Graeme has inspired, organised and led numerous expeditions; many of which have tested the very limits of the participants' endurance of stress, hardship and setback. These have included many rock-climbing, mountaineering and adventuring firsts throughout the world including first ascents of many mountains and faces in the Andes, Himalaya and New Zealand: first traverse of New Zealand Southern Alps (100 days, winter); first traverse of the Himalaya (5000kms in 265 days); an 1100 km sea, mountain and river traverse from the South Island to Auckland with six convicted violent offenders; in 1992/1993 a two-stage epic 28,000 km circuit of the Arctic (400 days); first ascent in one season of all six classic European north faces including Eiger and Matterhorn. Recent adventures include mountain guiding in the Trans Antarctic Mountains and approximately 15 first ascents of rock climbs in New Zealand. Graeme was a former Technical Adviser and Marketing Director of Hallmark International (at the time Australasia’s largest manufacturer of equipment for outdoor recreation). He is the founder of four successful Charitable Trusts. including the former Project K which is now know as the Foundation for Youth Development and Graeme is the Co-Founder, Executive Trustee and Chair. He has had eleven books published to date, his latest an autobiography called ‘Dingle, Discovering the Sense in Adventure’ and is involved in the production of more than two dozen adventure films. Graeme combines his love of the outdoors and adventure with a strong commitment to social responsibility and change, and has been the impetus for many community campaigns and directives. These include his involvement as founder and Director of the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and Executive Director of Project K, which he established in 1994 to give young New Zealanders a combination of community skills, wilderness experiences and mentoring to prepare them for a rewarding adult life. He is the recipient of a variety of distinguished awards, including the Governor Generals Award for mountain rescue, and an MBE for services to outdoor pursuits. In 1995 he received the "Award of New Zealand" for services to Sport & Recreation. In 2001 Graeme was made Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He received “Antartic Service Award” in 1999. His presentations, which are both motivational and inspirational, reflect a well-balanced view of the world and the people who inhabit it. His outdoor sessions contain a strong focus on team building.
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