The life of a Mountain Guide

My intent

I was born in the enchanting town of Cortina di Ampezzo, where I currently live and work. Since my childhood, I have been discovering, exploring, and developing a deep love for my hometown and the stunning mountains that surround it – the Dolomites.

As I matured, my profound passion for the mountains and the incredible outdoor activities offered in this dreamlike environment led me to pursue a career as a mountain guide. To me, it is the most wonderful job in the world.

Today, I share the knowledge accumulated through years of mountaineering, hiking, and climbing, aiming to impart to my clients the passion I have for this region.

Why become a mountain guide?

Like many of the children born in the Ampezzo Valley, when I was little I started to explore this amazing environment on Sunday walks with my parents and later on with my friends.

The surrounding mountains held a great fascination for me and the desire to reach their summits soon made itself felt. It was for this reason, when I was fourteen years old, that I started climbing with my friends. I kept it quiet from my parent at first; they considered it a dangerous activity without expert supervision.

Luckily I managed to survive the dangers of being inexperienced and reckless and, at the age of 20, was invited to join the Gruppo Scoiattoli (the Squirrel Group; the most famous group of climbers in Italy).

From that moment onwards, I began to expand my climbing portfolio, mainly in the Dolomites, but also in other ranges (climbing various ice and mixed routes in the Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa areas, and making an ascent of Denali (via West Rib) in Alaska).

The allure of the great mountains however was not enough to lure me away from my great passion, rock climbing. Having climbed many of the classic routes in the Dolomites, for a short period I dedicated myself to making solo ascents (including the Costantini-Apollonio route on the South Pillar of Tofana di Rozes in 1981).

In the early 80s, sport climbing made its debut in the Dolomites. Intrigued by this new form of climbing, I began traveling abroad to engage in sport climbing and discovered an entirely new world of rock climbing.

I found a climbing style that resonated perfectly with me, and my enthusiasm for it remains strong to this day. This passion has propelled me to achieve a commendable climbing grade, with my best effort being a redpoint of 5.13d. However, as the years pass, dedicating time to intense training becomes more challenging, and I no longer pursue climbs of this difficulty.

In the meantime, I attended training courses, which enabled me in time to qualify as a Mountain Guide. In 1984, I became a member of the Gruppo Guide Alpine Cortina, the local guides’ organization, of which I am proud to be a part. I continue to contribute to this organization, working with dedication.

What started as a passion has evolved over the years into a profession. Today, I guide individuals who share the desire to explore these mountains, offering both challenging and easy ascents in both summer and winter. My goal is to convey to my clients the love I have for this area.

If you have had the opportunity to climb the mountains with me, I would be grateful if you could write a review. Many of my guests have found it helpful to read reviews from past clients before planning their visits.

Mountain Guide Enrico Maioni climbing in Verdon.

Competence & Expertise

Rock Climbing
Via ferrata
Summer & Winter hiking
Ski mountaineering & Off-piste
Ice Climbing

Below, you’ll find two old videos from the annual International Mountain Guides Climbing Championship. The IFMGA climbing championship takes place every year, and every certified mountain guide can participate. The championship highlights the excellent know-how and high level of training among mountain guides.

Arco (TN) 1995 – Enrico placed 9th
Sexten (BZ) 2002 – Enrico placed 2th