Grant Christie

Explorer. Conservationist. Guide. Mentor. Speaker.

About Grant

Grant was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa.

He attended St Alban’s College where he was elected as Deputy Head of School and awarded Honours for Hockey, Scholarship and General. Grant matriculated with distinction.

Grant then studied Civil Engineering at the University of Pretoria, achieving first class honours for his degree. He won the awards for best first year and best second year student as well as several individual subject prizes in third and fourth year.

After completing his degree Grant worked in a civil engineering consulting firm. He spent a year working in Pretoria before continuing his career in Pietermaritzburg.

Subsequent to his tertiary education Grant has supplemented his interest in other fields by completing a travel writing course as well as diplomas in photography and social media marketing.

After four years in the corporate world Grant resigned to pursue his dream to walk the coastline of South Africa. Once this epic eight month, 3500km expedition was completed Grant struggled with the reintegration back into city life. He soon moved to the small village of Dullstroom, Mpumalanga where he lived for a year working at an adventure centre; supervising adventure activities, running school camps and hikes, facilitating team-building activities and organising trail running and mountain bike races. Grant was promoted to Director of the company for the second half of this period. It was in this time that Grant underwent training in rock climbing and abseiling supervision. Grant also went on to qualify as a certified mountain guide.

An avid sportsman, Grant has competed at high levels in a number of disciplines. Grant received SA Schools colours for hockey. He went on to compete at senior provincial level for both North Gauteng and KZN Inland, including two gold medals at indoor hockey inter-provincial tournaments. He has played with and coached several current national hockey players. Grant also earned provincial colours for soccer and squash at age group level, and has won an inter-provincial bronze medal for senior touch rugby. Grant is an accomplished trail runner, having completed several of South Africa’s most highly regarded single-stage and multi-stage events.

Grant is a keen musician. A relative late bloomer, he picked up his first guitar at the age of 20. He has gone on to play several shows in Pietermaritzburg, Durban and Pretoria. He has also performed at renowned music events: Splashy Fen and the White Mountain Music Festival.

From a very young age Grant showed an interest in nature and wildlife. As a boy he would often wander off to explore, leaving his parents in a frantic search for their lost son. This love has continued to grow through the years. It led to him working as a volunteer at the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary in Pietermaritzburg for a year and working with the Wilderness Foundation during his coastal expedition.

Grant has always had an aptitude for public speaking. He won a Toastmasters competition at school and has been the MC of choice for many school events, hockey club functions as well as trail running and mountain bike races.

Grant is currently working on his Six Million Steps book. He now leads hiking expeditions on a freelance basis, and has been involved in residential construction project management.

Grant is dreaming up new adventures for the future.