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Our Guides

Meet Our Amazing Guides!

At Happy Tracks we believe having a great guide makes for a great trip. We have a fun, diverse and passionate team who will keep you safe and entertained during your hike.

All our guides are qualified International Mountain Leaders which means they have been assessed to a high standard on their mountain skills and knowledge of the mountain environment.

Below you can learn a bit about your guide before your hike starts, they all have some great stories of mountain adventures to share with you during you hike.

Grant

Where you are based: Chamonix, France

Favourite trail: Grant loves guiding on the Haute Route and visiting the remote villages of the Valais. When he’s on his own he loves the wild Aosta valley for big ascents and amazing scenery.

Favourite sport: Ultra distance running and ski mountaineering 

Best adventure highlight: A two month trip to Peru and Bolivia to ski, hike and run in the Andes. The highlight was skiing from the summit of Sajama at 6500m, the highest peak in Bolivia in the middle of the desert! 

Joel

Where are you based: Chamonix


Favorite trail: Wolfberg Cracks, Cederberg, South Africa – A wild and remote trail involving some tight canyons and epic views. It is however a close one between Wolfberg Cracks and the high trail from Rifugio Bertone – Rifugio Bonatti on the TMB. As you turn the corner you are greeted by an amazing panorama from Mont Blanc to the Grand Jorasses and over a dozen 4000m Peaks!


Favourite Sport: Ski Mountaineering and Alpinism. I find the best views are often from the top of summits!


Best Adventure Highlight: Summer of 2020 – Climbing 47 x 4000m summits in the Alps. What started off as just helping out a friend try to climb them all led to an obsession of my own. Currently on 71/82 with a goal of the first Welshman to climb them all!

Nick

Where you are based: Chamonix 
 
Favourite trail: one of my favourite trails is climbing up to the Augustbord pass on the haute route, you go through alpine meadows into huge bowls of scree and hanging glacial lakes before taking an exposed descent round to Jungu and surprise kicker to st Nicklaus! 
 
Favorite sport: favorite personal sport is climbing. It takes me to all the corners and lesser travelled areas of so many countries, and keeps me fit!
 
Best adventure highlight: Standing on top the les petit drus in 2016 after 2 nights 3 days of winter climbing
 

Kirsti

Where you are based: Finale Ligure, Italy
 
Favourite trail: Svaneti in Georgia: Nakra – Mestia – Ushguli for the stunning landscapes, wilderness and unique local mountain culture with tasty feasts when passing villages
 
Favourite sport: Rock climbing and skiing
 
Best adventure highlight:  “It has to be climbing up the overhanging rock face of Verdon one spring day and getting to know a rope team who was on the same route. The day got cold, I really was at to my limit but with the encouragement of my rope partner and this new buddy I pushed through. Over the following days of climbing adventures I got to know my new friend… and now, 7 years later, we’re sharing our life together!”

 

Fernando

Where you are based: Chamonix, France

Favourite area: Tibetan Plateau- Fernando has hiked, biked and climbed in this remote area of the Himalaya with some first ascents of some impressive peaks.

Favourite sport: Climbing, split boarding, alpinism

Best adventure highlight: Fernando made the first solo crossing of the Corona del Inca by bike, a high altitude volcanic desert at an altitude of over 5000 metres above sea level.

He has also had many adventures snowboarding in the Andes on the volcanoes of Chile and the mountains of Patagonia.

Cecilia

Where you are based: Trento, Italy

Favourite trail: The high routes in Valle d’Aosta, at the feet of the highest mountains in the Alps. The Alta Via 2 in the Dolomites, lesser known than the AV1 but a spectacular route. The hidden trails of Val di Funes, a “secret” valley in the Dolomites.

Favourite sport: Walking and running in the mountains, rock climbing.

Best adventure highlight: Trying to climb to the top of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the American continent, as part of an all female team.

 

 

David

Where you are based: Tarantaise Valley


Favourite trail: Haute Route, Tour de Lac Serre Poncon, Tour de Queryas, Gr 20…..too many to choose from.


Favorite sport: Trail Running/Mountain Biking


Best adventure highlight: Dodging Grizzly Bears whilst trail running and mountain biking through the Chilcotin Mountains in Canada in 2010.

 

Oli

Where you are based: The Chamonix Valley

Favourite trail: Anywhere in Italy!.

Favorite sport: Hiking, Mountain biking & ski touring!

Best adventure highlight: Sharing the mountains with new groups!

 

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