Hello and the warmest welcome to you.
I am a life loving, multidiscipline man who’s deeply committed to personal growth and feel my obligation to make the world around a better place.
I believe we all have the ability to find within us that spark that lights the lamp. And together, we can illuminate the entire world.
As a sojourner all through adult life living all over the world, I’ve been a gracious recipient of countless compassion.
I was shown unconditional love by strangers and experienced incredible acts of courage and kindness.
I started my career as a lowly trainee guide in New Zealand who simply enjoyed being amid the mountains and with people.
Over the years I acquired more experiences and certifications across many disciplines (high altitude emergency medicine, snow science, avalanche rescue, meteorology, rope skills, camp craft, biomechanics, physics, material sciences etc).
Ultimately I want to be the best that I can be.
Eventually with time, passion for what I do and dedication to the mastery of my craft: I thus became a multidisciplinary certified mountain professional working across great mountain ranges like Kā Tiritiri o te Moana (Southern Alps of New Zealand), the Alaskan mountains, La Patagonia, Los Andes, La Cordillera de los Andes and the Himalayas.
“I don’t actually care what I climb, only how it affects me. Which means the summit doesn’t matter as much as the emotional process.” Mark Twight
Outside of the mountains, I also work as an expedition leader adventure traveling to different parts of the world with my groups.
Being in a new culture so far from home, immersed in the sound of unfamiliar languages and smell, always surrounded by people who’re ethnically diverse to oneself tend to rattle the cages of even the most open minded amongst us.
How do the same circumstances brought out the best in some while others fell short?
Where I was excited; it created fear in some others. Where I saw opportunity; some saw only limitations. I started noticing a pattern and paid attention.
After a career approaching 16 years, over a thousand guests, another thousand of vertical and horizontal kilometers in some of the wildest places on Earth; I have gained some insights about people and their decision making behooved by the extreme environment and circumstances far outside of their comfort level.
“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.” Rene Daumal, French writer and poet.
Jesus Christ, Prophet Muhammad, Lord Shiva and Gautama Buddha all went to the wilderness as their rite of passage. “Why was it necessary?” you asked.
Perhaps the challenges of the pilgrimage mimics that of our inward journey. The external struggles mirror that of our minds’.
The elation and sense of accomplishment from getting to the summit (and back!) proportionally shape our sense of self and subsequently our increased self-esteem.
Or equally if not more importantly: is respecting limits and accepting forces that are greater than our sphere of control, turning back from the summit with grace and gratitude, and becomes that much wiser. Transforming our attitude by redefining successes and failures. That could easily have been on Chomolungma (Mt. Everest, “Goddess Mother of the World) or any perceived setbacks in life.
“Beauty is recognizing the pattern that connects.” quoting Gregory Bateson here.
The interconnectedness is the genius and beauty of life on a meta level. This realization is the essence of who I am; and it informs the coach that I am today.