- SAFEST: Relax knowing with me, your safety always comes first.
Perceived risk and actual risk is not the same when hiking. Bungy jump may feel dangerous, but your chances of hurting yourself is minimal and tens of thousands of people jump each year and live to brag about it. But you could be putting yourself in real danger if you head out for a hike unprepared, as hundreds of hikers who need to be rescued from the New Zealand backcountry each year learn the hard way.
I have been exploring the most remote places I can find, in New Zealand and abroad, for 30 years or so now and it’s where I’m most comfortable. With experience in a wide range of conditions, I’ve learned to always take safety very seriously. Like all experienced mountaineers, I know how far I can push and I know when it’s time to turn back. Needless to say, I always have comprehensive backup plans and safety measures in place, including carrying a personal locator beacon (PLB) at all times. I have a perfect guiding safety record. That is not going to change on my watch. In any case, I’m well equipped and trained to handle any situation. (See my outdoor qualifications here)
- CHALLENGE: Get outrageous adventures tailor made for you, at your pace.
One of the most rewarding aspects of what I do is helping people let go of their fear and do something exhilarating they haven’t dared try on their own before. If you’re new to hiking, I’ll take you on some incredible walks that will open up a whole new world for you. If the thought of crossing a river on a narrow swing bridge, roping up together to hike an exposed ridge, or running down a scree slope gets your heart racing — let’s go and do it. I’ve got all the gear, you’ll just need to bring your sense of adventure and leave the rest to me.
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- LOCAL KNOWLEDGE & ACCESS: Gain unparalleled access to the best-kept secrets on the South Island.
If you’ve done your research on hiking in New Zealand, you’ve probably come across the “Great Walks” and maybe know someone who has done the Milford Track, the most popular of nine multi-day treks the NZ Department of Conservation promotes among thousands of its public trails. I can certainly help you avoid the busiest times and show you the highlights of these popular trails, if you have your heart set on hiking the Great Walks. However, there are many, many other equally stunning hikes in the same national parks that may be less well known or trodden, but are every bit as scenic where we’ll likely have the trail to ourselves. I also have access to lots of spectacular hikes on private land that are not usually available to tourists if you’re in search of a one-of-a-kind experience.
- FLEXIBILITY: Always make the most of whatever the weather gods or the day can throw at us.
When you travel to the other side of the world, you naturally want to make the most of your time here but not be a slave to your itinerary. Hiring a private guide gives you complete flexibility without the hassle of dealing with logistics. We’ll work closely together to have at least two hiking options per day, which leaves room for spontaneity and adjusting to weather conditions. Working outside for most of my life in roles that depend on reading the clouds right, I can quickly gauge how conditions on the day, such as the wind, will affect your experience on a particular track so I’ll do everything in my power to adjust accordingly. If nature doesn’t cooperate, we can discuss alternatives the morning we meet or if you decide to skip the hiking for the day, no worries, I always know where to find the best coffees in town and have a backup for the backup plan.
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