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Mick McDonald

Mick McDonald

Mick has travelled the world for over ten years as a tour driver and has undertaken numerous motorbike rides including a circumnavigation of New Zealand on a 175 Serow. Mick followed the original, (or what is left of it), Route 66 before riding north to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, then riding south to Mexico City on a Honda Dominator. Mick also organized and rode a charity ride from London across the Stan’s to Vladivostok on a Honda Transalp as part of a fundraising event for F.A.N, he once again returned to Russia to lead the first ever commercial ride of the Road of Bones as part of the 105 day Road of Bones Expedition from London to Magadan.  Mick hopes to share his two great loves of travel and motorbikes with other like-minded people.

Brendan Barbetti

Brendan Barbetti

A boy from the bush, one time Park Ranger and fire fighter, Brendan left the comforts of his native home for the lure of exotic locations. Having traveled extensively on his own throughout various parts of the world, Brendan has also worked for 6 years for tour companies in Ireland, Africa and South America. Brendan can be found leading our tours in Patagonia or the epic Road of Bones expedition. Riding motorcycles since the age of 14, Brendan is an avid biking enthusiast.

Ryan Heath

Ryan Heath

After growing up in Brisbane and obtaining degrees in Arts and Law, Ryan decided that he was more attached to his faded purple backpack and the open road than a black briefcase and the inside of a court room. After travelling independently for a number of years he began working for a European based tour company leading clients through Continental Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and the Middle East. Ryan subsequently returned to the office job and quickly realized that people were much happier meeting a tour guide than a lawyer. This quest to be liked led to a return to tour leading in South America, where the joys of Carnival in Rio, the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, the beauty of Patagonia and the food in Argentina convinced him that an office job was a very poor second to the life he was living. Ryan worked with Mick in South America for two years before they decided that working for themselves would be more satisfying than working for the man. Ryan relishes the opportunity to show this amazing part of the world to Compass Expedition passengers.

Jerry “Truman” Cook

Jerry Cook

Jerry is from Perth, Western Australia and after completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a course in Travel and Tourism, Jerry embarked on his life long dream of visiting South America. After learning Spanish and travelling independently for a couple of years, Jerry decided he wanted to stay on, working the next 4 years as a tour leader, guiding tours all over South and Central America, Cuba and Mexico. Jerry’s first tour as a guide in South America was from Peru to Brazil in 2003 working for an overland company. Mick was the driver on this tour. Little did he know years later they would come together to co-found Compass Expeditions, where they could combine their love of motorbikes and travel.

Veronica Weisz

Veronica Weisz

Originally for Uruguay, Veronica has lived and worked in Australia since 1974. She has a Masters of Social Research from Monash University and after many years working as a Social Researcher in both the not-for-profit and Government sectors turned her hand to event management. In 2008 she successfully managed the organization of the International World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE); held at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne with over 3,000 delegates from around the globe. In 2009 Veronica joined the Compass Expeditions team and is instrumental in managing our administrative systems, booking processes and general day-to-day office procedures. When Compass Expeditions was initially formed the owners knew one thing; how to run great tours, the rest we didn’t have a clue about. It has been Veronica who has developed the booking systems, accounting systems and legal business requirements, without her Compass Expeditions would not be where it is today.

Jack Wilkins

Jack Wilkins

Jack left his job in the Australian army to travel the world after a chance meeting with a retired overland tour leader. Tours up the coast of Western Australia quickly turned into trans Africa expeditions. Many years and countries later another chance meeting happened in Paraguay with Mick who was about to set off on his first Russian adventure. Years later after a midlife crisis which involved buying a house in England Jack returned to his love of travel. A couple of tours to West Africa and a London to New York on a Dakar lead to the opportunity to become the Compass Expeditions UK rep.

Justin Sain J4CE

Justin was born in Austria and moved to Canada at the age of ten, living first in Ontario, Alberta then British Columbia. He bought his first motorbike at the age of fourteen, a Yamaha YZ80 motocrosser. He has spent time on mountain trails and passes, dirt tracks and road courses. Justin moved to Southern California at the age of 20 to pursue one of his other passions, skydiving. At the same time seriously pursuing his film career as a professional stunt performer in Hollywood (he’s crashed bikes and cars on purpose and got paid for it). This work brought him to Europe, Asia, California and Canada. In 2010 Justin was ready to take a break from the industry after a successful 20 year career. Before joining Compass Expeditions he was living in the Canadian Rockies and Thailand. He has toured by auto and motorcycle both solo and with groups in Canada, USA, Thailand, Australia, Austria, Switzerland and of course South America. Justin otherwise known as BP “the quiet achiever” is held in high regards by clients and co-workers alike.

Dennis GrothuesDennis Grothues - Compass Expeditions Guide

After the successful finishing his university degree in Geography, Law and Business, Dennis decided to unite his passions traveling and riding motorcycle and to become a Ride Leader for Compass Expeditions. He is of German origin and inherited his passion for traveling from his parents. In his youth he visited more than 20 countries in Europe and felled in love with South America during a university excursion. With the age of 9, he started to ride off-road Motorcycle and competed since then in competitions in Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium and Peru. His biggest Success was to win the German and French Championship 2014 in Sidecar-Trial. If he is not on a motorcycle or traveling, he can be found rock climbing, skiing, jogging or reading a good book. Dennis has a calm but humorous nature and is known for his mechanical talent. A ride with him is fun every time as he can adapt to all riding levels, on and off-road.

Felix ConcheiroFelix Compass 2013 by rick (Gato)

Felix was born in the beautiful Galicia in the North of Spain where he obtained his diplomas in Environmental and Landscape Management and also Agricultural and Forest Administration. Coming from a family of travelers, he always enjoyed visiting new places and meeting new people. So after a few jobs, projects and trips in different natural areas of Spain and other parts of the world, he moved to Bath, England in 2004 looking for an opportunity in the tourism industry. In Bath, Felix worked in the Royal United Hospital in different areas like logistics, supplies and eventually, trained as an Emergency Department Assistant Felix has recently joined the Compass Expeditions team and has taken the opportunity to mix all his skills and his passion about bikes and traveling to run the South American Compass Expedition tours, making the original plan about heading into the tourism industry become true! Felix el Gato or “Felix the Cat” in English is an enthusiastic and well liked member of the South American Compass Expeditions team.

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Danny is a Brazilian certified lawyer from Rio de Janeiro who could not turn away from his outdoor and motorcycle passions. He is one of our ride leaders for the South American and Road of Bones rides and since started working for Compass Expeditions has been through some amazing adventures with our clients. His motorcycle and communication skills & local knowledge aligned with his thrill for new challenges fitted perfectly with our company energy and objectives. Daniel is extremely well liked by all our clients.

 

Edgardo Buk (Eddy)

Edgardo has been with Compass Expeditions since the running of our first tour in November, 2008. Originally acting as our shipping agent in Chile, Edgardo is now a valuable part of the Compass family working as our South America vehicle fleet manager. With a Bachelor of Commerce degree (International Marketing) from the Universidad de Congreso in Mendoza, Edgardo manages the maintenance and purchasing of our new bikes, support vehicles and spare parts. Based in Mendoza, Argentina, Edgardo travels all over the continent to ensure that our fleet of bikes and support vehicles is maintained to the highest level.

Together at Compass Expeditions we hope to combine our experience, knowledge, expertise and passion to take you on the most rewarding travel experience of your life.

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