Lucas Trihey – Owner
Lucas has worked in the adventure world for 30+ years and has experience in expeditions, remote events, film crew support, safety and risk consulting, medical teams, adventure events and conferences, adventure publishing and editing. His work has included training people to work in remote areas, adventure guides, roped activities, emergency response and retail.
Lucas is the medical team director for Ultra Trail Australia (“UTA”, previously known as North Face 100) and Coastrek NSW. He spent four years as course designer, rigger and safety director for The Test of the Toughest and he was the Australian team leader for the safety and rigging team at the 1997 Eco-Challenge. He is currently the medical team director for Coastrek, the Buffalo Stampede, 4-Peaks, Hounslow Classic, Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon, Kanangra Classic and the NSW Running Wild Series. He is Event Director for the 250km, 6-day Big Red Run and Big Red Bash in the Simpson Desert and Trek Director for the 11-day, 330km Burke and Wills Trek in the outback. He is Safety and Medical Director for the ANZAC Day Challenge. He rigged the rope climb/descent at the 2014 GeoQuest in the Flinders Ranges and sets up the Tarros Ladder bypass every year for Wild Endurance and UTA. Film production credits include The Edge (IMAX), Test of the Toughest, Rexona Australia’s Greatest Athlete, All About E and numerous docos and TVCs over 20 years.
Lucas advises and consults on risk management and event safety and has worked with the Victorian Rogaining Association, Birdsville Race Club and the Kep Track Ultra. He is a logistics and communications adviser and guest lecturer for Expedition and Wilderness Medicine. In 2006 he was the first person to walk across the Simpson Desert unsupported and avoiding 4WD tracks. The 17-day 400km trek was completed pulling a cart with all water and food and involved crossing 1000 dunes.
Recreationally Lucas has climbed rocks and mountains around the world, joined and led expeditions to far-flung places and he’s walked and driven across many of Australia’s deserts. Lucas was one of the founders of the Blue Mountains Climber’s Rescue Group and Australian Accident Register. He spent a lot of the 90s pioneering new rock climbs in his local Blue Mountains, spent a few summers ice-climbing in NZ and was the first Australian to fly a paraglider from the top of Mt Cook/Aoraki. To help pay off his first house he drove trucks and ran a tree-lopping business in between adventure work. He’s been bogged to the axles many times, has fixed broken-down cars in the outback and loves nothing more than a bush-mechanic challenge. From 2002 to 2008 he published and edited Outdoor Australia, Adventure Gear Guide and Adventure Journal.
Ella’s role at ESS includes map making, event planning, radio comms and logistics. She’s a qualified first aider with lots of experience performing first aid at endurance events and is a team leader for the first aid work, course marking and camp management that ESS does at large events. Ella has high-level navigation skills and knowledge of moving map and computer mapping. She maintains our first aid equipment stores, helps manage large teams and looks after the volunteer recruiting and rostering that we do for a number of events now.
Callum works to help plan and implement our support structures for large remote events which includes camp set-up, map creation, providing moving map navigation equipment for crew, and preparing our radio repeater network. Callum’s first aid knowledge sees him preparing gear and working in our first aid teams. Callum looks after our BGAN satellite internet systems and is part of the management team for big events.
Dr Glenn Singleman, Medical Director
Glenn is an experienced expedition doctor, remote specialist and veteran of many years in Emergency Rooms. With a fascinating mix of skills including Antarctic exploration since 1988, he’s an award winning film maker and base jumper. Glenn is always an interesting presence in our medical teams.
Mike has a background in telecommunications and radio and has developed our unique, portable and lightweight radio repeater equipment. Mike’s expertise and passion for technical innovation means ESS are leaders in providing reliable radio networks across large areas of remote or difficult terrain.
Ash is a first aider who helps with staff training and recruitment/rostering and who gets hands on with setting up radio networks. With her mix of skills and experience from admin to guiding Ash is great at matching the right staff to the range of tasks we need to deliver across our varied services and is one of our stand-by managers to help run a first aid crew when we have a couple of events on the go at any time.
ESS has 51 regular and casual staffers drawn from around Australia. This includes advanced riggers, water safety experts and authorities in high altitude mountaineering, geology, doctors, paramedics, physios, nurses and wilderness first aiders.