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At heart I am an explorer; an adventurous soul  on a wonderful journey.  Pulled deeper into life by a powerful curiosity and imagination.

Continually surprised and often challenged,  at times cast adrift and others set soaring.  Fascinated by the interesting and unique characters I encounter at every step along my path…

…a life woven from intense and treasured memories of shared journeys with so many inspiring friends.

Come share an adventure with me today!

Upcoming Adventures… 

NORGE PÅ LANGS 2500km:  Winter 2018

“The length of Norway on skis: Winter 2018″.

In January 2018 I will embark on one of the longest and most challenging ski-journeys of my life.  I will ski the classic Norge pa langs, from Lindesnes, the most southerly tip of Norway to Nordkapp in the far north, a distance of approximately 2500km.

Approximate route 2500km

Alone and without any mechanized transportation I will set out in mid-January 2018 and aim to complete the traverse in 80days.

My route will take me through some of the most remote mountains of Norway and the borderlands with Sweden and Finland.  For accommodation I will use DNT Mountain Cabins, private cabins and tented camps.  I will pick up pre-placed resupplies of food, maps and other essential items at various points along the route.

Initially daylight hours will be short, and winter storms combined with unconsolidated snow may pose significant challenges.  If it is a low-snow winter then I may have to complete some sections on foot.  The more frequented southerly mountains, (the Setesdalsheiane, Hardangervidda, Skarvheimen, Jotenheimen and Rondane) I plan to traverse during the height of winter when few other skiers will be about.

I will be using metal edged Nordic touring skis with waxed bases and a facility to use a short “skin” when the ascents are steeper or the snow conditions more difficult.  Salewa and Dynafit have kindly provided me with mountain clothing ready for the arduous conditions I will undoubtedly encounter during my traverse.

From mid-Norway above Trondheim I will have to be more self-sufficient with more tented camps and with longer periods without resupply.

The final sections across the Finmark plateau in the far north cross a vast remote wilderness littered with lakes of various sizes.  It is imperative that I complete this section before the first major spring thaw, usually early to mid-April.  If the snow is poor and the lakes are not frozen then traversing this section will become much more dangerous and time consuming.

This inspiring and challenging adventure is often completed during the summer months, mostly by Norwegians, but becomes a much more challenging and committing adventure when attempted in winter.  It can be completed in stages over several winters or, less frequently, during the course of a single winter.  It is most often attempted by small teams but has been completed solo.  The fastest known time for a winter traverse is 65 days but most teams take over 100 days.  For more information about the traverse take a look at this Norwegian website.

I am self-funding this personal adventure and all money that you donate will go directly and entirely to the Ulysses Trust.  Your support and donation will be a big psychological boost to me on the tough journey ahead…. so I invite you to support me in spirit and the Ulysses Trust financially.  Thank you!

 

Tania is one of the most talented and versatile mountaineers that I have met.  Through years of dedication to her craft she has reached the pinnacle of her trade as a qualified mountain guide, whilst also finding time to develop her skills as a cross country skier and race coach. Her ability to transition from a cross country ski race, to hard rock climbing or scaling high Alpine peaks is testament to her immense personal talent and also her broad minded approach to the mountains.  She takes enjoyment from all aspects of her craft and especially from coaching young people and bringing them into the mountains.  I can think of few people more worthy of being an ambassador for the Ulysses Trust.”             Lt Gen Ivan Hooper   President Army Mountaineering Association.

Donate to the Ulysses Trust 25th Anniversary appeal and help motivate me towards my goal...

Donate to the Ulysses Trust 25th Anniversary appeal and help motivate me towards my goal...

 

Here you will find some of my recent adventures in the Alps and beyond…