I feel most alive when going on adventures in the mountains; I consider myself first and foremost a runner but often find it more practical to take on the guise of a climber or mountaineer if there’s a big rock or snow and ice in the way.
Working as a hiking guide allows me to share my passion for the mountains with others; I find it truly fulfilling having the opportunity to facilitate others being able to experience the same elation I cherish from days out on the hill.
I am a firm believer in the great outdoors being a powerful tool for personal development. I value the challenges that spending time in the mountains throws at us, the time spent without distractions and noise and the clear headspace it allows for. I also find that hiking together can facilitate some of the best, open and far-reaching conversations; it’s amazing how often you set the world to rights when out on the trail!
I have hiked extensively in Europe, the Himalaya in Nepal, the Appalachian Trail in the USA and enjoy guiding in the Swiss Alps when I’m not exploring or guiding in the Highlands.
Place to play
The beautiful places not yet visited and waiting to be explored. I love the feeling of adventure you get when embarking on a journey in an area you don’t yet know, learning about the landscape, questioning what you see, and ultimately reflecting on how lucky you are to be able to move freely in nature.
Not a lot of people know
At home, my morning routine is sacred and consists of: baking bread (the current favourite mix is whole meal spelt and rye), burning incense and doing sun salutations, before making ‘proper porridge’ (the stuff that you need to soak overnight and then cook for 10 minutes). One of the hardest bits about guiding is having to forego it!