I’m a member of the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA) and a member of the British Mountain Guide Association (BMG). This means I hold the highest recognized guiding qualification and allows me to guide worldwide in all mountain disciplines. I’m a passionate and dedicated skier, alpinist and all round climber. I’ve particularly pursued the art of steep skiing which has led me to ski first descents in the Alps, New Zealand, B.C. Canada, Norway and Baffin Island.
I was born in Arlington, Virginia, in the United States. Aged 11 I moved to Lewes, East Sussex with my family for a change of scenery. I began climbing on the major sandstone outcrops of Sussex aged 17, but only began to passionately pursue climbing while at university in Nottingham. My passion for climbing, adventure and the odd dose of suffering, led me to move to permanently to Chamonix in 2009.
In the UK I have climbed hundreds of routes up to E4 and Scottish VII.
I have also climbed around one hundred alpine routes, from PDs to EDs and big walls in the USA.
Some highlights include:
- 3 ascents of the North Face of Les Droites, twice in winter
- 3 routes on the Grandes Jorasses; the Croz Spur, the Walker Spur and the Tronchey Arete
- Peuterey Integrale
- Matterhorn North Face
- Dru Couloir
- Late to Say I’m sorry, M6, 5c, A1, North Face Grand Rocheuse
- A rare winter ascent of the Freney Face of Mont Blanc
- Ascent of the Frendo Spur in 3 hours 30, and the Swiss Route in 3 hours 15 with freeride skis
- Solo single push of the Royal Traverse in 12 hours to Mont Blanc
- Super Couloir Direct Start
- Pinnochio, Tacul East Face
- The Nose, El Capitan
- South Face of Washington Column
I first strapped on a pair of planks aged 13 on a school trip to Austria. Within two years, I had reached the rarefied level of Ecole du Ski Francais Deux Etoile, winning several prestigious ski school slalom competitions along the way. This provided a solid foundation upon which to build on, and since living full time in the Alps (fist Tignes, now Chamonix), I have spent an unhealthy amount of time on very steep snowy slopes. In addition to skiing extreme descents, I also very much enjoy lift served freeriding and exploratory backcountry tours.
A few ski mountaineering highlights:
- First descent of the Caroline Face on Mt. Cook in New Zealand and Malte Brun via the Zigzag route.
- First descent of Blackfriars North Couloir in British Columbia
- Complete descent of the Kalhiltna Queen West Face without rappel, Central Alaska Range
- Descent of Denali from the summit via the Messner Couloir and the Orient Express
- 2nd Descent of the Grand Couloir of the Brenva (Sentinelle Rouge Couloir), first time without rappel and heli
- First descents in the Mont Blanc Massif: West Couloir of the Aigulle Tour Noir and SW face of the Aiguille Tricot
- First descents in New Zealand, notably the South Face of Mt. Darwin and the West Face of Elie de Beaumont
- East Face of Mt. Cook
- Frendo Spur
- North Face Les Courtes – Cordier Gabarrou
- Multiple descents of the North Face of the Aiguille du Midi – Eugster Diagonal, Mallory and Col du Plan North Face
- Gervasutti, Jager and Diable couloirs
- Rare descents of the Col de La Brenva and the West Couloir Direct on the Chardonnet
- South Face Direct, Les Courtes after climbing Swiss Route
- Solo of the SW Face of Les Droites off first bin
- Traverse of the Aiguille Verte to ski the Whymper
- 3rd Descent of the South Face of Mont Blanc du Tacul
- Several first descents in Baffin Island on lines from 800-1500m long
- Polar Star Couloir, north face of Beluga Spire, Baffin
I work closely with a number of outdoor brands who support me in what I do. I’m an ambassador for Black Crows Skis, a young and dynamic ski brand based out of Chamonix. I also receive support from Scarpa, Plum Bindings, Grivel, SunGod, Jottnar, Concept Pro Shop, Deuter, Edelweiss ropes.