3. You’re a trained carpenter. When and why did you give up woodworking for the mountains?
At eighteen I recognized that the mountains embodied my greatest passion, so I decided on a training path to become a mountain and ski guide. Carpentry was my job at the time, but I found my calling as a mountain guide.
4. What kind of preparations do you make before heading out on a ski tour?
Information gathering, perfect planning, and no rushing around when sorting out gear- those are the three rules I follow before every tour. Along with the mental and organizational planning, physical preparation naturally plays a crucial role.
5. Which important tools do you absolutely need to have on a ski tour?
An avalanche transceiver, probe, and shovel must always be in your pack. Next I focus on the lightest, most functional apparel. You can usually find a compromise among weight, comfort, and function. The appropriate ski touring boots complete the package. Fit, and a good performance-to-weight ratio are important here. Of course, you need nutritious food and an energy drink with you, too. It goes without saying that you should also bring a large serving of motivation and good spirits.