I’m passionate about the outdoors and the adventures that go with it. Being an avid adventurer has allowed me to travel to some of the world’s remotest and most inhospitable places and set two world records in the process.
In 2008 I became the first woman to skydive Mount Everest. The following year, I raced semi-wild horses 1000 kms across Mongolia in just 9 days. My most recent adventures have taken me back to the Himalayas where I have summited Everest (8848m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Buruntse (7129m) and snowboarded from the summit of Mera Peak (6500m). Last year, I made a successful first ascent and summit of Mount Zuchi in the Mongolian Altai Mountains and led a successful expedition on the technical Ama Dablam (6812m) in Nepal. I support a diverse range of charities, and to date, have raised over £300,000 through my adventures.
"Living on Adrenaline; The Adventurer, The Artist and The Activist. Meet Holly."
BORN IN THE SADDLE
I started life as an adventurer at an early age. I was practically born in the saddle and carried on to compete for my country in equestrian up until 21.
I learnt valuable lessons early on which held me in good stead for my career as an adventurer. Riding horses taught me discipline, the importance of being a team player and the role of competition.
MY DREAM JOB
Getting paid to jump out of aeroplanes everyday was a dream job.
In my early twenties, I set myself an ambitious goal and became the third woman to be employed as a skydiving camera flyer in Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Getting paid to jump out of aeroplanes was a dream job and one that my careers advisor hadn’t mentioned! Being a full-time skydiver taught me a lot about facing fear, and on the other side of the coin, listening to intuition.
I am passionate about sustainability, design and conservation. Last year I graduated with a Masters in Sustainable Design. My multi-award-winning campaign ‘How Many Elephants’ presents a physical commentary on the devastating impacts of the elephant ivory trade. Few people know 96 elephants are poached each day, and at this rate, they will be extinct by 2025.
Part of the originality of this campaign is in my approach to avoid gruesome and shocking imagery to portray the facts. It is not about scaring people, it’s about sharing the enormity of the poaching crisis. My exhibition will be showcased in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong this year. Please join me on my journey to raise awareness and start much needed conversations. Read more at www.howmanyelephants.com
MY DRIVING FORCE
I feel passionate about travelling to remote areas of the planet, experiencing rich and colourful cultures and making a difference to the lives of others, especially those who have helped me achieve my goals and dreams.
The mantra I try and live by everyday is to learn new things often, to push myself to be my best self and to know I feel most alive when I am making a difference and having a positive impact on people and the planet. Collectively, we can make a difference. Think Big. Dream Bigger.