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 Raised in Auckland, New Zealand and now based in Wanaka, Richard started climbing in 2001, at age 21.  He became a ski guide in 2007, moving on to become a climbing guide in 2010.

He likes climbing because, "It's always an adventure."  He enjoys taking people to places they would otherwise never go and says, "It is very satisfying and a great way to go to work."

His most memorable climbing experience, to date is doing the Mt Cook Grand Traverse in 2008.  Richard has guided and instructed extensively throughout the Southern Alps of New Zealand.