Oliver was formerly a professional polo player at Guards Polo Club, in Windsor Great Park. After retiring in 2014, he then spent some years working in the financial services sector. He is a keen runner, having completed numerous marathons and duathlons, but his real passion is high altitude mountaineering. In 2021, he climbed five mountains above 5,000m and reached 7,000m on Mount Everest before becoming ill with COVID19. Six weeks after leaving hospital in Kathmandu, he and Ed won the NOMAN Barcelona to Ibiza rowing race in 93 hours.
He is the founder of True Summit Adventures, which specialises in high altitude treks and mountaineering abroad; team cohesion events in the UK and other experiences he considers “out of this world.” In 2022 he lead groups in Tanzania, Morocco, the UK and France. Excited by the prospect of taking part in TWAC22, he believes it will be essential for his own self-discovery and is single minded in his determination to complete the crossing. However, this won’t be his only adventure of 2023, as straight after TWAC22 he will head straight to Ecuador for a climbing expedition, then onto Nepal, where hopefully another Everest ascent is on the cards.