Alex qualified as a doctor in 1994 from Cambridge University and St Bartholomew’s in London, then worked in anaesthetics, intensive care, emergency medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, eventually becoming a GP in South Devon. Alex started rock climbing and mountaineering at the age of 14, and travelled to Iceland on his first expedition in 1988. Since then he has travelled the world extensively, including working as the medic looking after groups of people adventuring in Patagonia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iceland, Poland, Greece, the Czech Republic and Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya and the Sahara Desert.
He has over ten years of experience in maritime search and rescue operations, working as navigator, helmsman and medic aboard RNLI lifeboats. This volunteer work with the RNLI started after many years of dinghy sailing, progressing to offshore sailing. Alex also has many years of experience in ski trekking and back country skiing, with some of his favourite bed time reading being about snow pack and avalanche theory.