In 1988 Lydia became the first woman in the world to climb Mt Everest without supplementary oxygen. 

To date, she remains the only New Zealander to have climbed Everest without oxygen, has climbed Everest 5 times, is the only New Zealand woman to have climbed Everest more than once, and has guided it successfully four times.

Lydia holds a BHSc (Physiotherapy), a post-grad in Acupuncture, and is an IFMGA International Mountain & Ski Guide. Lydia splits her work schedule between mountain guiding and professional speaking.

Lydia grew up in New Zealand, and lives by the side of a lake near Wanaka, NZ.