Our Team


Loz Ogle

Managing Director

Founder of Basecamp Wanaka Climbing Centre, Managing Director Loz Ogle is our resident Kiwi and has been climbing for over 20 years. He studied Outdoor Education and has worked in the industry, both here in New Zealand and in Italy, Wales and Australia for over 10 years. When not at work or at the local crag Loz can be found skiing at Treble Cone, volunteering for the local Search and Rescue group or developing his green thumb in the garden.

Emily warne

Emily Warne

Assistant Manager

Emily’s passion for rock and the mountains brought her to Wanaka in 2013 after 6 years working as a climbing instructor in Australia. She has been a part of the Basecamp team since early in 2016 and recently attained her NZOIA Sport Climbing Endorsement to add to her Rock 1. She’s happiest when her spare time is filled with adventures in the mountains—climbing, scrambling, skiing or biking, and finishing her days creating delicious food and drinking a glass of pinot!

Nia OConnor

Nia O’Connor

Wanaka Operations Coordinator

Nia has been climbing at Basecamp since our inception in 2009 and has risen through the ranks ever since. Luckily for us she has returned to Wanaka after finishing her degree in psychology, doing some travels and a stint in Auckland. She is excited to be back and is passionate about motivating and coaching climbers, as well as going out climbing and paddle boarding herself.


(and Oakey) O’Connell

Safety Supervisor

Hannah is a key member of staff at Basecamp and you’ll most often find her supervising the Sport Climbing Wall or Clip N’ Climb, making even the most nervous of climbers feel at ease.
Prior to joining the Basecamp team in 2015, Hannah managed a tree-top aerial adventure course in Christchurch so managing people and ropes is second nature to her. Her other passion is mountain biking, so on her days off, she can usually be found on Wanaka’s excellent single-track trails.

Chris Pruden

Chris Pruden

Chief Guide – Alpine

Most at home in the alpine environment, Chris is not only an excellent guide and instructor but also a talented photographer. When not leading our mountaineering trips, Chris also volunteers for the Wakatipu Alpine Cliff Rescue Team.

Torben Kallmeier

Torben Kallmeier

Queenstown Ops, Instructor / Guide

Growing up outside London, much of Torben’s early climbing was on plastic holds but after finishing University he moved to New Zealand to experience the mountain lifestyle and the rest, as they say, is history! He completed his NZOIA rock qualification and now works alongside Jamie to organise the Queenstown side of the hill. Whilst he has dabbled in the alpine and mountaineering he is happiest when sport climbing in the sunshine.


Jamie Marr

Queenstown Ops, Instructor / Guide

Jamie spent 3 years training as an outdoor instructor / guide in Timaru, where he achieved the top student award all three years. After specialising in mountaineering, rock and bush, he qualified with NZOIA Rock and Bush level 1 then chose to travel to broaden his climbing skills. Going to Australia, America, England and the European Alps and gaining experience teaching all types of people from a range of cultures and backgrounds along the way.

Steve Daniels

Steve Daniels

Safety Supervisor / Instructor
Steve has worked as an outdoor instructor in North Wales for 8 years and now brings his wealth of experience to the Basecamp Adventures team. Originally from the UK, his passion for the mountains has taken him all over the world, climbing in Canada, France, Morocco and now New Zealand. He love challenging himself against the elements mountains can throw at us and enjoys moving over rock and ice as much as pulling hard through steep ground.

Clancy Walters

Safety Supervisor/Guide, Queenstown
Clancy’s love of climbing begain when bouldering gym opened in his home town in rural Australia. Then a family hiking holiday to New Zealand was the first of many trips here until hefinally decided to move to Queenstown last year. Clancy has been rock climbing all over the South Island and is always keen to find new and exciting climbs. He has a passion for the outdoors and helping others achieve their goals, and is always happy to have a friendly chat!

Yann Lorain

Safety Supervisor, Queenstown
Yann grew up in northwest France and spent most of his holidays in the French alps. He arrived in New Zealand 4 years ago and spent the year hiking throughout the South Island. He has now settled in Queenstown where he spends all his free time outdoors; climbing trad and sport, mountaineering, skiing, trail running and taking photos.

Connor Egan

Safety Supervisor & Marketing, Queenstown
Connor has been climbing for the last three years, mostly in the Rocky Mountains of Banff AB Canada. He is a sport climbing fanatic whether it be inside on plastic or outside on rock. Connor also has a Business Degree with a focus in Marketing. When not at work, Connor can be found sampling all of the awesome climbing spots that New Zealand has to offer.

Emma Henry

Safety Supervisor/Guide, Queenstown
Emma has worked in outdoor education in South East Queensland and BC Canada since 2015. With a wealth of experience working with kids in the outdoors, as well as a background in adventure tourism as an abseil, rock climbing and paddling guide she is the perfect addiotion to the Basecamp Adventures team. An avid traveller, she finally found her way to Queenston earlier this year and was immediately drawn to the mountains which she is excited to get out and explore.
Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds

Instructor / Guide

As well as teaching rock climbing, Scottie is a fitness instructor, offering boot camps and outdoor training in Queenstown. He also operates a film a photography business, providing location scouting and filming services in the region. Ex-Navy, Scott’s organisational and motivational skills are unparalleled and he’ll have you scaling the rock in no time.

Cam Walker - Instructor

Cameron Walker

Guide / Instructor

Cam is all things outdoors. Although he’s originally from the North Island we let this slide for him. Mostly because he is a through and through outdoor adventurer, and full blown lover of New Zealand, with all it’s historic, cultural, natural and outdoor pursuits to offer.


Frankie Sanders

Guide / Instructor

Frankie joined the Basecamp team early in 2014 and hasn’t stopped since. Whether she is supervising the Sport Climbing Wall, or instructing climbers outdoors; Frankie’s boundless energy and enthusiasm are infectious! Her passion for climbing and the outdoors means that Frankie seizes every opportunity for adventure, be it climbing in the Arapiles, mountaineering in the Southern Alps or competing in adventure races

Basecamp Adventures STEFAN SCHWARZ

Stefan Schwarz

Route Setter

Stef has also been climbing at Basecamp since we opened in 2009 and has a real passion for climbing and bouldering. He began as a member of the Wanaka Cliffhangers Climbing Club, competing on a national level and representing New Zealand at the Oceania Boulder Championships.