Kim grew up in Tasmania where he began tramping and rock climbing as a teenager. After finishing school Kim spent most of the next decade travelling the world for climbing, repeating challenging routes and establishing first ascents in Europe, Alaska, Patagonia, Nepal and New Zealand. Kim now spends half his time in New Zealand working as a mountain guide and is a member of the New Zealand alpine team.
In the spring of 2022, Kim was a member of an Australian/Kiwi team of three travelling to the Indian Himalayas to try and repeat the West Face of Changabang. The West Face of Changabang was climbed in 1976 by Joe Tasker and Peter Boardman, an internationally celebrated ascent far ahead of its time, made famous by the book The Shining Mountain. Over the following 46 years many teams tried and failed to repeat the wall. Kim’s team spent nine days on the wall enduring cold, wind, daily snowstorms and each other.