A FORMER Huddersfield University student killed in a motorbike tragedy had a great love of the outdoors.
Alex Prosser - a life member of Huddersfield University's student union - died when his 600cc Suzuki was involved in a crash with a lorry on Meltham Road, Lockwood, at 8.20am on Monday.
The 27-year-old was on his way to work at a hill farm close to Holme Moss when the tragedy happened.
His family have revealed he loved the outdoors and had walked alone along the border between Nepal and Tibet, climbed every peak of note on the north island of New Zealand and worked on a Norwegian farm north of the Arctic Circle.
He explored the mountains and glaciers there.
He was also an exceptionally keen rugby player and was a member of Huddersfield University's first team squad while studying for a degree in modern history there between 1996 and 1999.
He also played for Huddersfield Rugby Union Club's third team at Lockwood Park and sometimes in the seconds.
Alex was known as Barry in Huddersfield - a nickname which had stuck from his university days and he was given it because he had a deep voice like soul singer Barry White.
His close friend, 22-year-old Neil Pollock said: "Alex was one in a million and the sort of person who would do anything for anyone.
"He meant an awful lot to very many people."
Huddersfield Rugby Union Club general manager Hamish Pratt added: "He was great guy and there are a lot of players here who knew him very well. The club's flag has been flying at half mast."
After graduating at Huddersfield University, Alex worked as a clerk at the Yorkshire Building Society in Huddersfield town centre and then at Dead Wax Records in Byram Arcade.
He had a wide taste in music ranging from Black Sabbath heavy rock through to classical and had built up an impressive collection of vinyl records.
He lived in Stockport with his parents, Gordon and Nicky, and leaves three brothers, Hugh, 25, Giles, 22 and 18-year-old Ed.
He often stayed with friends in the Huddersfield area.
Mr Gordon Prosser, 54, said: "Alex's love of the countryside was nurtured from an early age camping with his family in the snows of Northumberland before he was three months old.
"After he went to Huddersfield University he never really left because he had made so many friends over there.
"He could relate to anybody from very young children through to the elderly. It's been humbling as a parent listening to what people have been saying about him over the last few days."
During his travels abroad Alex had one or two worrying moments while travelling through the Far East last year to New Zealand
Mr Prosser said: "His journey there was eventful, riding local motorbikes, being posted missing when exploring alone in the remote hills of Laos and meeting the Maoist guerrillas in Nepal before walking alone from the border to Lhasa in Tibet.
"He was anxious at one stage when he was approached and surrounded by Chinese militia.
"His worries were soon dispelled when he realised that all they wanted was their photo taken with a lone European in this remote corner off the tourist track."
While in New Zealand earlier this year, Alex played for a team based in a town called Heriot.
Mr Prosser said: "He won the pre-season fitness competition when training with the local rugby club, earning a place on their first team.
"During one game his job was to mark All Blacks player Andrew Hoare."
Alex was due to work on the farm at Holme Moss for the rest of the year and was already planning further trips abroad, setting his sights on scaling the Andes.
* Alex's funeral will be held at the Victoria Park Christian Fellowship Church on Daisybank Road, Longsight in Manchester at 2pm next Wednesday.
This will be followed by cremation at Manchester Crematorium.