After announcing our partnership last blog with SUMMIT STRENGTH We took some time to sit down with the owner Rowan and find out a little bit more about him.

What three words best describe you?

Relaxed. Adventurous. Honest.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Frenchs Forest, on the Northern Beaches of Syndey.

What do you love so much about hiking?

The feeling of freedom when you are out on the trail when your stress drops away, you forget about everyday life, and you can just immerse yourself in what is around you.

What is the best outdoor adventure you have ever been on

My favourite outdoor adventure of my life was a multi-day hike I did in Chapada Diamantina, in Brazil when I was 18.

Three days of chasing waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and practising Portuguese. Compared to all the hikes I have been on in my life, that one really summed up the feeling of freedom which I chase on the trail.

What is your training motto with your clients?

It is all about progress, not perfection

If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?

Flying for sure. Being able to get to all those hidden, ‘out of reach’ places would be unreal. Not to mention skipping the Sydney traffic…

If you could only eat one food what would it be?

Without a doubt in my mind, it would be meat pies 🙂

What would you sing at karaoke night?

I have one Karaoke song in my repertoire, and that is Eternal Flame by the Bangles (and I even have a choreographed ‘dance’ routine to go with it)

Do you have a favourite book or author?

My favourite book of all time is Breath by Tim Winton. It is so beautifully written and encapsulates so much of what I aspired towards when I was younger.

What is something new you want to try this year?

I have set myself the goal of learning to ballroom dance this year. Which absolutely terrifies me, because I am definitely NOT a coordinated dancer.

Do you have a favourite quote?

“Magic is only real when it is shared”