Tell us about your background and how you prepare for your expeditions
So far it has been relatively progressive. I came from a strong sailing background rather than climbing background so the whole journey has been short and fast.
The first mountain I climbed was Mont Blanc, then climbed several other mountains in the Alps before heading to the Himalayas. I had several trips to the Himalayas before finally heading off to Everest. After two attempts of the ‘Everest Double’ I thought the obvious choice would be the ‘K2 Double’. It will be interesting which route I take after that.
Tell us about some of your best experiences
Many amazing experiences, I think in hindsight one of my favourite experiences would have been on the North Side of Everest on my second Everest Expedition. I had just summited Everest from the south side before heading over to try and summit from the north and there were only three of us on the north side of the mountain following in the footsteps of George Mallory. Being able to see the summit and not another soul on the mountain was a pretty epic feeling.
I think the sunrise on the South Summit of Everest was pretty incredible. You’re climbing through the dark with a head torch and then all of a sudden the sun comes up over the Himalayas and you realise quite how high and vulnerable you are. It’s absolutely breath-taking and incredibly addictive.
The summit of Annapurna was incredible. I must admit, the mountain has a very small success rate due to weather and avalanches. When I set off I wasn’t expecting to summit but when we did it was a massive surprise!