
Joe Kreuzman is the founder and present Director of Nature Awareness and Wilderness Sports Programs and Coyote Trails School of Nature. He has dedicated his life to the teaching, training and mentoring of hundreds if not thousands of students in the arts of tracking, awareness, safe wilderness travel and healthy living. Having taught students of all ages both nationally and internationally, Joe has achieved wide spread recognition for his innate ability to connect individually with every student no matter their age, experience or background. Born in Ohio and schooled through extensive wilderness immersion Joe draws upon his vast and diverse experiential knowledge and professional trainings. coyotetrails.org
Jean Du Plessis wrote a book, Jean the Game Ranger, when he was only eight years old. Now, 29 years later, that fairy tale is a reality. Guiding for over 15 years and based in the heart of African safaris, Jean leads trips to some of Africa’s most pristine and remote wildlife areas. Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Selous, Mahale and Katave are all second homes to Jean and where he prefers to spend most of his time. More recently, Jean has been presenting a popular conservation TV series for National Geographic called “Ultimate Africa: Game Rangers.” This series has been screening in 130 countries to over 40 million viewers and has brought conservation into homes.
The founder of dynamic safari companies, Green Footprint Adventures and Wayo Africa, Jean is leading the way in adventure travel in Tanzania. Besides advising National Parks on the development of new activities inside parks, Green Footprint Adventures operates all walking safaris inside Serengeti National Park, as well as Tanzania’s only practical guide training facility in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This bush academy is aimed at providing Tanzanian field guides with the necessary experience to conduct quality safaris.
Jean is committed to the conservation of African wild places. wayoafrica.com