I am really proud to have worked hard to create a life spending so many great days in the mountains with friends and clients. I have been lucky enough to spend a large part of my life in beautiful places on incredible climbs, many of them new routes. For me it is a very simple but powerful form of adventure. No gimmicks. The high stakes mean powerful bonds in the team are paramount. I also love visiting new places and cultures, and spending time with my family and friends and climbing and skiing.
But going to adventure festivals to speak, means I get to spend time watching lots of films and other great speakers, and having a couple of beers, once I have done my talk!
I’m really looking forward to the Durham Adventure Festival, as the Elise Downing & Dave Cornthwaite talks really look interesting – I spend so much time climbing and skiing that it is nice to hear from people doing different types of adventures.
There are also loads of good films on offer, but Film Collection A would be my pick. The film Weightless offers viewing the Azores from above, so has got to be visually stunning. The film Searching For Christmas Tree also looks intriguing: “… following the journey of a university professor looking to break free from a life of routine in China and a mysterious frozen waterfall that no one knows the whereabouts of.”
And of course, just being in Durham itself. An interesting place, with a former mining culture and a good university. There must be good beer up there?!
Mountaineer & Motivational Speaker