About Us – TheBlueSpace Guides Co-operative
We are a group of dedicated, like minded professionals, bringing together a wealth of knowledge and experience. We love the wild outdoors and want to save the planet. We are qualified and experienced and follow the principals of participatory economics – Parecon
A percentage of any profit from treks goes for the education of marginalized Tamang children through Childspace Foundation Nepal
The Blue Space Nepal (P.) Ltd is incorporated in Nepal – company registration number: 26701.
Name: Ben Gilbert
Countries: Nepal Expert, Worldwide Outdoor and Guiding Experience.
Founder of TheBlueSpace. Expedition Leader, Climber, Canyoning / Bushwalking Guide and Instructor.
Ben is a high alpine explorer; has mapped canyons in Hokkaido and the remote regions of Lapchi Kang and the Sanjin valley while undertaking snow leopard surveys.
Ben runs TheBlueSpace Conservation Projects, Snow Shoe trips in Arctic Sweden, Wildlife and Canyon trips in the Basque Pyrenees and tough hikes in Mallorca.
Full Time Co-operative Member
Name: Tasi Lama
Countries: Nepal Expert, India, Tibet, Darjeeling, Sikkim
Director of Operations for TheBlueSpace in Nepal.
From a Tibetan family living in Nepal. After spending most of his childhood and early teenage years in and around Buddhist monasteries, Tasi opted to be directly involved in helping others. Worked in travel and tourism since 1998 and is particularly concerned with reforming tourism. He began his career as an Office Manager of Ramdung “Go” Treks and Expedition Ltd followed by tour operator and various other positions. Currently he is an instructor at the Himalayan Tourism School and runs Blue Space Nepal (P) Ltd.
Involved in Nepal Social Change Projects – particularly in the lobby to stop the illicit trafficking of Tamang girls for the sex trade in India; and an education and job skills programme for youth affected and lacking education due to the civil war.
President of The Helping Society of Nepal (NGO) and The Child Space Foundation Nepal.
Nepal Guide License No: 1482
Full time Co-operative Member
Child Space Foundation Nepal
Name: Jaggat Lama
Countries: Nepal Expert
Head Guide, Himalayan Wildlife and Remote Expedition Expert
Full time Co-operative Member
Name: Pat O’Keefe
Countries: Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar Burma, Hokkaido Japan, India, Laos, Thailand, Tibet, Zambia
Experienced Kayaker, Rafting Guide, Trekker, Mountain Climber. Manages Outdoor Projects in Nepal, Myanmar (Burma), Hokkaido, Siam Rivers Thailand, part owner of The Last Resort Nepal.
Runs Rafting, Trekking and Canyoning trips in Bhutan, Nepal, Hokkaido, India, Myanmar Burma and Thailand.
Patrick runs all Hokkaido activities from his amazing rural base in The Hidaka Range Wilderness.
In memory of Tessa McGregor
01/02/2017 in RZSS
Tessa McGregor, who died on 14th January, was an ardent and consummate professional wildlife biologist and conservationist. Her life-long passion for wildlife and wild places motivated both her personal and professional life.
She loved working and living in remote places, including the Sundarban forests of Bangladesh and India, the South African bush, the Altai mountains and the Middle East.
Indeed, here in Scotland when Tessa first joined the board of Trustees for RZSS, Tessa was living on the Isle of Luing on the West Coast. Occasionally, Tessa would fail to either get to or reach home from an RZSS board meeting here in Edinburgh as a result of the cancellation of the small ferry that connects the mainland to the island, because of severe weather. Even after moving to the Island of Ulva a few years ago, it proved more challenging at times to get to and off the island that she fallen in love with.
Her field work, coupled with her science-based approach to the subject of conservation, was mixed with a passion to communicate to large audiences through the media. Consequently she made many radio and TV programmes for the BBC as well as writing for nature and wildlife magazines.
Tessa was a recognised expert on big cat conservation and, having spent years in the field, realised that the key to success in this area was through consultation and advocacy in an attempt to resolve human-wildlife conflict issues.
Her ongoing projects included conservation activity related to the snow leopard in the Altai Republic, the Arabian leopard in Oman, the Amur leopard in Eastern Siberia and mountain/tundra wildlife in Asia and Nepal wildlife; and also snow leopard projects for ‘TheBlueSpace Co-operative’.
Tessa believed in the work of the Society and as you would expect had a particular fondness for the Highland Wildlife Park. Crucially, given her standing in the communities of Argyll (including the farming communities), Tessa was very helpful in smoothing the way in the early stages of the Scottish Beaver Trail in Knapdale, when not everyone was as keen on beavers in the local community as they are now.
Tessa was a contributor to the Society over many years – always smiley, always friendly, always on message at board meetings but, equally, she was always inquisitive, passionate and forceful and was a voice of reason and someone to be respected.
As well as being a trustee and board member of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, she was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, scientific fellow of the Zoological Society of London, Winston Churchill Fellow and Explorer and a member of the Snow Leopard Network.
Most importantly, Tessa was a loving and caring mother for her two daughters Chloe and Olivia and a wonderful wife to her husband Jamie, who all shared Tessa’s love for wildlife, conservation and remote places. She will be much missed by colleagues and friends at RZSS and many, many more in Scotland and around the world.
By Iain Valentine
Director of Giant Pandas