I was born in London in 1958. I can't remember a time when mountains were not a big part of my life. This is me on my 11th birthday on the Pelvoux glacier near Ailefroide in the French Alps. Between 1984 and 2003 I spent an average of 9 months each year in the Himalaya, and during that time began guiding and writing for various outdoor, travel and geographical publications. I also made a lot of wonderful friends. Since 2004 my wanderings have been a little more sporadic due to housebuilding and family commitments, but a large part of my heart will always be in the Himalaya. 

In 2004-5 I was fortunate enough to be asked to accompany the celebrated historian and broadcaster Michael Wood on a series of journeys during the making of his BBC / PBS series  

"In Search of Myths and Heroes". My photographs illustrate his book, published by BBC Worldwide, accompanying the series. 

I've always had a passion for photography and cannot imagine traveling without a camera. My Nikon FM2, F5 and Veronica the Bronica accompanied me every step of the way over countless passes. My rucsacs have never been light!  

I stepped resolutely into the digital age when I was first commissioned to shoot The Big Chill music festival in 2008. I definitely bonded with my Nikon D300, and in 2014added a D610 to my bag.