Cain was born in England and, since the age of 10 grew up on a farm in Northern Tuscany with his family, where they made wine and olive oil. He has spent the last 30 years hiking, climbing and skiing in the Alps and is extremely knowledgeable about their flora, fauna, history and traditions. Cain achieved degrees in Physical Education and Sports Management at Florence and Newcastle University and successfully completed a selective UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide course in Italy, the highest internationally recognized qualification for instruction and guiding in rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, off-piste skiing and ski touring. He has been guiding in the Alps since 2002 and has professionally lead treks and climbing expeditions in Asia, South America and the Middle East. He lives between Ponte di Legno, in the Central Italian Alps and Finale Ligure on the Italian Riviera, with his wife Alice and there 3 sons.