I was born in England and since the age of 10, grew up on a farm in Northern Tuscany with my family, where we made wine and olive oil. I have spent the last 25 years hiking, climbing and skiing in the Alps. I achieved degrees in Physical Education and Sports Management at Florence and Newcastle University and successfully completed a selective UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide course in Italy, the highest internationally recognized qualification for instruction and guiding in rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, off-piste skiing and ski touring. I have been guiding in the Alps since 2002 and have professionally lead treks and climbing expeditions in Asia, South America and the Middle East. I live in Ponte di Legno in the Central Italian Alps, an Ideal location for off piste skiing, ski touring and ice climbing in Winter and Spring. In Summer it is an ideal base for mountaineering in the Adamello-Presanella and Ortles-Cevedale ranges. Great Via Ferrata and rock climbing in the Brenta Dolomites. I also spend a lot of time in Finale Ligure on the Italian Riviera, one of the most famous rock climbing and mountain biking destinations in the World.