Cat grew up on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and would often take herself off on solo adventures in the hills. This has naturally led to an 18-year career working in the outdoors, both in the UK and across the globe from the mountains and savannas of East Africa, to the jungles of Borneo and Costa Rica, and the high mountains of the Andes and the Himalayas. During this time Cat has worked 6 winters in the Alps and spent 3 winters in Scotland honing her winter mountaineering and ski touring skills.
All this time in the snow spurred her to undertake an MSc. looking at “The Frequency and Distribution of Microplastics in the British Ephemeral Snowpack” and Cat will lead on the ice with the Scientific projects being supported by this expedition.
Personal endeavours include a pioneering self-supported 21-day trek through the jungle in India from Irpu Falls in Coorg to Mangalore along the Kerala-Karnataka border, the first ascent of Karbu Ri (6010m) on the Upper Rolwaling glacier on the Nepal/Tibet border, and a self-supported solo through-hike across the Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt.