I am an International Mountain Leader who, when a young lad, knew overseas travel was for the affluent or the fortunate. However, I was fortunate enough to spend several summers in Sweden where my father was working. This was enough to develop my passion for overseas adventures. I was asked recently why I like to travel and I guess it’s the people, their lives, their country and their mountains and wilderness. My first real adventure involved a solo bike ride to Morocco and back a total of 4,695 miles! Lots of learning and lots of adventures for a 19 year old!
I have since been fortunate enough to work, climb or ski with friends and lead many overseas trips to Central and North Africa, South and North America, Scandinavia, India and Nepal. Besides planning and leading climbing and mountaineering trips (and managing a Nordic ski racing team for a few winters) I set up a youth expedition company and later teamed up with a larger company and had ten years in this fabulous world of travel and personal development.
As an International Mountain Leader and member of the British Association Of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML) I now lead overseas trips for young people or adults, generally allowing grown up companies to do the tough planning work and allowing me the fruits of their labour. We now live in far more environmentally aware world and live with Covid 19 Virus in 2020 and its aftermath. How will international travel in its current form recover?
I dearly hope that we can continue to travel and that we find a way to do this in a more environmentally sensitive way.
We are an extraordinary race with huge potential to innovate. I love expeditioning in distant places in fine mountain ranges with those sharing my passions for mountain climbing.