I am originally from New Zealand but lived for many years in the UK, which is where I did the international mountain guide training and assessment. Currently I live in Leysin, Switzerland - which is easy to reach from Geneva, is close to the main climbing and skiing areas in the western Alps, and has excellent rock, ice and powder snow right on the doorstep. My personal ‘climbing life’ includes extensive experience climbing at high-altitude in remote mountain ranges: in Alaska, Cordillera Blanca, Karakoram, Daxue Shan, Himalayas , Tien Shan, Sikkim and Tibet. These include exploratory trips to technical peaks such Changabang, Pumari Chhish and Chomolhari; and also some of the 8000m peaks in the Karakoram. I have also been involved in mountain related development initiatives, including work with the AKRSP, UNEP, IUCN , UIAA and the Govenrment of Sikkim and Sikkim Amateur Mountaineering Association. Prior to becoming a guide I worked as a Research Associate in the field of Public Health and I hold a PhD from the University of Manchester. Another area of work I enjoy is contributing to leadership programmes for large institutions and I have recently completed training to become a life and business Coach.