Our Team
Our Team
Ryan S. Blair
Ryan Director

Originally from the West Coast of the United States, Ryan has developed a career in Asia specializing in outdoor education, skills training, and adventure sport event & athlete management.    After completing a degree in international business and taking part in adventures throughout the Rocky and Himalayan Mountains, Ryan settled in Hong Kong in 1995.

By 1997 Ryan had been responsible for organizing several sports & entertainment events in Hong Kong and in 1998 became Race Director of the first adventure race in Hong Kong, Action Asia Challenge.   In addition, Ryan was Director of Activities for an outdoor youth charity, Action Asia Foundation, and spearheaded several projects in Hong Kong, Thailand, and Taiwan. 

In 2000-1, Ryan played a key role in establishing a partnership between Action Asia and National Geographic, and subsequently, managed the first series of international adventure races in Asia.  Ryan developed races in Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia, with the events broadcasted internationally on ESPN-Star Sports and the National Geographic Channel. 

After relocating to Singapore in 2001 to carry out consulting work in the outdoor education industry, Ryan returned to Hong Kong in 2002 to establish a partnership and Asia Pacific Adventure with friend and former colleague, Stuart Sharpless.  Over several years, this partnership evolved into a group of companies, namely, APA Group, spanning many areas of the outdoor sector, as well as, corporate training, retail and filming industries.

Ryan is also an elite adventure sports athlete who has managed Asia’s #1 adventure team over the past decade, The North Face Adventure team.  He has won numerous regional adventure races and trail running events, and competed in several expedition and stage adventure race world championships.  Ryan has helped nurture and manage many top Asian ultra-trail runners and adventure racers while pursuing his passion to inspire others to get outside to enjoy and value our great outdoors. 
 
Stuart Sharpless
StuartDirector

Stuart Sharpless has over 25 years of experience in the outdoor industry, and is one of the most experienced outdoor professionals in Asia. Originally from the UK, Stuart has delivered and organized outdoor training programs and events in over 20 countries world wide, including locations as North America, Australasia, Asia & Europe.

Prior to helping establish Asia Pacific Adventure, in 2002, Stuart had previously been a senior instructor for several outdoor companies in the UK, as well as, a lead staff for 5 years with Hong Kong's Outward Bound School.

In addition to his facilitation background, Stuart is also one of the most technically experienced / qualified outdoor consultants in Asia. Holding qualifications and examiners certificates in; mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, avalanche operations, mountain rescue, white water rescue, white water kayaking / canoeing & wilderness first aid amongst others.

As a result, Stuart has consulted for many companies (including National Geographic, Action Asia, AXN/Sony, and IMG) on safety and technical aspects of many international outdoor events throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Stuart is a passionate outdoors enthusiast and operates in some of the toughest environments. He has won numourous regional adventure races, as well as qualified and competed in two world championships.
 
Al Nino Capangpangan
NinoSenior Program Manager & Outdoor Facilitator

Born and raised in the Philippines, Al Nino (or “Nino”) has been an outdoor facilitator specialist for several years. Nino has designed and facilitated adventure-based team building programs for both corporate and youth clients, and is also proficient with technical set-up on high elements and a certified Rescue Diver (PADI).

In 2007 Nino traveled to Bradford Woods, Outdoor Center of Indiana University, USA, where he worked as an Instructor for Environmental & Adventure Education, and developed a passion for working with youth with disabilities.

A true adventure enthusiast and a very easy-going person, Nino has a passion for all things outdoors. Nino joined the Asia Pacific Adventure team in September, 2009 as a freelance Facilitator, and has quickly progressed to be a full-time Program Manager.
 
Anthony Barrett
AnthonySenior Program Manager & Outdoor Facilitator

Anthony has been an outdoorsman all his life, but started climbing seriously seven years ago, rapidly gaining qualifications in mountaineering and rock climbing. Anthony has worked for activity centers all across the UK where he trained in multiple outdoor activities including climbing, hiking, and paddle sports.

Whilst in the UK, Anthony honed his leadership and facilitation skills before departing for international-based work. Since he left the UK, Anthony has worked in Canada and most recently in Hong Kong, continuing to develop himself professionally and learning to appreciate different outdoor cultures. Living on Lamma Island in Hong Kong, Anthony enjoys climbing, sea kayaking, open-water swimming, slack lining, and trail walking in his spare time.

Since joining APA, Anthony hasrapidly moved into the Program Manager role where he is currently enjoying the challenge of working directly with clients to create new and exciting programs in some of Hong Kong’s most beautiful outdoor places.

 

 
Joel Cheung
JoelProgram Manager & Outdoor Facilitator

Born in London but raised on the picturesque island of Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, Joel has recently moved from working in the outdoor education industry in the UK to a position of Program Manager with Asia Pacific Adventure back in his home City. Having a keen interest in the modern history & culture of Hong Kong, he can often be found hiking around decommissioned fortifications and abandoned villages in the New Territories.

Joel is excited to be living and working back in his native homeland and sharing the joys of outdoor adventure and education with the youth of Hong Kong.

 

 
Dominica Wong

DominicaClient Relationship Manager

Dominica grew up enjoying hiking, cycling and taking part in scout groups during her childhood in Hong Kong, volunteering for non-profit organisations during her spare time.


After graduating with a degree in Information Science and Linguistics from City University (Hong Kong), Dominica spent time working and traveling around Australia and America. Back in Hong Kong, Dominica worked in a variety of fields, including logistics, legal, hospitality, guest services, corporate training, sales and marketing, stage management and show business. These different challenges and experiences enabled her to further determine her career path into sales and marketing with a focus on client’s satisfaction.


From 2005 to 2010 Dominica worked as a lead staff within the entertainment and events department at Hong Kong Disneyland Theme Park, before joining Asia Pacific Adventure in 2014 as Client Relationship Manager.

 
Steve Corbin
SteveOutdoor Facilitator

Steve Corbin moved to Hong Kong from the UK with his Family in 1996, and has spent the last several years as an entrepreneur developing and consulting with various diverse businesses, in addition to his work as an outdoor facilitator with Asia Pacific Adventure (APA).

Steve has lived and traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and also spent 12 years as an Officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves as an Adventure Training Instructor in the UK.

Steve’s passion for the outdoors has led to him participating in a wide range of adventure racing events throughout Asia, as well as participating in several dragon boat racing competitions each year.

Steve is also the founder of the annual Team FEAR Junior Challenge Adventure Race held in Discovery Bay on Lantau, which is organized for young people aged 8 – 15 years and is Hong Kong’s premier youth adventure race.

Steve joined Asia Pacific Adventure’s team in 2004 and is also a regular corporate experiential training facilitator with APA’s sister company Paradigm Consultants International.
 
Wai Wah Yip (Geordie)
GeordieTechnical Facilitator

Geordie Yip is one of the most experienced all around climbers and technical specialists based in Asia.  Since starting climbing in the 1980ís near his home in England, Geordie has gone on to travel, climb and guide around the world with successful expeditions in the Nepal Himalayas, China and South East-Asia, North America, and Europe.

Geordie has not only guided on rock, ice, and mountains, but also worked on mountain search and rescue teams in Canada and worked around Asia as a technical specialist for international adventure races.  He has completed courses in wilderness first aid, rock rescue and both the Alpine Mountain Guide and Rock Guide courses with the American Mountain Guides Association.

Geordie joined the Asia Pacific Adventure team in 2002 and plays a key role as a program technical facilitator, climbing instructor, as well as, a technical specialist in the companyís facility development division.
 
Colin Bolton
ColinOutdoor Facilitator

Col hails from the UK but has worked his way around the world in countries such as the UK, Norway, American, Canada, Australia where he has worked with Outward Bound Schools since 1962. For the last 50 years the outdoors and Outdoor Education have been his life.

Col became Chief Instructor and Program Director for Outward Bound and directed an Outdoor Adventure Education program for 15 years at a college in South Australia and worked for the University of South Australia in their Outdoor/Adventure training programme.

As well as a qualified teacher, he is also an accomplished mountaineer, rock climber, skier, paraglider, diver, sailor and kayaker, being at Instructor level in most of these activities. Col joined the Asia Pacific Adventure’s Youth team in 2007 and has been guiding and instructing his many facets of skills in the outdoors ever since.
 
Mike Soriano
Mike SorianoTechnical Facilitator

Originally from Manila, Mike has over 15 years of experience in the Philippine outdoor industry as an adventure tour guide, rock climbing instructor, and technical ropes specialist.

Mike has taught indoor climbing at the International School Manila for over a decade, and has been trained under the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association for Rock1, Rock 2 and Bush 1. Mike is also IRATA level 1 certified.

Mike started working with APA in 2006 and has been a key member of the technical team, as well as, with facilitation and coordination. ‘Cool Mike’ is one of the most easy going and relaxed people you will meet and always a pleasure to have next to your side when hanging over a cliff face wondering what to do next!

 
Calvin Lieu
CalvinTechnical Facilitator

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Calvin is a passionate outdoorsman who has been rock climbing for over a decade around the world.

After getting a degree in geology from Carleton in Minnesota, he joined APA in 2009. Calvin has quickly become a key member of the technical and facilitation team, and is always a favorite amongst the other staff and students alike. If you happen to have Calvin on your program don’t forget to get in a thought-provoking discussion on his thesis of Oceanic Anoxic Cycles of the Mid-cretaceous.
 
Wendell Getubig
WendellOutdoor Facilitator

While studying at university, Wendell stumbled upon rock climbing and the sport soon after began to shape his career path. After graduation Wendell became a rock climbing instructor and one of the pioneers of the growth of the sport in Cebu, his home in the Philippines.

Wendell is an official route-setter, judge and belayer for the Sport Climbing Association of the Philippines (SCAPI) and has been trained to many International credit certificate.

Wendell joined the APA Youth Division in 2008, and has played a key role in both facilitating youth groups, and monitoring several technical safety areas of programs.

Every day is an adventure for Wendell, as he travels the world climbing, surfing, playing ultimate frisbee, and facilitating outdoor experiential learning programs.
 
Kristian Guerrero
KristianOutdoor Facilitator

Originally from the Philippines, Kristian is a high-level athlete who has created a career in his passion for the outdoors and working with youth.

Over a decade ago he took up the sport of rock climbing and soon established himself as one of the top climbers in the country. In 2002, Kristian joined the National Climbing Team and has since competed all over Asia, including a top 5 result in the Asia X games, along with several National titles.

Kristian became a climbing instructor in 2005, specializing in courses with teenagers. This led to him joining APA in 2007 as both a technical specialist and a key member of our youth facilitation team.

When not climbing or teaching, Kristian competes in his other passion, Ultimate Frisbee, which has taken him around the world as one of the most talented players from Asia.