He’s a nationally-certified mountain guide who also specialises in food plants and is a Guide at Geopark Chablais. And when we asked him to tell us about his job, he didn’t make mountains out of molehills. Because getting closer to them taught him humility.
Could you describe your career path?
I learned to love the mountains when I went on holiday with my parents. Later, I kept visiting them as a seasonal worker. After studying economics at university, I got nationally-certified as a mid-altitude mountain guide.
My sense of direction didn’t lead me astray; now I love my job.
How would you describe your role as a mid-altitude mountain guide?
In various practices and disciplines (hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, adapted hiking for people with disabilities, Nordic walking, themed hikes,
etc.), my role is always the same: Help others explore, learn about, and respect nature.
Can we enlist your aid no matter what our skill level is?
I do this while adapting my approach and pace to the people I’m helping. I’m always up for an exploratory hike, a more perilous course like the Dent d’Oche, or a multi-day trek. I have a passion for plants and flowers, which I share with people who tend to be more concerned with them than ever.
Could you live away from the mountains?
Definitely not. More than a job, it’s a passion that helps keep me balanced. The slopes of Mont Bénand are what give me energy and cultivate my love of plants. My stress outlet is the Cornettes de Bises, which lets me push beyond my limits.
In conclusion, could you summarise your job in three words?
Freedom, outdoors, and nature, in all its forms. That sums up how I live and what I want to share.
“THE MOUNTAINS LIVE ONLY OFF HUMAN LOVE; IN THEIR EXTREME POVERTY, THEIR TOTAL NUDITY, THEY POSSESS A PRICELESS FORTUNE: THE HAPPINESS IN THE EYES OF THOSE WHO VISIT THEM”.
“IT REALLY IS A LABOUR OF LOVE, YOU DON’T MAKE MUCH BUT YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO… THE REGION OFFERS US AN EXCELLENT PLAYGROUND, AND NATURE HAS GIVEN US TRULY MARVELOUS PLACES.”