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I have been a mountain guide now for more than 20 years and practice all varieties of alpinism. Nowadays as a mountain guide, I like to find fun and innovative routes to climb and offer these routes, which are mostly very performance driven, to more experienced climbers.
When the first snowflakes fall in the high mountain regions in autumn, the ground begins to transform into a glittering world and the landscape slowly prepares for the upcoming winter. However, the snowpack is in constant transformation and this is also the main reason why the study of snowpack is so diverse and challenging.
Especially in expert groups of the mountain sports scene, you can read it again and again that mountain guides have the most beautiful job in the world. In this article, I would like to take a closer look at this concise thesis and try to find an answer based on my path in the world of mountain sports.
Whether it’s adventurous skiing in the best powder snow in winter, extended hikes in the glorious spring sun or resting in one of the beautiful alpine huts – just about everyone knows and appreciates the beautiful Alpine region, as it is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.
It’s done: the Wallride expedition was successful and Stefan Glowacz and Philipp Hans can look back with pride on what they have achieved. They biked more than 2,200km through the Alps, climbing more than 46,000 meters of altitude to achieve two completely new first ascents on prominent mountains.
It is September 2021. For more than two years now we have had a specific goal in mind and have been training for this one expedition, the 3 Poles-Challenge. We have all our equipment lined up and almost ready to go. We have finalized the logistical plans as well as our own plans and even backup plans.…but wait, one very important thing is unfortunately still unclear.
Surely you know this inner demand that motivates you again and again to go out into the wild and makes you want to experience and feel adventures. I can truly understand that and I am sure that I am not alone with that, especially in this times where ” micro adventures” are really popular – out of the everyday life and right into the adventure!
Dauphiné, Col du Lautaret, Briançon – admittedly, these buzzwords would rather come to mind when it comes to skiing, the Tour de France or great alpinism. Hardly anyone who has not already been here would associate the Haut Val Durance with great sport climbing, which for us Germans is more at home in the south of the French Republic.
It started with a photo that raised my interest right away: a perfect crack in polished granite, two climbers in t-shirts high above turquiose water, with endless islands and rough mountaintops in the background. “Where is this?!” my climbing heart immediately demanded.
For decades, the Marmot Mountain Club has consisted of a colorful mix of people who have made their love of nature and the mountains the focus of their lives. Mountain athletes, alpinists, campers, climbers, skiers, adventurers, etc. tell their stories and share them with like-minded people – regardless of age, gender, background or level of professionalism.
Hello, my name is Hazel. First and foremost I am an outdoor professional and enthusiast. For most of my life I have spent more time outside than indoors. Developing a love for the mountains in my teenage years. Working as an outdoor instructor for many years before changing direction and bringing me to work for Marmot as a Sales and Training Representative in the United Kingdom.
In the North of England, sitting quietly amongst the rolling green fields and moors of The Yorkshire Dales, sits the mighty Malham Cove, a huge cliff of brilliant white limestone with a vertical drop of over 80 meters. And right at the top of this wall of stone, huge bulges and roofs towering way above the grassy meadow below, like a frozen wave threatening to crash down.
The outdoors is our playground. The hills, mountains and valleys, the cliffs, the paths, ridges and rivers. All offer huge adventure. And for many of us, in many parts of the world, they are free to explore. But at what cost? The entry price may be zero to our park, but as we travel for our fun, in our cars and vans and planes, the planet takes a beating.
Ever since I was a small boy I knew one thing - I loved climbing.I grew up in semi-rural Yorkshire in the north of England surrounded by small gritstone cliffs from 3 to 20 metres high. It was a perfect climbing playground, and I loved exploring the rocks and scrambling around.
Up north in Sweden we have a word for the season in between winter and spring. This season is the most appreciated throughout the year; the weather is sunny and warm enough to be outside in lighter clothes but there is still snow on the ground and perfect conditions for skiing, ice fishing or snowmobiling.
There was once a mountain lake and a small river flowed from it, which was unruly and wild from the start. As small as he was, he was called Storån because he looked like something big could become of him.” Like little Nils Holgersson. And who does not know him, Tom Thumb, who flies on the back of the tame gander Martin with the wild geese through all of Sweden to Lapland and experiences wild adventures.
Camping and wildlife are an exciting topic. The shoes and sandals disappear at night. The trash bags from the previous evening were torn the next morning and the contents were scattered somewhere. Suddenly you have holes in the tent floor or animals crawl over your sleeping bag at night.