Sue was born in Victoria and began her working life as a horse manager and veterinary nurse. In 1990 she went trekking in Nepal and from that time, her adventurous spirit took control.

On returning to Australia, Sue worked as Sales Manager at Mountain Designs. In 1992 she climbed Kilimanjaro and spent time exploring Kenya and Tanzania. Back in Australia, she was employed as caterer and instructor for an outdoor executive training company, and was base camp manager and cook for the 1994 Australian Chongtar Expedition (China/Pakistan). In 1995 she headed to the mountains of New Zealand to climb and complete an intensive technical mountaineering course. Sue loves the mountains and colder climates and excels in winter activities. For the next few years, Sue worked as an adventure travel consultant.

Sue is also a keen photographer and in early 1996 she assisted on Aurora’s first Climbers and Photographers voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula and spent 1996-97 as a ship-based shop manager, cruising to Antarctica, the Amazon and the High Arctic. In 1997, Sue joined the Aurora Expeditions office.

In between leading expeditions, Sue and her partner Henrik Lovendahl have traveled around the Himalayas, European Alps and Thailand. This year, they took a well-earned break and returned to Nepal where they spent their time climbing, trekking and exploring to their hearts content.