What do you love about being a mountain guide?
What fascinates me most about the mountain guide profession is that I can fulfil people’s dreams. I can help them to do things that they would often not be able to achieve without my assistance. The gratitude that you get back is simply very great. It’s a real pleasure. I don’t think there are that many professions where you can experience such joy and appreciation. Mountain climbing teaches you valuable lessons for life. You learn to set goals, assess the risk and never give up. If you always remain in your comfort zone, you'll stop growing.
What is your favourite hike in Austria?
As a guide, my favourite hike is the Lienzer Dolomiten because there are climbs for many different levels. It’s also not too dangerous and it’s a quiet place without too many people.
Is there a mountain you find particularly special?
I love the Grossglockner – our highest mountain (3,798m). If you’re there on a day when there aren’t many people, you can really feel the power of Grossglockner, and you can feel something very special when you are alone there.
Have you any advice for mountain climbers?
It's important to set yourself goals on the mountain, as in real life. When you reach a point where you are stuck and allow a little change, are open to something new, that helps in everyday life, too. Nature doesn't make a difference between men, women, those professionally successful or those who are not.