I have enjoyed being in the outdoors since I was a young girl when my parents took myself and my sister out. My first proper mountain day was to do the Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) Horseshoe when I was 10 years old. I remember crying and worrying that my dad would fall off. . . how things have changed.
After a military career which ended due to a shin condition which doesn’t allow me to run, I turned my hand to cooking, and whilst I loved the buzz of a very busy kitchen, I never managed to play out as much as I would like.
11 years ago, I set the wheels in motion, moved to the lake district and changed my life. I am now living the dream as they say, going out to play every day, showing people the love I have for the outdoors, the mountains, and our beautiful country, and hopefully passing on the knowledge that my parents gave me. During that time, I’ve started to travel, with a healthy list of countries to my belt now along with some rather large pointy mountains, including the alps, Norway, Iceland, Poland, Kyrgyzstan and the himalaya. I travel to Nepal yearly, taking people to Everest base camp, or similar trips, and hope one day to be able to stand on top of the world as I have dreamed of since looking at the books from as a youngster.
Places to play
I have lived in the lake district for 11 years, which gives me fantastic access to most mountain areas of the UK, but, I have a special love for the northwest highlands, Skye in particular, so much so I got married there. My other favourite place is the southwest coast of Crete, cliff jumping and snorkeling.
Not a lot of people Know this
I happen to be a qualified chef from the days when I had a “proper” job, so you’ll often find homemade goodies lurking in my rucksack, oh. . . And I play the flute.