From oil rigs of the Middle East to freezing mountains around the world
I am a 32 year old from Australia and have made the very ambitious decision to leave my job for a year and attempt to climb the highest mountain on each continent; a feat known as the Seven Summits.
I am not an experienced mountaineer, I am not even an avid rock climber and until recently I have not climbed a single mountain. So this is by no means a straightforward task!
I've never had much interest in reading books however while trekking through the Annapurna region on a school trip at 17 I picked up someones copy of In To Thin Air and proceeded to read the entire book in a single sitting; I was hooked. Fortunate enough to return to Nepal a number of times in next few years, I covered the common trekking routes and started to think of the next step. However, a keen interest alone is not always enough and University was the next sensible step. Heading to Nepal to climb mountains at the age of 18 would have been the far more awesome but less sensible step.
After finishing my degree in Sydney, I began working in the Oil and Gas industry for Schlumberger as a Field Engineer. A strange ambition (that I still don't fully understand) to live and work in challenging environments lead me to my first day of professional life in the remote deserts of Libya (pre-revolution of course). After two and a half years, a transfer to Oman led me to believe that my time in the trenches was done however after another two and a half years Schlumberger confirmed there was still further time to be done and I was transferred to Basra, Iraq. After another two and a half years I moved to Muscat and finally out of the lovely life in remote Middle Eastern deserts. Having completed ten years in the Middle East and 'enjoyed' ten Middle Eastern summers, the time has come to follow a dream that had been put on hold for over a decade.
My Fiance, Lucy suggested we climb Kilimanjaro in July 2016 given that it seemed like an achievable goal for both of us as well as a great adventure very close to Oman. Having always imagined proposing on the summit of a mountain and with Lucy now in a semi-hypoxic state, this became the perfect place to capitalize on her compromised decision making skills.
She said 'Yes' and the 1st of the 7 summits was done!