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Lewis Ainsworth


Nationality: New Zealand

Localism: New Zealand, Japan

Languages spoken: English (The New Zealand Kind)

Favourite mountain: Aoraki Mt Cook

Special Power: Wolverine like healing ability.


  • IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide

  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Born and raised in the subtropical north of New Zealand, Lewis headed south in his early 20's and quickly found his calling climbing in the New Zealand Alps while attending University in Christchurch. General mountain marauding quickly led to an interest in guiding and Lewis got his first dose of the guiding life as a ‘Glacier Slug’ on the rainy and temperate Fox Glacier.


Since then Lewis has pursued his passion with gusto. Highlights including nine ascents of Aoraki Mt Cook amongst other technical ascents in New Zealand, regular rock climbing trips to Australia as well as extensive ski touring through NZ and Japan.

Lewis is passionate about his profession and continues to empower others to enjoy the pleasures and challenges to be found in the hills.

Lewis passed his Guide Certification faster than anyone in NZ!
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