Ray Salisbury is the great-great-grandson of the first European Motueka Valley pioneer, John Park Salisbury, whose brother Thomas discovered the Tableland in 1863. The author was raised in Auckland where he trained as a graphic designer. After 12 years of teaching design to high school students, he is now a professional photographer and tutor based in Nelson. Ray has been a keen tramper for more than 40 years. His images and articles on the New Zealand backcountry have featured in 'Wilderness' magazine for decades.