Director, Trailrunning Guide & Product Tester
After leaving a Sunshine Coast High School in 2000, Tegyn studied Multimedia Design, T.E.S.O.L. and Language (Spanish) and Applied Linguistics at Griffith University before graduating with First Class Honours in 2005. After a uni-exchange in Chile Tegyn sought out International Logistics experience with DHL and Schenker. In 2005 he joined the Officer Training program of the Australian Army Reserve and in 2008 was commissioned as a Lieutenant. Between 2005-2007 Tegyn got outdoors whenever he could, including a Technical Mountaineering Course in the NZ Alps, rock climbing trips and an eventful winter trip to the Tasmanian Alps.
After graduating from the RMC Duntroon in early 2008, Tegyn studied Wilderness First Aid, travelled to Nepal for a high-altitude Mountaineering Expedition and, on the Kokoda trail, got his first taste of the Outdoor Industry. In October that year he commenced a Traineeship and Cert.III/Cert.IV in Outdoor Recreation with the Outdoor Education Group (OEG) and the Western Institute of TAFE.
Tegyn’s outdoor career has included an ongoing relationship with OEG, freelance work with various Australian Outdoor Education providers and extensive experience with World Challenge Australia (over 10, month-long developing world expeditions, product development and risk assessment, incident response, staff training and assessment etc.). He also works with the world-renowned National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), leading remote backpacking expeditions in the NZ Backcountry. In 2014 Tegyn became a Wilderness First Aid instructor with Survive First Aid and through his company, Wildplans, has written dozens of Blog Posts on the trailrunning and outdoor industries and manages a YouTube channel which recently clicked over 100,000 views. In 2014 Wildplans launched a range of Boutique Trailrunning Expeditions in Australia around the globe.
Tegyn ran his first Ultramarathon (WildEndurance, 100km) in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since, having now run over 20 trail ultramarathons ranging from 45-160km as well as a number of standard length trail marathons and other trail races. In 2013 Tegyn began contributing articles and photographs to Trail Run Magazine and in 2014 became Associate Editor, Senior Contributor and photographer for the magazine. He has also worked with Adventure Consulting firm, Adventure Types, in the mapping and auditing of trails for the http://www.7peaksrun.com.au/ project.
In 2014 Tegyn placed in the top 100 of both the Ultra Trail Mont Fuji and the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, both of which are 160+ km mountain/trail ultramarathons that include over 9500m of ascent and descent, and placed 3rd at in the inaugural Ultra Trail Torres del Paine.
Trailrunning Guide, Director of Tour de Trails & editor of Trail Run Mag
Chris is the founder and editor of Trail Run Mag, Australasia’s first publication devoted to the dirty art, a publication that focuses on the trail running lifestyle and is downloaded by up to 10,000 readers every quarter.
Chris is also a founding partner of Adventure Types, a consultancy specialising in assisting tourism organisations to develop adventure tourism strategy and product. In this capacity Chris assisted in designing and curating the popular Trail Run Fest, a three day trail running festival held in Victoria, along with Seasons of Pain, a trail run and mountain bike duathlon, and Kids Adventure Fest, which included trail running for kids.
Commissioned by Tourism North East (Victoria) to assist in the development of its 7PeaksRun campaign, Chris originated the proprietary trail audit and grading system, TrailScore, used to rate trails specifically for runners. The system was then employed by the likes of Mount Buller Alpine Resort to grade a suite of trails with the aim of creating mapping, signage and guide properties to encourage trail runners into the Alps – the result: Run Buller. This also led to designing and guiding trail run familiarisations for other media and journalists wanting to write about trail running.
Chris is the founder and Race Director of the Surf Coast Trail Marathon, held on Victoria’s famous Surf Coast, Australia. Lacking the dominant A-Type ‘racer’ predisposition himself, Chris concentrates his love of trail on simply running through the natural environment as a means of exploration and reaching beautiful, remote places. He has run in numerous trail and ultra events and undertaken expedition runs across the globe. This led him to establish Tour de Trails, a partner company with Wild Plans, and of course to working with Wild Plans and Tegyn to create unforgettable adventure run experiences.
Director, Trail Running Guide & Brand Ambassador
I am a trail runner. I run crazy distances through the most amazing places. It is a lifestyle, not just a sport. It keeps me driven, focused, happy, healthy, calm, strong, and fit. I LOVE it. It complements the rest of my life in which I strive to promote health and wellbeing as an Occupational Therapist, Body Pump Instructor, and Recreational Run Coach. Conquering what most would perceive as impossible gives me the confidence to attempt ANYTHING. This is a fast growing sport, an amazing community of people, and the best way to see some of Australia and the world’s most beautiful places.
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