I have been lucky in life, being able to spend the whole working element of it as a practitioner in the outdoors. Spending time in some amazing places with fantastic people, doing a job that I love. My passion for the outdoors and adventure grew from a desire to escape the dreary life of a South Yorkshire mining town and the prospect of a life hewing coal 600m underground for a living. Discovering the moors and crags of the South Pennines was the catalyst for this narrow escape.
From the humble beginnings of the South Pennines, I have travelled, lived, worked, climbed, hiked, run, cycled, canoed, skied, surfed and partied across the globe. I am now more settled, living on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, and still trying my best to continue climbing, hiking, canoeing and cycling, although I admit my partying days are over!
Place to Play
When the weather is good there is nowhere better to play than Western Scotland or Northern England. Although I also have a soft spot for Yosemite and Northern California.
Not a lot of people know this
As a teenager, I started playing rugby and one of my teammates was a movie star!