Born in Llandovery, Siân Pritchard-Jones climbed her first peak in North Wales at the age of 3½, igniting her passion for mountains and wild places. Following an earlier incarnation as a computer programmer/analyst, she met her husband, Bob Gibbons, in 1983, on a trek from Kashmir to Ladakh.
Since 1983 they have been leading and organising treks in the Alps, Nepal and the Sahara, as well as driving overland to Nepal. Journeys in a now-28-year-old Land Rover from England to South Africa provided the basis for several editions of the Bradt guide Africa Overland. During 2011 they revisited Tibet, this time driving the same old Land Rover back from Kathmandu to the UK, via Lhasa through China, Kazakhstan and Russia.
The Himalaya have never ceased to attract, resulting in several trekking guidebooks for Cicerone and Himalayan Map House, and previously with Pilgrims Book House. Siân has also translated two exciting books from French into English: one the story of an amazing weather-forecaster living in Chamonix while forecasting for mountaineering expeditions around the globe, the other a mountaineering novel based on fictitious eccentric characters living in the Chamonix Valley.