What's your goal for this year?
My goal is to summit 52 peaks over 1,000m high to raise funds and awareness for those fighting an uphill battle with their mental health! I'm over halfway and have summited 28 peaks (and counting).
I have a Master's in Psychology and am passionate about mental health care. For me, getting outdoors and climbing mountains is what supports my mental health and has helped me through tough moments.
Making memories with friends, whether it be having fun outdoors, or trudging a never-ending uphill at 2 a.m., helps me to get through difficult periods and remember that even if the uphill seems to go on forever, it will end and it will get easier.
I am raising funds and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation as part of this challenge that I've called Mountains for Mental Health. My goal is to show people the power of nature and adventure in supporting all aspects of your well-being and to show that New Zealand’s beautiful outdoors is accessible to people of all skill levels.
In terms of mountaineering goals, I'm continuing to refine my climbing skills in the hopes of completing some exciting routes this or next season. A couple of routes I've got on the list include the north shoulder of Tasman, the west ridge of Aoraki, the southwest ridge of Mt Aspiring, and the north ridge of Mt Sefton.
What's one tip you wish you knew when you started training?
No trip will ever go fully to plan and that’s how you learn! Being adaptable and developing skills in the mountains so that you can react to changing conditions and unforeseen challenges is the true goal, not just reaching the summit.