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Charlie, Co-founder

Charlie is a data analyst with a physics degree, and co-author of the best-selling book, The Van Conversion Bible. She spends her time travelling the world, climbing and working remotely from her off-grid campervan.

Charlie loved maths and astronomy when she was young, and always dreamed of being an astronaut. She studied Astrophysics at university, and went on to use her maths skills working as Head of Analytics & Insight for a small adventure travel company, selling trips to the ends of the earth (but unfortunately not beyond!).

In her 5 years of working a 9 to 5 office job, Charlie learnt a broad range of skills, delving deep into the world of data analytics, software development and digital marketing. She quickly became an integral part of the company, working as part of the management team involved with the company’s strategic planning.

However, when covid hit Charlie ended up furloughed for a number of months, and this gave her the time to reassess her ambitions and focus. Although she enjoyed her job, she was tired of spending her life office-bound and living for weekends and holidays. She found the lack of flexibility of a 9 to 5 job frustrating, and she was ready for a big change.

She spent her time furloughed building up content for the Nomadic Energy (then ‘Climbingvan’) website, and this (and a number of lockdowns!) led to her and Dale beginning to write The Van Conversion Bible. Whilst writing their book, Charlie and Dale quickly realised that the electrical system was the area of a van conversion that people were most worried and apprehensive about, so they set about creating an electrical system design service, Nomadic Energy (now rebranded to Nohma).

Charlie put her physics degree to good use and started to develop the clever systems and algorithms behind Nomadic Energy. She’s at her best when working on a difficult maths challenge or diving deep into a complicated spreadsheet, so building a sophisticated electrical system calculator was right up her street. 

When she’s not working, Charlie spends as much of her time as she can outdoors, climbing and exploring beautiful new landscapes. She has been climbing for over ten years, and loves nothing more than being outside on the rock, whether on a sunny Spanish sport climb, an alpine mountain, or a rugged British sea cliff. Charlie also organises an annual women’s climbing festival, the Women’s Trad Festival, combining her passion for climbing with her love of spreadsheets and all things organisation.

As well as climbing, Charlie loves to get a different perspective on things by getting off the beaten track and exploring remote areas on a multi-day hike, or from the water by paddleboard. Inspired by some hardy friends, she has recently been finding the enjoyment and challenge of cold water swimming.

Since April 2021, Charlie has been living and travelling in her climbing home on wheels, Ringo, travelling the UK, Europe, and the Americas. She has enjoyed finding a better work life balance, swapping daily commutes for walks to the climbing crag, and working when she feels most productive, with a different view from her ‘office’ each day.

Seeing everything grow organically from just myself and Dale starting Nohma from our campervan, to a team of 13 working nomadically across the world, has been pretty magic.

Charlie Low, Co-founder

Her and Dale recently took their adventures to a new level, getting married on top of a mountain in Yosemite National Park. After their honeymoon in Baja California Sur, they drove further south down the Pan American highway, all the way to Patagonia. Keep your eyes peeled to find out what their next adventure will be…

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