“The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have”

Reinhold Messner

My name is Grant Rawlinson – but most people call me ‘Axe’.  I am an inspiring keynote speaker, team building coach, mountaineer and human powered adventurer.  I am born and bred in New Zealand but now reside in Singapore with my lovely wife Stephanie.  

In January 2017, I depart on my greatest expedition yet ‘ROWING from HOME to HOME’. This is an attempt to travel from Singapore all the way back to New Zealand, entirely by human power and using a rowing boat as the main mode of transport.  

Visit the ROWING HOME page to learn more about the expedition.

You can be involved in the the following ways:

  • Corporates, Clubs and Societies.  I give inspiring keynote presentations to teams and audiences and would love to speak to your teams, sharing the experience and lessons from years of demanding expeditions in unforgiving environments and especially about the most audacious attempt yet – ROWING HOME!
  • Schools – please contact me to see how your classes can be involved, inspired and educated through being part of the ROWING HOME expedition!
  • Simply want to follow our progress?
    • Sign up to the blog (by entering your email on the left hand side)
    • Follow our expedition FACEBOOK Page
    • Follow me on TWITTER 
Close Up, TVNZ

Hear my story on CLOSE UP, TVNZ, click on the image to view the video.

I warmly welcome you to my site and thank you for dropping by.  May you too be inspired to have many amazing adventures of your own, in sustainable ways, with great teams, pushing you far out of your comfort zones, to that place where the magic beings to happen! 

Axe on the summit of Mt Everest

A dream reached.  Axe on the summit of Mt Everest ,19 May 2012, after 5 years of planning, preparation and setbacks

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