LATEST SPEAKING ENDORSEMENTS
Wellington, NZ, 2018
“On behalf of the She Moves, She Leads, We Win Committee I’d like to thank you for being part of the symposium last week and for your excellent key note speech and great reflections on the ‘She Talks’ session. It was a privilege to have you join us and share the story of your journey in sport and recreation and some of your insights and lessons learnt along the way. Your presentation was powerful, entertaining and inspirational and was a fantastic way to finish up what was a great day. You truly are a legend – not just in the mountaineering scene but in the wider sport and recreation sector and are a role model for many including myself!”
Community Partnerships Manager
Parks, Sports and Recreation
Wellington City Council
Tainui, Waikato, NZ, August, 2018:
“Lydia’s story is inspiring, captivating, and one that connected to our graduates on a completely new level. Approaching our grads with high risk, real life situations from a completely different walk of life allowed for them to see the importance of ownership and accountability in a new light. The grads were engaged throughout the presentation and many of her key messages resonated with the work that our graduates are embarking upon within our business today.”
DOWNER Group Ltd
LATEST MOUNTAIN & SKI GUIDING ENDORSEMENTS:
Mt Everest, 8848m, April – May 2018:
“I have had the pleasure of being guided on a number of mountain expeditions by Lydia, most recently to the summit of Everest in April/May 2018. Being ex-military, have served as an infantry officer, and being a professional guide, I am a pretty hard task master with very high expectations. I am thrilled to say that Lydia has always measured up and more. Her attention to detail, focus on the task at hand, professional skills, manner with clients and her ability to lead in extremely trying circumstances is exemplary. Of course with rigorous undertakings like mountain expeditions you put ultimate trust in your guide. I would have no hesitation in putting my life in Lydia’s hands again…”
Brad Horn, Managing Director, Epic Private Journeys
Ski Touring, New Zealand, 2018:
“As someone who has climbed and ski toured with many outstanding guides in the US and New Zealand, I can say that Lydia stands in a league of her own. Her decades’ long experience in various high-altitude and extreme environments gives her the type of knowledge and authority that’s rare to come by. As a climber and ski tourer, I was eager to absorb and learn from Lydia as much as possible. Spending time in the mountain with her taught me a lot about systematically managing all aspects of expedition life, taking care of myself, being prepared for all kinds of emergencies and making decisions in unforgiving environments.
Most of all, having Lydia as my guide helped me strengthen my own independent thinking and ability to muster my confidence from the inside. Plus, she is really fun and has an amazing gift of storytelling, which puts everyone at ease and makes them laugh after a hard day on the mountain. Being with Lydia has made me a better climber, skier but more importantly, a better person. I look forward to having her as my guide in future adventures!”
– Lisa Kostova, Entrepreneur and mountaineer, USA
Aoraki/ Mt Cook, NZ, 3724m, 2011:
“I approached Lydia when I decided to climb Mt Cook for my 50th birthday, after hearing her interviewed on Radio NZ and thinking ‘she’s the guide for me’.
I had climbed before, but had some previous confidence denting experiences, and had no-one to climb with. I didn’t want to be ‘dragged up’, but be an active part of a climbing team, with the support of a guides expertise. My focus was on the experience more than the summit.
Lydia soon sussed me out and met my expectations. It was great for me to have a skilled female guide; but more than that we had fun! Lydia pushed me just enough, while keeping me safe, and also allowed me to feel I was contributing to the climb and the team work.
I learned new skills, ate awesome meals, laughed till I nearly fell over, talked endlessly and generally had the time of my life.
I’ll never forget the feeling of reaching the summit; the beauty, achievement, joy and grace of the moment.
Thank you Lydia for an unforgettable adventure.”
– Fiona Blair
Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal, September 2018:
…”we just had a to write to say a HUGE personal thank you from both of us. We had the time of our lives and you helped us to achieve a goal that at times didn’t seem possible for us to achieve together. You were strong, supportive, encouraging and fantastic with the First Aid Kit.
As six ‘adventurers’ we had a trip filled with hard work, fun, laughter and emotion and despite only knowing [two of the members] you managed to integrate yourself with ease into our group and yet still look after our welfare and safety in a truly professional manner – with the aid of the odd beer and glass of wine to keep you sane…!”
– Philip & Penny Walker, September 2018, Everest Base Camp Trek, AC