Safety is a good reason to hire a mountain guide
- Knowledge of the area
- Knowledge of nature
Mountain guides create adventure worlds
A good mountain guide can transform a travel experience into something remarkable.
The result to hire a guide is (hopefully) an interesting tour with lots of information and answers to any question you could possibly pose.
The tour is also well thought out, efficient and makes sense. At no time does the Mountain Guide seem lost or out of their element.
The mountain guide does not only guide you in a safe way across the mountains, but he fulfils also global tasks in taking care of his clients. Before the tour starts he gives personal advice to the client and supports him in selecting the right tour.
Like this, a mountain tour becomes a global experience for the client. He does not only guide the way, but he is also adviser and animator. He helps ambitious clients to improve technically and physically. Often the mountain guide accompanies his client for many years and all over the world. This is the basis for friendships that last for a lifetime.
The guides are neither extreme mountain masters nor accompanists for the fearful
In the public, there are rather two opposite convictions that need to be debunked, and those who write or communicate about the mountains should be aware of this.
On one hand, those who already move fairly well in the mountains, but are not professionals, conceive turning to a Mountain Guide as an act of cowardice or, better yet, an admission of incapacity. This is wrong: sometimes even top athletes consult and are accompanied by the best local Mountain Guides. Humility is a sign of intelligence, preparation, skill, and not the opposite.
On the other hand, it is believed that guides should only be consulted if our technical level is very high, practically if we want to seek the extreme, and not simply to learn or be guided in more “normal” situations. This perception is completely wrong as well: guides are trainers and as such willingly adapt to the level of the people they accompany, they are happy to work and often have great availability.