Rogers love for the outdoors was initially inspired by the Cubs and Scouts. Running through the rain and dark, splashing through rivers and climbing trees gave him the skills and awareness of nature that were vital when at 16 he joined the Royal Marines. From then on he spent time in the Arctic and Desert, up mountains and on the sea, environments that inspire him to this day.
Roger is a professional outdoor instructor able to teach you how to ice climb, canoe and kayak steep rivers, ski up and down mountains using Telemark, Nordic or Alpine skis and mountain bike guide.
He has travelled to 60 countries around the world, including summiting Mount Kilimanjaro 8 times in 24 days, skiing through -40 degrees in Norway, trekking in Yemen at 55 degrees ( a baselayer being essential for both). Climbing 1st ascents and river 1st descents in Scotland.
He would love to go back and do ski seasons in Chamonix but for now he happy training and inspiring others in getting into the outdoors and becoming instructors so that others can achieve their dreams.
We interviewed Roger to find out more:
What bothers you?
Technology. The way we are becoming more and more dependent on technology (I realise the irony here typing this on my iPad). How people are creating virtual lifestyles, vicariously living their life experiences watching someone else live there’s. The addictions and anxieties that these high stimulus toys have on our lifestyles is worrying.
Who would you like to thank?
Who wouldn’t I like to thank? My mum obviously. She has been there and supported me though achieving all my goals and dreams, and probably a lot more than she realises. From letting me join the Marines at 16, to just send me a letter. Couldn’t have done it without her.
What life lessons do you wish to share with others?
The biggest obstacle is yourself. Not as negative as it perhaps sounds. But it is easy create obstacles and it’s easy to listen to them, but if you really want to do something then find a way to do it and make it happen, don’t be your own obstacle, get out and challenge yourself.
If you were to live in another country where would you pick?
If I were to life in another country where would l pick: So hard to answer this. I’m fortunate enough to have traveled extensively, and all have been amazing. Some of these travels have been with work some with play, but mainly I go to climb, paddle ski and mountain bike. So my ideal place would be somewhere that Has snowy mountains on one side, trails on the other, rivers at the bottom and crags on the sunny side!
What’s your worst ever joke?
Have you heard about the new Corduroy pillows? They’re making headlines!