Telephone: +61 (0) 411 261 654
+977 981 881 2723

  • Bb2

    Chris has climbed mountains in Nepal, China, Africa, Malaysia, South East Asia, South America, New Zealand, Antarctica, Australia, North America, Europe and Pakistan.


Chris is the first Australasian woman to reach the summit of K2 (2nd highest), Kanchenjunga (3rd), Lhotse (4th), Makalu (5th), Annapurna (10th) and Gasherbrum 1 (11th).

She loves mountaineering, trekking and the outdoors, and loves introducing people to what these activities have to offer.

  • Bb2
    • 5th NZ and 10th Australian woman to climb Mt Everest
    • 1st Australian or NZ woman to complete 'Seven Summits' (Carstensz list)
    • 1st NZ woman and 4th Australian woman to complete 'Seven Summits' (Kozzie list)

8,000m summits:

  • Everest - 20 May 2011
  • K2 - 26 July 2014
  • Kanchenjunga - 16 May 2018
  • Lhotse - 13 May 2013
  • Makalu - 25 May 2014
  • Cho-Oyu - 4 Oct 2014
  • Manaslu - 2 Oct 2013
  • Annapurna 1 - 1 May 2016
  • Gasherbrum 1 - 29 July 2013
  • Gasherbrum 2 - 21 July 2013

Chris is based on Sydney, Australia, having lived there for more than 25 years.  She was born in Timaru, New Zealand.

She was previously a Partner at leading Australian law firms Gilbert + Tobin and Minter Ellison.  Chris continues to provide legal and related consulting services to leading Australian corporates, and assists with her husband's mountaineering and trekking company, Expedition Base.

Chris has fundraised for numerous charitable initiatives, primarily in Nepal, with a focus on assisting disadvantaged women and girls in Nepal, and those who are the subject of human trafficking within and outside Nepal.

[NOTE ON STATISTICS: all climbing statistics referred to on this website are unofficial as there appears to be no single, definitive and updated point of reference for 8,000m+ mountaineering statistics, except perhaps (1) the Elizabeth Hawley Himalayan Database for Nepal mountains and Cho-Oyu, which is on the border, or All statistics referenced on this website are obtained using all reasonable efforts to ensure accuracy and are for reference purposes only. Corrections are welcomed. (Updated: June 2016)