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I can still remember the very first time I discovered my passion for the outdoors.  It was during a particularly bleak and miserable school trip the Lake District at the age of 13. While most my age would have run a mile at the thought of having to climb a mountain in horizontal rain and with a complete lack of adequate clothing, I was totally fascinated by the prospect of venturing out in such conditions. After what felt like a long and harrowing battle against the elements, I eventually reached the top of the Old Man of Coniston, barely able to stand against the unrelenting wind, as my day-sack cover inflated like a parachute behind me. Yet I can still vividly recall the most profound sense of achievement of having climbed to the summit of my very first mountain.

Although now just a fond and distant memory, I will never forget the overwhelming feelings of enjoyment, excitement, fulfilment and freedom that the mountains had given me. It will forever remain in my mind as the moment I took my fist step down the path towards what I wanted to do for the rest of my life!  Little did I know then quite were that path would take me……………

With a new-found taste for adventure, I joined the Army Cadets and completed my Duke of Edinburgh’s Award before leaving school.  Continuing to look for opportunities to test my mental and physical resolve, my first foray into the mountains outside of the UK, was a solo and unguided ascent of Mont Blanc at the age of only 18, despite having no prior experience Alpine Mountaineering. Later qualifying as a Mountain Leader, most of my time was spent in the mountains of the UK and European Alps.  

After finishing university, I joined the British Army.  This allowed me to travel to some of the world’s most volatile countries, including Afghanistan, North and South Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Mali and other vast swathes of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. I also had the opportunity to undertake various excursions, including a number of ventures into remote and rarely visited areas of the Sahara Desert.

Yet mountaineering has always remained my true passion. In 2016, I completed the Alpine ‘Big Three’, by making unguided ascents of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Eiger. I also recently undertook a solo traverse of the Transylvanian Alps with the aim of reaching the summit the highest mountain in Romania during the depths of winter; a journey that involved permanent sub-zero temperatures, unplanned emergency snow holes and a very close encounter with a mountain bear!

As a result of my experiences to date, I remain passionate about the leading and coaching of young people in a range of challenging outdoor environments. By also speaking and writing about my own adventures (and the occasional misadventure!), I hope to inspire the next generation of young explorers, from all walks of life, to seek out the everyday opportunities that are open to us all when we have confidence in our abilities and a ‘can-do’ attitude.

I believe that adventure doesn’t have to be about how high you’ve climbed or how far you’ve walked. Adventure is about experiencing the life-changing journey of self-discovery that each and every one of us is capable of making when we take a step outside of our comfort zone.

So dream less, adventure more……….

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