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Living my dreams, following my passions
"Great to hear you're still at it! Am delighted you're still
trying to get it "right". You have a sense about that, I now realize, that others
- Dana Alford
Jamie is the founding owner of Project Himalaya and has been trekking in the Himalaya for 25 years (I started young!) and has written guide books including "Trekking in the Everest Region", speaks Nepali, was the first Kiwi (New Zealander) to climb Broad Peak in Pakistan and has climbed Everest five times.
Although I have enjoyed the challenge of organizing large expeditions, with plenty of help of course (thanks, Dawa, Sarki and the sherpa team), however what I really love is exploring. My first treks were all exploration for me, and I still love trekking new areas or exploring the nooks and crannies of familiar areas, for example the seven (!) 42 day Kanchenjunga treks.
My focus is now to work on conservation (culture and wildlife) through development, and continue exploring with the best company, our previous trekkers.
I love photography and the intrinsic challenge. My photos have been used in newspapers around the world, and in major climbing magazines. Highlights include a 4 page double foldout panorama from the top of Everest in Geo Magazine and the cover of Action Asia.
Once young and invincible, I knew that if others could climb Everest, I could. After five summits now I have more appreciation, am far more in awe. I see Everest from Base Camp, even photos, it is so huge, high and forbidding, and I gulp. Big expeditions require real teamwork and a detailed understanding of basically everything to do with an expedition, radio comms, working with the crews, oxygen systems, weather forecasting, dealing with the authorities. And this is what I do...
Jamie on top of Everest 2008
My favourite self-portrait, from quite a few years ago - Jamie