Russell Hodgson - Russ
Russell has always had a passion for New Zealand's great outdoors and a desire to have others share that passion with him. The chance to share this with people came in 1999 when an opportunity arose to train further and gain some quality skills in vertical rope rescue, height safety, and risk management. Russ 'the muss' showed an excellent aptitude for working with people at heights which led to him becoming the Training Manager for the same leading New Zealand adventure caving company in Waitomo as his ol' mate Weno. Russell has guided and instructed people in height safety systems in New Zealand and all over the world. He also teaches outdoor first aid, rope rescue, and adventure guiding amongst a raft of other activities.
Russ has a natural ability to effectively reassure the less adventurous... and find challenges for the more confident thrill seekers.
He is pleased to say he loves 'going to work'; not that playing in a canyon all day can be considered "work!" In his spare time Russ can be found mountain biking, wakeboarding, or somewhere outdoors, often accompanied by his wife.
Russ has qualifications in Rope Access, Rescue, and Outdoor Assessment. With NZQA, IRAANZ and NZOIA quals to his name, you know you are safe with Russ.