One of New Zealand's most respected and successful mountaineers.
Graeme has received the MBE for services to outdoor pursuits and received the "Award of New Zealand" in 1995 for services to Sport & Recreation.
In 2001 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to youth.
Currently Graeme is Executive Trustee of Project K, a youth development programme helping young New Zealanders achieve their potential.
Founder of four successful Charitable Trusts including The Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and The Project K Trust.
Voted as one of the top 100 Visionary Leaders by the NZ Management Magazine, December 2002.
Former Technical Adviser and Marketing Director of Hallmark International (at the time Australasia’s largest manufacturer of outdoor recreation equipment.
Over 200 mountaineering and adventuring firsts throughout the world including:
First ascents of mountains and faces in the Andes, Himalayas and in New Zealand. First ascent in one season of all six classic European north faces including Eiger and Matterhorn. First traverse of the Southern Alps (100 days). First traverse of the Himalayas, 5000 km’s in 265 days. A 28,000 km traverse of the Arctic in two stages, including longest Arctic journey ever done and first transit of the Northwest Passage by snow machine.
Graeme has ten books published plus one currently with publishers.
Graeme has been closely involved in the production of more than two dozen adventure films.
Graeme received the Governor Generals Award for Mountain Rescues.
Graeme was a finalist in the inaugural New Zealander of the Year Awards, 1994.
Has also received “Award of New Zealand” for services to Sport & Recreation 1995.
Triathlon successes include: First veteran Coast to Coast and placed third in the International Raid Gauloise multi day mountain race.
Often referred to as the Father of Outdoor Pursuits in New Zealand