What was your first adventure?
Walking the Ring of Kerry in Ireland as a 9 year old. One afternoon I felt a bit tired so I got a piggy back from Dad – the jolting hurt so much after 5 minutes I thought I’d go back to walking! Doing the GR11 along the Pyrenees at 16 was another early adventure.
What has been your most memorable adventure?
Overwintering at Rothera research station in Antarctica.
What item of travel kit you can't do without?
Eye mask – really useful when sleeping on snow in a tent as the reflected light is so bright.
What three bits of advice would you give to people who are keen on adventures, trekking and climbing?
1) gradually build up relevant experience over time before going on to harder things
2) always be bothered – to put on suncream, tighten a knot, change a layer…
3) leave the mountainous areas and the people you meet there the same or better off when you leave.
What is the best thing about your job?
Getting to climb and ski year round in the mountains with psyched people!