Chase Guttman is a passionate and talented photographer, political junkie, intrepid explorer, and world traveler. Chase visited more than 35 countries, 45 U.S. states, and 8 Canadian provinces by the time he was 12.
He's crossed Saharan dunes by camel in Morocco, dogsledded with an Iditerod legend in Wyoming, taken wagon trains across the Dakotas,
heli-hiked through the Canadian Rockies, snowmobiled Iceland's vast glaciers, sailed wooden ice yachts on the Hudson, rafted tidal bores on the Bay of Fundy, and rode both Olympic bobsleds and Stanley Steamers.
He has harvested cranberries in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, worked with an eel trapper in the middle of the Delaware River, rescued baby puffins beneath the cliffs of the Westmann Islands, tracked jaguars in Belize and competed with national champion log burlers in Pennsylvania. During his travels, he has slept in lighthouses, treehouses, teepees, swamp platforms, stalactite-covered caves and ice hotels.
Chase has met with three American presidents and climbed over several more when he stood atop George Washington's granite wig at Mount Rushmore.
He has been in the New York Times, CNN's iReport and was the featured subject of an award-winning article in the Dallas Morning News. Chase Guttman is also the winner of the 2010 Young Travel Photographer of the Year, an international competition judged by magazine editors and museum curators. His photographic work will be on exhibition at London's prestigious Royal Geographic Society in the spring of 2011.
My Most Memorable Trip- My most memorable trip was to Morocco where I enjoyed roaming through the narrow alleyways of Marrakesh, guided by the stench of the tanneries and the colorful spices of the markets. I loved my Saharan journey through an ocean of sand dunes in a caravan of camels arriving at a distant desert oasis late at night.
Oddest Travel Moment- Perhaps my oddest travel moment occurred in a Yukon saloon famous for offering their exclusive "Sourtoe Cocktail". The drink actually includes a severed and unappetizing human toe that has been preserved in salt and is placed in a shot of Yukon Jack. Lines run out the doors of the Downtown Hotel, where you sit down with the toe master and have the drink. To receive his certificate, the rules state "you can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips have got to touch the toe". Bottoms up.
Most Interesting Person I Met While Traveling: The most interesting person I met while traveling was a colorfully self-reliant, off-the-grid, bearded eel trapper living the pioneer life. It was fascinating to hang out with him at night in the middle of a raging Delaware River on top of his handmade stone and wooden device and listen to the slimy eels periodically dropping into the trap. The yearly eel migration signaled my new friend that it was time to fire up the smoke house to prepare his delicacy.