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About

  • William Grimes Altaffer is a graduate of the University of Southern California. B.A. and M.S. in History.
  • World's Most Traveled Man 2005 - 2006
  • Taught at Mammoth and Manual Arts High Schools.
  • 4-Star member of the Photographic Society of America
  • Member of Travelers Century Club for 30 years.
  • Member of the Circumnavigators Club. Member of 356 Registry competing in concourse events with his 1957 Porsche Speedster.
  • Member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of the Revolution
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Member of the Screen Actors Guild, worked in over 100 films starting with Rich Man Poor Man - the first mini-series
  • Visited every country in the world, plus 300 island groups, disputed areas, territories and colonies
  • Published dozens of exotic travel articles
  • Among first tourists into Post Mao China, Midway, Socotra, into East Timor, Post-Khomeini Iran, last pre-war into Iraq, and one of the first Americans to modern Saudi Arabia and North Korea
  • Six trips to Antarctica, skied on 6 continents, 50 Equator crossings, 50 International Date Line crossings
  • Visited both poles - North and South
  • Used 12 passports and 130 visas
  • Tour manager for Hemphill-Harris Travel for 15 years, including West Coast Sales Manager
  • Created the Trans-Pacific voyage for Marine Expeditions from Santiago to Port Moresby
  • Over 450 sea days
  • Surfed on every continent
  • Level three Alpine ski instructor for 40 years, with over 30 at Mammoth
  • Member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America - 35 years as well as the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance
  • Member of the U.S. Ski Coaches Association
  • Head Ski Coach Mammoth High - 10 years
  • Member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and the USPTR
  • First American to surf the Queens Cliff Bombora off Manly Beach, Australia 1962
  • Member of the Dewey Weber and Val Surf Team
  • Director of the Mammoth Mountain Standard Race
  • Holds Ski Magazines Award for Best Ski Pointer over a 25-year period
  • Skip Barber Race Car Driving School -1st in class
  • Member of the John Leoning Kung-Fu Karate School, 1961-1966
  • Most importantly, father of Lena and Joe

"Bill has privately escorted us to the far corners of the world. He is a one-of-a-kind expert of exotic adventure travel."

Ralph Carpenter
Delano, California