What did you have for breakfast? REAL coffee, muesli, yoghurt and an awesome sunrise.
What’s in your garage? No space for a car because it’s full of surfboards, a windsurfer, snowboard, mountain bike, camping gear and everything else that I own that doesn’t fit in my backpack.
When did you join the Active family? Summer of 2010.
Favourite piece of adventuring equipment? As of late, it would have to be a big blow-up crocodile called Snappy, but otherwise my old faithful Leatherman knife.
What do you prefer on your toast: Marmite or Vegemite? I’d have to say Marmite, because it’s way better and makes you tougher.
What do you do in the New Zealand winter season? I escape the NZ winter to the tropics of northern Australia to guide the Jatbula trail and float down rapids on Snappy.
Most memorable Active guest and/or on the job moment? There have been so many highlights, on every tour; however I’d have to say having a guest overcome physical and emotional challenges to reach Annapurna Base Camp so she could sprinkle her friend’s ashes was a special moment to be a part of.
What’s the best thing about your job? Sharing something I’m passionate about with others and the beautiful locations my outdoor office takes me.
Any hidden talents? I was always pretty good at scaring my sister when I was younger, still am actually…
Best movie of all time? Soon to be “Talaash” (a Bollywood film I was an extra in; coming out Nov 12, haha) but otherwise “The Endless Summer 2” surfing documentary would be by far my most watched flick.
Any final words? “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
“Dan was great! You can tell that he has an obvious love for travelling, and that enthusiasm spreads to us when he’s leading. He’s also very laid-back and not easily stressed, so I felt very safe & relaxed being on his tour.”
– Margaret Chu, Jan 30th 2012