About N.A.T.’s Founder
Nathalie came to Western Canada from her native Switzerland when she was 19 and fell in love with the people, the pace of life and a country that seemed to offer limitless opportunities.
She came back to visit a few months at a time every few years before emigrating in 2008.
Besides an administrative and marketing career in different corporations, Nathalie has always led an outdoorsy, multi-sports lifestyle any time of the year. Her favorite activities are running, road or mountain biking, rock climbing or mountaineering in the summer, then skate-skiing, ski touring, ice climbing or downhill skiing in the winter.
For a few years now, Nathalie is a dual Swiss and Canadian citizen and ACMG – Association of Canadian Mountain Guides Hiking and Via Ferrata Guide.
Nathalie loves giving back to the community by instructing and mentoring trip leaders and assistant hiking guides, going on trips with friends, family or guests, travelling abroad, playing or listening to music or audio books, gardening and eating healthy food.. dark chocolate being one her favorites.
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity. ― John Muir
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ― John Muir
Offering Memorable Hiking, Backpacking & Trekking Trips by Certified Guides.
ACMG – Association of Canadian Mountain Guides – Hiking Guide since 2020
ACMG – Association of Canadian Mountain Guides – Winter Travel since 2019
IGA – Interpretive Guide Association – Apprentice Interpreter, Member since 2015
80 HR Advanced Adventure Medic & Wilderness First Responder with CPR/AED training since 2014. Re-certification every 3 years.
CAA – Canadian Avalanche Association – Avalanche Operations Level 1 since 2018
Avalanche Canada AST 2 – Avalanche Skills Training level 2 since 2012 & 2014
Nathalie is a certified ACMG Hiking Guide and member of the ACMG, the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. All training and exams take place off-trail and in the remote Canadian mountain wilderness to insure a high level of competency and client care no matter the settings.
We are members of the ACMG, the professional association of trained and certified Mountain Guides, Hiking Guides and Climbing Instructors dedicated to protecting public safety and enjoyment in climbing, skiing and hiking adventures.
Nathalie is a member of The Interpretive Guides Association which has for mission to inspire people through interpretation to discover and care for the natural and cultural environments throughout the world.
Nathalie is a long-time active member, trip leader and mentor of the ACC – Alpine Club Canada – Calgary section. The ACC is a not-for-profit volunteer group, dedicated to self-propelled mountain activities who strives to build and support a thriving mountain community and all associated activities. ACC members backcountry ski, rock climb, ice climb, hike, scramble, mountaineer, train, tell stories and take pictures. If it involves the mountains, ACC members are interested.
Nathalie is certified in wilderness first aid every 3 years. Slipstream Wilderness First Aid, founded in 1990, is an industry-leading Wilderness First Aid training organization, expanding services across BC, Alberta, Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Japan. Wilderness First Aid certification provides the tools necessary to make critical medical & evacuation decisions and the ability to implement long-term care and stabilization until medical help arrives.
Nathalie is a new affiliate member of the BLBCA, a member directed association of privately-owned lodges located in the major mountain ranges of British Columbia, Canada. She is looking forward to collaborating with BLBCA members and taking her guests to all amazing places offered by them.