Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, and now based in Lake Hawea, Andy started climbing in 1992 at age 28 and started guiding in 2004. He is an IFMGA Climbing & Ski Guide.
Andy has guided and instructed extensively throughout the Southern Alps. He spent several years as an army mountaineering and survival instructor and after leaving the Army, took a position in Antarctica as a field trainer.
A memorable climb for Andy is the Grand Traverse on Mt Cook with two mates, during which they didn’t get the rope out until the descent down the Linda Glacier.
While in the mountains Andy enjoys the logistics of the climbs..."figuring it out, so my guests get a summit and a great experience. The challenge is making it work with the cards the weather gods have dealt."
When not in the mountains, Andy enjoys sailing..."again, it's working out how to get where you want with the cards the weather gods have dealt."
- ESCALADE RANGE, East Antartica, 2011 - Three solo first ascents
- MT SEFTON (pictured here), 2008 - Guided 6 Soldiers on this isolated 3000m peak that towers high above the Mount Cook Village and is one of New Zealand's premier wilderness climbs.