I first got into alpinism as a means of taking my skiing into wilder places and untracked snow. I had already been climbing since my teens and skiing from an even earlier age, so it seemed like a natural progression.
The summer after my first ski season saw me exploring the local mountains around the French town of Val d'Isere, where I’d decided to move to after leaving university. I soon found myself climbing the local peaks and persuading my now good friends to partner with me. After climbing the Tsanteleina, Mont Pourri and the north face of the Grande Casse (the highest peak in the region at 3852 metres) I was hooked.
Looking back, I knew nothing of what adventures lay ahead. Since those early days in the Alps, my skiing and climbing has taken me around the world, on multiple expeditions which featured new ascents and ski descents in places like Tajikistan, Alaska and India.
Closer to home, I've ski mountaineered throughout the Alps in search of beautiful climbing and steep skiing; from obscure peaks in Switzerland and Italy to classic lines such as the stunning Gervasutti Couloir on Mont Blanc du Tacul, and the technical Mallory-Porter on the North Face of the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix. I’ve also climbed the North Face of the Matterhorn, the North Face of the Grandes Jorasses, and the classic airy ridge lines of the Weisshorn Northeast and the Tash-Dom traverses, to name just a few.
Now, years later and living in Chamonix, in the heart of the European alpine climbing and skiing scene, I am engulfed by liveliness and inspiration. I'm constantly surrounded by a colourful collective of climbers, alpinists and skiers, many of whom are the best in their field.
I'm lucky enough to call a lot of them my friends. I look forward to creating and sharing more memories with them.