Peter is a keen tramper, climber and outdoor photographer. He has been an NZAC member since 2002 and as a member of the Wellington Section Committee, edited their monthly bulletin Vertigo, organised section nights and judged photo comps. Since Jan 2019 he took on the role of editor for FMC’s Backcountry. He is also a frequent contributor to Wilderness Magazine, runs www.occasionalclimber.co.nz, featuring many of his alpine and travel images and in August 2021 released a book, published by Bateman Books, titled KHUMBU Gateway to Mount Everest Pathways to Kinship, about his experiences spanning over 30 years in this famous Nepalese region.
Just as I thought what lay above wasn’t the prettiest icescape I’d seen, Simon paraphrased for me. “This ice is sh#t.” He was busily hacking away at brittle rime ice on steep volcanic rock. Ice fragments flew everywhere.