I was born in 1982 and grew up in Lincoln, England. After finishing my A-levels, I studied chemistry at the University of Hull and it was during this time that I really started to get hooked on climbing and mountaineering.
After travelling around the world, I joined the British Army in May 2006 and started my training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After commissioning into the Royal Engineers in April 2007 I went on to complete my Engineer Troop Commanders Course before being posted to 9 Parachute Squadron, 23 (Air Assault) Engineer Regiment in December 2009. In March 2008 I deployed on my first operational tour to Afghanistan as a Troop Commander in support of the 2 PARA Battlegroup. During this busy 6 month tour I spent most of my time in Sangin District Centre supporting Ranger Company, 1 Royal Irish.
On my return from Afghanistan I completed P Company, a short stint on Ceremonial Duties in London and my military parachute course, before being posted to Nepal as the Project Engineer to the Gurkha Welfare Scheme (GWS). Prior to starting my job in October 2009 I completed the military Nepali language course in Pokhara, Nepal. As Project Engineer I was responsible for managing a team of Nepalis and for delivering school projects in former Gurkha recruiting areas. During my 15 months we constructed 22 schools, a medical centre and enabled over 160 school refurbishments. During work and in my spare time, I managed to trek through a number of districts across Nepal and climb in the Himalayas. I have already trekked along certain parts of the the Great Himalaya Trail in Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh regions and in the district of Humla, so I can certainly appreciate how challenging and unforgiving the terrain will be throughout my trek.
On leaving GWS I returned to the UK in January 2011 to start my role as Training Officer for 30 Armoured Engineer Squadron, 26 Engineer Regiment and as Battle Group Engineer to 1 Royal Anglian Battlegroup (the Vikings). In 2012 I completed my second operational tour of Afghanistan and it was during this time that the idea of completing the Great Himalaya Trail on my own really started to develop.