Mayan’s passion for climbing and the mountains runs deep. Born at the foot of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mayan’s early childhood was spent living in the outdoors. “At age 16, I was unable to ignore the lure of the mountains and began alpine climbing, which soon developed into a fascination with rock climbing and skiing,” says Mayan. After leaving school she dedicated herself to skiing, until 2002, when an extreme skiing accident left Mayan with a broken jaw and two broken feet. This caused Mayan to turn her boundless energy toward climbing exclusively - She never looked back!