I was born in Leeds, Yorkshire in June 1972 and is a 48 year old proud father of George and Jessica and husband to Denny. A property developer real estate investor based, I am the founder and CEO of Grantside (www.grantside.com) based in York, UK.
My passion for climbing started late in life in 2018 when, after a period living in San Francisco, in a spur of the moment decision flew to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro - with little training but lots of enthusiasm and excitement I climbed Kili and reached the summit at 5,895m on 8th October 2018 feeling elated but keen to try something more.
January 2019 took me to Argentina to climb Aconcagua in the Andes mountain range, standing at 6,961m high its the highest mountain in the Americas, the highest outside Asia, and the highest in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres. I reached the summit on 6th February 2019.
In April 2019 I visited Peru to trek the 46km Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu with my family and then in July to with Denny to Russia to take on Mt Elbrus in the Caucasus mountains - the highest peak in Europe at 5,642m reaching the summit on 20th July 2019.
Through a charity dinner in York in March 2019 I was able to link up with Nirmal Purja MBE known as “Nims”, a legend now in high altitude climbing, ex Gurkha and British special forces soldier who was planning “Project Possible” , a world record breaking attempt to climb all of the 14 peaks in the Himalayas above 8,000m in seven months breaking the previous record by nearly 7 years! Nims was setting up his climbing company, Elite Exped with Mingma David Sherpa and was planning future expeditions already and Everest was on the list. After several conversations with Nims we agreed I’d climb Manaslu as part of his Project Possible mission and my first introduction to climbing into the death zone above 8,000m. I flew out to Kathmandu, Nepal on 1st September 2019 and four weeks later on 27th September I was standing on top of the 8th highest mountain in the world at 8,163m (26,781 ft).
I immediately got home and started planning for my next expedition to Everest in April 2020, unfortunately Covid-19 changed all that and lockdown of 2020 stalled my climbing but gave me time to re-launch my company with a new found enthusiasm for business alongside social and environmental issues and Grantside aims to be only delivering zero carbon buildings in all its developments by 2025. Hearing about the changes on the mountain regions that climate change is having and seeing some of it for myself I was keen to bring together my mountain climbing experiences and business and will be documenting the effects of climate change on Everest to use as part of Grantside’s environmental awareness statements and plans.
April 2021 and the Everest/Lhotse expedition is underway...........