Lindsay Elms was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Christchurch, New Zealand at an early age. While attending Hagley High School he joined the school tramping club and within a couple of years (1974) joined the Canterbury Mountaineering Club. For the next six years he climbed in the lesser ranges of the Southern Alps and learned the required mountaineering skills, however, as with many young antipodeans he needed to further his experience by travelling and trekking overseas: Southeast Asia, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Europe and North Africa. In 1985 he went to Antarctica where he worked for the United States Antarctic Research Program at McMurdo Sound. He spent a year and a half on the continent, which included wintering over in 1986. Several trips were then made to South America and Central America before coming to the USA and Canada. For the next eight years he worked as a Mountaineering Instructor for the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training (COLT) program at Strathcona Park Lodge on Vancouver Island, but also continued climbing in Latin America. He currently works at St. Joseph's General Hospital in Comox.
Since arriving on Vancouver Island in 1989 Elms has climbed over two hundred and fifty of the island's peaks including a twenty-four hour round trip ascent of The Golden Hinde, a four hour ascent of Elkhorn and numerous other speed ascents, however, he has also climbed many of the lesser known and rarely visited north island peaks. He maintains his fitness through running and has completed numerous marathons, three ultra-marathons and a number of endurance races and is a member of the Comox Valley Road Runners. Elms lives in Comox on Vancouver Island and has published two books: Beyond Nootka (1996) and Above the Bush (2012). He continues to collect stories and photographs about the history of mountaineering on Vancouver Island.
Significant Ascents by Lindsay Elms:
Vancouver Island Qualifiers (IQ):