Our Amazing Team

Our Amazing Team

AMAZING TREKKERS CLUB MANAGEMENT TEAM

Hazleen Panayiotou
Founder & CEO

After a successful career spanning 20 years in Corporate Communications in Singapore, Dubai and Bahrain and raising my family of three, I yearned for a new personal challenge. But routine running races and gyms just didn't cut it, so I took up hiking.

The mental and physical obstacles brought on by Mother Nature turned out to be what I had been searching for. As my ambitions (and fitness level) rose with every summit, I discovered the sky was the limit when I travelled with other like-minded women.Without the support and advice from these amazing friends, I wouldn't have been able to reach my personal and physical goals.

As a community, we want to open up our trekking group to other women so they too can achieve personal success while conquering the world's most beautiful landscapes.

Prior to moving back to Singapore, Hazleen was Executive Director (Corporate Communications) for an Islamic Investment Bank in Bahrain. She studied History and Education at Nanyang Technological University / National Institute of Education and Corporate Communications at Institute of Advertising Singapore. A Singaporean Malay by race, she lives between Singapore and England with her husband Peter and 3 Children, 17, 8 and 5 years old.

Memberships: Women's Register, CRIB, AWARE, Singapore Council of Women Organisation, Athena Network, Singapore Women Network, Women in Leadership Group, Mums@Work, NTU Alumni

Rebecca Taylor
Marketing Director

Rebecca Taylor has been living in Singapore with her husband and 3 children for 5 years. She has also lived in America, Canada, UK, Australia and enjoyed the outdoor life each country has had to offer.

A love of travel to see mountains, lakes and oceans has led her to explore some amazing locations. Some of theses include trekking to Annapurna Base Camp, trekking and seeing the sunrise on Machu Picchu, skiing in the Alps and Rockies and participating in many ocean swimming events in Australia.

Prior to her children Becca, worked in Marketing for the Linde Group. She is very excited to be branching into some thing new with the Amazing Trekkers Club.

Shah Ahern
Club Vice President

Married with 2 kids, Shah enjoys diving, walking, water skiing and singing. She has been running an art gallery in Dubai for 6 years.

Travelling in between Indonesia and Hong Kong, Shah fits in some trekking whenever she has the chance.

Previously Shah was a wardrobe Mistress for Theatre plays, Le Miserable, Cats and Phantom of the Opera. She started a garment and furniture business called Java Treasures in Hong Kong which she ran for 8 years.

Ani A
Logistics Director

'Be Happy... Be Bright... Be You...'  This is Ani's mission in life.  She has loved the outdoors since a young age, actively involved in her schools' co-curricular activities, leadership programmes and uniformed group - National Police Cadet Corp (NPCC).  She is so pleased to be in the ATC Team and back sharing her passion with like-minded women.

Having never climbed Bukit Timah Hill less than a year ago, Ani has since taken charge and climbed Gunung Ledang, Mount Lambak, Gunung Bentan, Mount Fuji, Mount Merapi, Pine Tree Trail and Mount Kinabalu. Her dream is to trek in the Swiss Alps. 

Ani's professional career has been in the Logistics Industry, for over 30 years and is a huge asset to ATC. She is married with 3 children, aged 18, 15 and 14. 

Julia He
Hiking Training

A native of mainland China, Julia moved to Singapore to study after graduating from Curtin University, Australia. Julia trained at Nanyang Technological University. Julia is a mandarin teacher and she teaches both adults and children, especially students from International schools and english speaking homes. Julia enjoys trekking, running and biking. She has climbed Mount Agung and Mount Blumut. She would love to climb more mountains in the near future.

Srie Ratna Darmastuti (Asti)
Amazing Trekkers Club Representative (Jakarta)

Asti has been involved with sport since she was 12 years old, at first with windsurfing, dancing at home and surfing. In 1997, she started running with friends in Jakarta and enjoying a run at MacRitchie Reservoir when she came over to Singapore. She says she is not a fast runner but trains for the distance and endurance.

A passion of Asti's is Javanese Traditional Dance. This Art might look like a slow and gentle dance, but it takes and brings a lot of energy. It strengthens every muscle of your thighs, legs, arms, back, abdomen and core muscles. It sharpens your moves and the accuracy of your step and strides. She has done many performances for charity. She finds that dancing and music helps people to feel relaxed and to relieve daily stress, get fit, become more flexible, and most importantly to feel happy.

Trekking is something new for Asti. Her first trek was to Kampung Naga (Dragon Village) in West Java in 2011. It's a sacred place and only for people with strong West Javanese blood like from Kampung Naga and Baduy. The trek itself must be done barefoot. In 2013 she trekked Leshan and Emeishan in China, "such an amazing trek going up and down the steps to see beautiful statues and temples". The same year Asti trekked in Tibet and at Everest Base Camp.

In the year 2012 she registered for a Circus Arts Class in Singapore. As a beginner student she enjoyed the learning process of all the Circus Arts tricks on Aerial Hoop, Trapeze, Silk and Hammock.

In May 2015, Asti and her friend, a certified Pilates instructor, Katia Soeweno, opened a sports studio in Jakarta. The hottest selling classes at Balance Studio, balancestudiokemang.com are the Circus Arts Classes and the Javanese Traditional Dance Class.

Only last year did Asti start Yoga. She is enjoying the benefits Yoga brings to all areas of her life. In the future..."I will always love to learn more about sports and get fit, be happy body and soul".

Dipak Lamichhane
Amazing Trekkers Club Representative (Nepal)

Dipak, originally from the Gurkha District (the hilly area of Nepal), is currently living in Kathmandu and leading his own team.

Involved in trekking for more than 20 years, Dipak is a government trained professional trekking guide and has guided most of the trekking routes and tours in Nepal, as well as acting as a travel consultant for several well-known trekking companies. He now uses all that guiding and business experience to provide the best possible service for his clients.

"Trekking is the most amazing, unique learning experience that one could have, it relaxes mind and body. Trekking serves as a way of learning more about you through tricky hiking and amazing views."

Nepal is a fascinating and diverse country, where just a few miles will take you into a completely different landscape. Dipak works with Amazing Trekkers Club to find the best routes so that our members can have the best possible choice. "I enjoy travelling with them as they discover my country for themselves".

Xryne Roden
Amazing Trekkers Club Representative (Bangkok)

Xyrne is an expat living in Bangkok. She has lived & travelled widely around the world, as a solo traveller, a family of 5 and with friends.

What excites Xryne the most is visiting exotic places, chatting with locals and enjoying new cuisines.

Xryne family are tour operators in Bhutan. Her son was born & raised in Bhutan, so he is well-informed of the interesting places, its culture, religion & tradition. Whether you feel like trekking alone or with a group of friends for an easy trek or a challenging one, Xryne will support Amazing Trekkers Club to customise a holiday to fit the group. Our trekking packages may include camping, rafting, watching colourful festivals, visiting temples & monasteries, shopping for hand-woven fabrics, nature-watching, interacting with the locals, yoga & meditation, charity & volunteerism, etc.

Bhutan is a beautiful country with untouched breathtaking landscapes and happy faces, so we would like you to experience this Last Shangri-La , to have impressive memories to take home, to cherish forever. She encouragtes everyone to come visit Bhutan, the Last Shangri-La.....Land of Thunder Dragon.

Buyandelger (Buyana) Davaa
Amazing Trekkers Club Representative (Ulaan Battar - Mongolia)

Buyana has lived and travelled extensively around the world, as a solo traveller and with her family of four.

She enjoys diversity and loves to meet new people, learning from the locals, enjoying local customs and foods. Buyana likes to emerge herself in the culture and traditions of any new place, as well as learn the different languages.

Her family are tour operators in Mongolia and understand what is required to ensure that whether you are trekking alone or with a group, that all your needs are met.

Buyana works with Amazing Trekkers club to deliver an experience that will never be forgotten.

Mongolia is a beautiful country with its vast valleys and amazing landscapes. An amazing place to experience. You are encourage visit the land of Genghis Khan and discover the true history of the largest contiguous empire in the world.

AMAZING TREKKERS CLUB FOUNDING MEMBERS

Hazleen Panayiotou
Mother of 3, CEO of TrekkersAsia & Founder of Amazing Trekkers Club

When did you start hiking? 
I've always enjoyed walking and running but got into mountain climbing by chance in 2013.

What was the most challenging trek you've ever done?
Mount Rinjani - Lombok Indonesia

What was the scariest moment you've ever had on a journey and why?
Everyone I spoke warned me that Mount Rinjani climb is tough especially the 3days/2nights trek. Our summit climb began at 2.00am from Sembalun rim, and is definitely not for the faint hearted. This climb challenged me to the core and our group displayed copious amounts of mental fortitude and bravery. The ascent is approximately 1100m and the terrain was soft, with loose soil and later evens out onto a ridge. It then steepens into a terrain of soft volcanic ash and scree in an extremely steep gradient of 30-45 degrees all the way up to the peak. It felt like walking on a vertical beach! We had 4 stop points, pos1, pos2, pos3 and pos4, evenly distributed at distances to around 1.5 to 2 km. The terrain got tougher for the last 1-2 km when the visibility was poor, the rocks were slippery and like other volcanoes in Indonesia, Rinjani is composed of sand and ash, not solid rock. I recommend high boots, gaiters, a dust mask and proper physical shape. Volcano ash can be very irritating, often makes you cough and it gets everywhere!This caused me extreme anxiety.

The neverending long walk to the second base camp was probably the scariest experience throughout the trek. There were many instances when the trail was very narrow with an extremely sharp drop - I was too afraid to look down in case my heavy backpack takes me flying down into the valley. Mount Rinjani is a challenge on so many levels but every step is worth every sweat and fear once you reach the top, make it to the second campsite and then arrive safely back down to Senaru. The sheer beauty, the joy of having completed this climb and sitting around with friends, the camaraderie, the jokes, was what this trek was all about. But go with reliable and reputable organisers.

Which trekking tool/gear/snack can you not live without and why?
Good backpack, great quality boots and poles.

What's the highest mountain you've ever summited?
Mount Kinabalu - 4095m

Five words to describe how you feel on the top of a mountain
Hunger
Elation
Sleepiness
Unreal
Magical (God's creation)

After a super long trek, what's the first thing you eat or drink?
Rice and Pocari Sweat.

What's your most helpful piece of advice for a beginner who wants to start trekking?
Train, get the right gear and equipment. Eat right, get mentally and emotionally prepared. Drink lots during the trek and breathe.

What's the most important thing you bring to a challenging journey for physical survival? How about emotional survival?
For physical survival it's important to bring the right gear and snacks that you love to keep your energy level high. Carry as little as possible - only the essential kit. Water is the most crucial item to have at all times. It's an amazing feeling to look at photos of the mountains I've climbed and to tell myself I was actually there and did that. That is the memory I keep during a climb and I remind myself to look forward to taking photos of the next sunrise on the summit. Over the years, I realised how important it is to have the blessings from family, to stay focussed, support one another and get advice from those who had done the climb. Research, prep well, enjoy the trek and go for a mountain expedition with good friends, the right attitude and be mentally and physically prepared.

What do your fellow trekkers call you, do you have a nickname?
Hazzle the Dazzle and Snore (my first name is Sri Noor)

Where is your dream hike?
Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu

Before leaving the house for a huge trek, you absolutely need to ___________ ?
Say a prayer and kiss my husband and children.

If you are on top of a mountain and want to scream something, what is it?
I love you mum and dad. I miss you and hope you're with me in spirit.

Rebecca Taylor
Mother of 3, Marketing Director of Amazing Trekkers Club

When did you start hiking?
The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme got me into walking. I completed many walks around England and Wales to achieve my Gold Award. I did my first jungle trek during University in Thailand. Then after University I went travelling and trekked in Nepal and then in Peru.

What was the most challenging trek you've ever done and why?
My first major trek was a 12-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal. My husband (then boyfriend) and I were travelling the world and were not fully equipped for the extremes in temperatures, nor had we done much physical preparation.... It was worth it though!

What was the scariest moment you've ever had on a journey and why?
Again the same trek... Walking through a plain in a small village called Himalaya, surrounded by what would be fatal rock fall debris and listening to the sound of rock falls echoing off the mountains.

Which trekking tool/gear/snack can you not live without and why?
Great walking boots! Blisters... need I say any more?

What's the highest mountain you've ever summited?
Annapurna Case Camp Trek, Nepal - 4,130m/13,545ft

Five words to describe how you feel on the top of a mountain
Relief
Elated
Proud
Exhilarated
On-top-of-the-world

After a super long trek, what's the first thing you eat or drink?
An amazing fry up.

What's your most helpful piece of advice for a beginner who wants to start trekking?
Start small and build up. You will be amazed at what you can achieve.

What's the most important thing you bring to a challenging journey for physical survival? How about emotional survival?
A positive attitude can overcome most challenges. Keep telling yourself you can do it and put one foot in front of the other. You will get there!

What do your fellow trekkers call you, do you have a nickname?
I have yet to gain a nickname from fellow trekkers... will have to wait for my next adventure.

Where is your dream hike?
Would love to do Mount Kilimanjaro.

Before leaving the house for a huge trek, you absolutely need to ___________ ?
Get water and go to the loo!

If you are on top of a mountain and want to scream something, what is it?
Wow.

Emma Clough
Mother of 3, Director of TTG Wines

When did you start hiking?
Nearly four years ago.

What was the most challenging trek you've ever done and why?
Mount Rinjani - Lombok Indonesia - insufficient training and not good enough socks.

What was the scariest moment you've ever had on a journey and why?
On Fansipan because we had a time challenge I couldn't see the guide or the other hikers at one point very scary.

Which trekking tool/gear/snack can you not live without and why?
Boots, socks, water, waterproofs

What's the highest mountain you've ever summited?
Mount Kinabalu - 4095m

Five words to describe how you feel on the top of a mountain
Awesome
Excited
Bonded
Proud
Happy

After a super long trek, what's the first thing you eat or drink?
Beer or if I could lay my hands on a decent bottle of champagne that would be it! Would think about food afterwards.

What's your most helpful piece of advice for a beginner who wants to start trekking?
Train, get the right gear, enjoy it, take your time.

What's the most important thing you bring to a challenging journey for physical survival? How about emotional survival?
Calmness, belief. I need companionship for emotional survival.

What do your fellow trekkers call you, do you have a nickname?
Dash

Where is your dream hike?
Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu and the seven day milford sound.

Before leaving the house for a huge trek, you absolutely need to ___________ ?
Leave notes for the girls as they are usually at school and give David a big hug.

If you are on top of a mountain and want to scream something, what is it?
Do what makes you happy with people who make you happy.

Cheryl Ford
Mother of 3, Human Resources Director and Corporate Coach

When did you start hiking?
I've always enjoyed a good hike in the English countryside, especially those that end in a pub lunch. I probably took it more seriously when I started training for my first mountain hike in Jan 2014.

What was the most challenging trek you've ever done and why?
I've only hiked up two mountains: Kinabalu and Fuji. They were both challenging at different times for different reasons, so it's hard to say.

What was the scariest moment you've ever had on a journey and why?
I recall feeling a little apprehensive setting off for the summit of Mount Kinabalu in the dark at 2am.

Which trekking tool/gear/snack can you not live without and why?
Mars bars!

What's the highest mountain you've ever summited?
Mount Kinabalu at 4,000 m.

Five words to describe how you feel on the top of a mountain
Exhilaration
Achievement
Exhausted
Awe
Above

After a super long trek, what's the first thing you eat or drink?
A big fat burger (I feel i've earned it).

What's your most helpful piece of advice for a beginner who wants to start trekking?
When I made the decision to climb Mount Kinabalu I was living in Singapore and needed to find some like minded-people to do it with me. I asked around and before I knew it a group had formed and I achieved my goal. However, the reality is that I've made friends for life too! Dare to do it because she who dares wins in so many ways.

What's the most important thing you bring to a challenging journey for physical survival? How about emotional survival?
Nurofen and a sense of humour.

What do your fellow trekkers call you, do you have a nickname?
Tigger! :)

Where is your dream hike?
I have a few......I'd really like hike mountains in the Alps, the Rockies, Nepal, New Zealand, South America and Kilimanjaro.

Before leaving the house for a huge trek, you absolutely need to ___________ ?
Pack my union jack beanie for the summit.

If you are on top of a mountain and want to scream something, what is it?
We did it.

What treks or mountains have your completed?
Mount Kinabalu
Mount Fuji

Laura Guillory Cook
Mother of 3 and Communications Manager

When did you start hiking?
I guess I have hiked on and off for a number of years. My boyfriend (now husband) talked me into climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 1996, and that was the first proper mountain that I climbed. It was also my first (and only - so far) trip to Africa and was an amazing experience, but the climb was very difficult, as we didn't know what to expect. I didn't really have another chance to climb another mountain until 2012 when I attempted Kinabalu for the first time. Now I have done Kinabalu, Mount Fuji and Rinjani, which have all been fantastic.

What was the most challenging trek you've ever done and why?
I think it would have to be either Kilimanjaro, as we had no idea what we were in for, or my first Kinabalu attempt because we did not make it to the summit due to bad weather. We climbed the difficult bits in driving rain, which made things slippery, scary and dangerous, then we were turned away at the gate and had to go back down which was even more slippery, scary and dangerous!

What was the scariest moment you've ever had on a journey and why?
I don't tend to scare too easily, but when we climbed Rinjani there was a moment when I had become separated from the group, which was fine with me, as I was just trying to keep my head down and get on with it. However, I was on a very steep incline, and I looked down and suddenly realised that if I fell off, nobody would know where I was or know to look for me. I really wanted that bit to end at that point and to get back to the group.

Which trekking tool/gear/snack can you not live without and why?
Good boots and socks - I am the snack queen, as I know that I get grumpy if I am hungry - lots of nuts and chocolate. Excellent rain gear is also essential, as I found out on my first Kinabalu attempt in the pouring rain wearing my 10+ year old rain jacket that really was not effective at all.

What's the highest mountain you've ever summited?
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa - it's 5895 meters.

Five words to describe how you feel on the top of a mountain
Amazing
Relieved
Achievement
Above
On top of the world

After a super long trek, what's the first thing you eat or drink?
Whatever is nearby and being offered! Preferably chocolate.

What's your most helpful piece of advice for a beginner who wants to start trekking?
Just go for it, it's not as difficult as you might think, and the rewards are well worth it! Make sure you train properly, as that makes the trek so much more enjoyable.

What's the most important thing you bring to a challenging journey for physical survival? How about emotional survival?
Your fitness (and snacks) for physical survival. Determination for emotional survival.

What do your fellow trekkers call you, do you have a nickname?
Scarlett - I am from Louisiana in the Deep South.

Where is your dream hike?
Anywhere I haven't hiked before with good friends and preferably a good sunrise or sunset.

Before leaving the house for a huge trek, you absolutely need to ___________ ?
Leave a very long list for my husband of where the kids need to be and when.

If you are on top of a mountain and want to scream something, what is it?
I did it!

What treks or mountains have your completed?
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kinabalu
Mount Fuji
Mount Rinjani

Sarah Meadows
Mother of 3 and Teacher

When did you start hiking?
Many moons ago, as a teenager.

What was the most challenging trek you've ever done and why?
Tongariro crossing, Tangagirio National Park New Zealand north island. 17km, spur of the moment trek, lack of prep for the intensity of the wind and sun on the open sections and the temp drop across the trek. Sun and wind burn ouch!

What was the scariest moment you've ever had on a journey and why?
Fear is not an emotion I recall having felt on a trek or climb yet. Love trekking and hiking.

Which trekking tool/gear/snack can you not live without and why?
Comfy socks and shoes, if my feet (and knees) are comfy all is good.

What's the highest mountain you've ever summited?
Mount Kinabalu.

Five words to describe how you feel on the top of a mountain
Peace
Calm
Happy
Tearful
Pride

After a super long trek, what's the first thing you eat or drink?
Kendal mint cake if can get my hands on it or a chocolate bar.

What's your most helpful piece of advice for a beginner who wants to start trekking?
Start small and get started, go with friends, make new friends trekking.

What's the most important thing you bring to a challenging journey for physical survival? How about emotional survival?
Positive attitude.

What do your fellow trekkers call you, do you have a nickname?
Dora

Where is your dream hike?
Andes, Peru
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Mongolia
Nepal
Mexico

Before leaving the house for a huge trek, you absolutely need to ___________ ?
My backpack, cap, snacks and water.

If you are on top of a mountain and want to scream something, what is it?
Yay! Ahhhhhhh.... Shhh

What treks or mountains have your completed?
United Kingdom
Lake district
North Yorks Moors
Peak District
Pennines
Snowdonia
Ben Nevis
Snowdon
Scafell Pike
High Atlas, Morroco
Mount Fuji
Mount Kinabalu
Blue Mountains, Australia
New Zealand

Lynne Atherton
Mother of 2 and Lawyer

When did you start hiking?
When I could walk. It's my mum's passion!

What was the most challenging trek you've ever done and why?
Jebel Toubkal 4,167m, Atlas Mountains, Morocco. We climbed in October and the summit was snow-covered so the last day was a snow and ice climb.

What was the scariest moment you've ever had on a journey and why?
Helvellyn via Striding Edge (a scramble along a ridge) when the fog, wind and rain set in, totally obscuring our view.

Which trekking tool/gear/snack can you not live without and why?
Good socks and jelly beans.

What's the highest mountain you've ever summited?
Jebel Toubkal 4,167m, Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

Five words to describe how you feel on the top of a mountain
Exhausted
Relieved
Awestruck
Elated
Achievement

After a super long trek, what's the first thing you eat or drink?
Gin and tonic.

What's your most helpful piece of advice for a beginner who wants to start trekking?
Make sure you have the right kit and trian.

What's the most important thing you bring to a challenging journey for physical survival? How about emotional survival?
Thermals and friends

What do your fellow trekkers call you, do you have a nickname?
Lynne! No nickname.

Where is your dream hike?
The Druk Path Trek from Paro to Thimphu in Bhutan.

Before leaving the house for a huge trek, you absolutely need to ___________ ?
Pee.

If you are on top of a mountain and want to scream something, what is it?
Get me a G&T!!

What treks or mountains have your completed?
Rinjani, Lombok
Jebel Toubkal, Morocco
Tour du Mont Blanc, 10 day circular hike around Mont Blanc through France, Switzerland and Italy
Ben Nevis, Scotland
Snowden, Wales

Numerous treks in Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Cornish coastal path & Peak District (England), North Wales, Scotland, France, Switzerland, Spain, Namibia, Panama, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, New Zealand and Australia.

Louise Pearce
Mother of 2 and Doctor

When did you start hiking?
When I was 17 for my Duke of Edinburgh award. The only reason I really signed up for it was to go walking and camping.

What was the most challenging trek you've ever done and why?
Machu Picchu in Peru. My whole group struggled on the climb to Dead Woman's pass. I had to stop every 5-10 steps for most of the day to catch my breath.

We hadn't had time to acclimatise properly (I think it is always worth making sure you go with a reputable agency is all I will say about that) and I had to really dig deep to get through that day. It was absolutely worth it in the end though.

What was the scariest moment you've ever had on a journey and why?
At the penultimate campsite on the Machame route of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, there was a gravestone back in 1997. I don't know the story behind it (our guide wasn't very forthcoming at the time) and I can't find anything on google about it even now. But I still strongly remember suddenly feeling incredibly vulnerable and a bit fearful as it got dark, as I was feeling a bit dizzy and breathless due to the altitude.

We were too high up to sleep properly that night and we knew we had to set off in the dark to make the last ascent. Luckily I has a great tent mate from med school and we kept each other's spirits up. The final ascent was challenging and exciting but I really enjoyed scrambling up, just focusing on the rocks in front of me by the light of other peoples head torches (I hadn't thought about packing one then). I'm quite excited just reminiscing about it now. Sunrise at the top was one of the most beautiful scenes I've witnessed.

Which trekking tool/gear/snack can you not live without and why?
Good thermals. I always freeze the moment the sun goes down.

What's the highest mountain you've ever summited?
Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (5895m)

Five words to describe how you feel on the top of a mountain
Freezing / elated / grubby / empowered / lucky

After a super long trek, what's the first thing you eat or drink?
I would always want a snickers bar from the uk. I like the idea of a beer all the way through the trip, but then don't enjoy it as much as I think I'm going to.

What's your most helpful piece of advice for a beginner who wants to start trekking?
Go with a friend, or join a group of like minded people. I've had my best chats with people when trekking.

What's the most important thing you bring to a challenging journey for physical survival? How about emotional survival?
A really warm sleeping bag - so long as I'm not cold at night I can put up with most other things. I think trekking with friends is the best thing for emotional survival.

What do your fellow trekkers call you, do you have a nickname?
Louise. Not yet

Where is your dream hike?
I'd like to go to the Annapurnas before I get too old.

Before leaving the house for a huge trek, you absolutely need to ___________ ?
hug my kids and husband

If you are on top of a mountain and want to scream something, what is it?
I feel pretty peaceful and content at the top. I haven't felt like screaming yet. On the way up is a different matter at times.

What treks or mountains have your completed?
Machu Picchu
Kilimanjaro
Gobi Desert
Rinjani