Hong Meigui Members
James is a secondary school geography teacher (Oxford University, 2005) and an outdoor instructor since 1999.
James learnt to cave in Yorkshire and spent 2 summers caving and studying in Spain. As one of the founding members of Hong Meigui Cave Exploration Society he spent 5 months in China in 2001. He returned in 2002 for further exploration in Leye County and Qikeng Dong / Dong Ba and undertook a recce to Northern Yunnan in January 2008. Other expeditions include Mulu National Park in Borneo and as part of a National Geographic expedition to New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea. James has been a member of the Liverpool University Caving Club and the Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club and is now a member of the Nelson Speleology Group in New Zealand.
James has Certificates in Outdoor Education and Management Studies and experience working in the outdoors with youth groups, management groups, and school groups with various organisations including Outward Bound and YMCA. He holds the Summer Mountain Leader Certificate, the Single Pitch Climb Award and is qualified to coach kayaking (level 4) and canoeing (level 3) amongst other awards. James has travelled extensively and has led groups of young people to central and north Africa as well as the Indian Himalayas. James received a 2.1 Honors degree in Geology and Physical Geography from Liverpool University (1999) after teaching for 8 months in the Nepalese Himalaya in 1996.
James is now living at the top of the south island in New Zealand in Motueka, on the door step of some of New Zealands best caves, rivers, mountains and coast and having a ball!