Something about me…
I started hiking when I was young with my father. The most important advice he gave me is never to rush and always keep the strength to do the same route twice in case something happens.
I attended a school for techniques in using winter equipment in mountains and in rock climbing.
After that, I spent almost every weekend in the mountains or rock climbing.
I started working in Outdoors activities, and I got my degree in mountaineering. This is when I got involved in mountain guiding with initiation to hiking skills and mountain gear handling.
In my mountaineering curriculum, there was a field I was always fond of, extreme cold and mountain survivalism. I can’t say it was most of my friends’ cup of tea :).
Combining mountains with rock climbing made it obvious for me I should get involved into rescuing. But rescue is primarily a men’s “discipline”, and my colleagues were making fun of me (imagine the little blond girl I was!) until I passed the test of belaying an unconscious 160 lbs man.
But for me, my knowledge of the mountains were better served in searching than in rescuing (even if Search and Rescue goes in pair). So my mission was tracking lost and/or injured hikers where I could make use of my Red Cross – Samaritans, Rescuers and Lifeguards techniques.
Nowadays I mostly enjoy climbing and hiking with friends.
I have been in the mountains almost all my life.
I love the chilly snowy winter and the quietness in the white surroundings.
I love spring and its colorful scenery. I enjoy the summer and fall.
Every season is so different, but the feeling of happiness and calmness of the soul is what I gain from the mountains.
Rock climbing is a feeling of freedom. Climbing up is like testing my boulders and overcoming them.
When I climb, I believe that I am flying! My feet don’t touch the ground, but I am still standing.
What else can I say, I am just a mountain girl. Oh and I’m also vegan!