Tybalt Peake is an nineteen-year-old skier, climber, filmmaker, photographer and all-around adventurer. He has worked for the BBC, numerous outdoor brands, various national newspapers and was the social media editor for Trek & Mountain. He's best known for being the youngest Brit to sail the Northwest Passage when he was fifteen. Recently he is diving into drone shooting, and had the opportunity to capture parts of his climb with Eric Jones for a BBC television programme about the eighty-two-year-old climber.
I left home a few days after my fifteenth birthday and have lived in and visited the most extreme places ever since. I left mainstream education when I was fourteen. I was never much good at classroom-based learning, and in fact I’ve run away from school ever since I can remember. When I was ten I was excluded for a full year because I was deemed too much at risk of disappearing into the wilderness. I’d sit in class waiting till I could escape and as soon as an opportunity arose I’d launch myself from a window or slip out of a door. From there I would jump the playground wall and run through the streets till I got to the countryside and head to high ground. The place I’d go most was a mountain I can see from my bedroom window called Pen yr Helgi Du. I've skied, climbed and biked since I can remember - growing up in Capel Curig, which is a small village in the Snowdonia mountains, has been a great place to do all that.
I love the snow, the mountain environment and getting layered up with warm clothes. I really enjoy the cold. I spend my winters in the mountains now, and used to be a ski racer, which I have found to be good training for free riding. I’ve spent the last two winters in Revelstoke in Canada and before that was living in Chamonix. Having spent a great deal of time in the Alps, I've noticed the early season having less and less snow. I really saw the effects of climate change first hand, so I'm totally committed to protecting that environment and want to help as much as I can. I was thrilled to be an ambassador for Protect Our Winters while on the Northwest Passage trip.