An active climber for more than 18 years, Paul Hersey has completed more than 60 rock and alpine first ascents in New Zealand and Europe, and has participated in expeditions to the Pamirs and the Himalayas. He has worked as an ice climbing and glacier guide on Franz Josef Glacier, and as a rock climbing instructor in the United Kingdom. As a writer Paul has at times been employed as a newspaper reporter, magazine journalist and photographer. The former climbing columnist for Wilderness magazine, he continues to write for The Climber and the Alpine Journal. Paul is currently an outdoors shop retail manager in Dunedin. This is his first book.