ENTREPRENEUR-AT-LARGE | TRAVELLER | KITESURFER | OUTDOORSMAN
Originally from New Zealand, I called Australia home for 15 years, after which I have been lost in Asia and Europe for over four years.
My friends want me to live in Bali. My Mum wants me to come back to New Zealand. I want to keep living out of a single bag, and I dream of the day my bank stops blocking my ATM card in every new country.
MAN VS LEGEND
Sometimes pithy tag-lines don't convey the full story, so here are some translations to help distinguish reality from legend.
LEGEND : International Man of Mystery
REALITY : My friends don’t know where I live
LEGEND : Occasional Kitesurfer
REALITY : Does way less kiting than I would like
LEGEND : Awesome Project Manager
REALITY : Frustrating schedulers & engineers
LEGEND : Avid Traveller
REALITY : Forgotten which country is home
Outdoor adventure and exploration runs in my blood - I can’t get enough. I love sharing, so here are a couple of my favourites:
4WD ACROSS EVERY AUSTRALIAN DESERT
Ten days between fuel and water on the Simpson Desert. 1,850 kilometres of remote wilderness and camels on the Canning Stock Route. Four months between making a decision and travelling for 20,000km around Australia seriously off the beaten track, while wrangling a full-time career, equipping an expedition grade 4WD, and dealing with major floods ... keep reading
MUNDA BIDDI MOUNTAIN BIKING
450km of spectacular mountain bike trail in Australia’s south-west - equal parts hard work, spectacular views and “how-much-further” questions.
We were fully prepared, having completed one 15 km flat bitumen training ride and one six km fully laden test ride. Surely that is enough for nine consecutive days of riding
Three times I have thought kayaking would remove my last breath, but each time fear, adrenaline, urgent action and sheer luck helped me through. After sacrificing kayaks, gear and pride to various river gods, I realised that my perception of risk was lower than the real risk involved in the more challenging rivers, and I re-assessed how long I really wanted to live ...
Perhaps one of the most challenging things I have done is leave the security of employment and set myself up as an entrepreneur. Leaving behind the security of a good, consistent income challenged me more than I thought it would. A sizeable part of my self-worth was tied to that income ...
The Gallup Strengths Finder quiz pegs my top personality characteristics as Activator (making stuff happen), Communicator (talking to people), Competitor (trying to win things) and Woo (WTF). Just goes to show you can’t believe everything you read.
GET TO KNOW ME
Reach out if you are interested in getting your next adventure off the ground << adventure mentoring / mastermind page >>, or if you want to have a few laughs at my expense <<speaking gig link>> at your next event.
Yours in adventure !!!