Born in Queenstown, New Zealand, Jane began trawling around the mountains during her Otago University days in 1994, where mountain huts were a good substitute for lecture theatres.
After a number of years working in outdoor related industries, in 2010 she began working full time as a mountain guide.
She has climbed and guided extensively throughout the Southern Alps and says that trips to the Fiordland area in particular are the closest thing to church on Sunday. "That place is spiritual."
Jane enjoys the simplicity that comes from being amongst the mountains and the lessons that can be learned from the environment. She says, "Mother Nature is a brilliant teacher."
When guiding she likes the opportunity to coach and support people to realise that they are capable of much more than they think or believe is possible. She also likes being part of the guiding community which she describes as "one big extended family with a great vibe."
Every trip to the mountains is memorable for Jane in its own unique way..."walking up a valley, sleeping under a rock and counting the shooting stars is my idea of a perfect evening. What can I say – I’m a cheap date! OK…well skiing the NW Couloir on Aoraki and soloing the Caroline Face also on Aoraki were both great days out in the hills."
When not climbing, Jane enjoys following tahr around (a goat-like mammal inhabiting cliffs and mountain slopes in New Zealand's Southern Alps). These things make us look like clumsy oaf’s as they zip around on grade 22’s with their eyes closed. Tahr meat is great currency so in amongst photographing these amazing animals she does her bit of pest control also.
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