About N.A.T.’s Founder
Nathalie came to Western Canada from her native Switzerland for the first time as a nanny when she was young and fell in love with the people here – their humor and kindness – the pace of life and what seemed to be a country with limitless opportunities. She came to visit every 3 years or so before deciding to emigrate and actually doing so in 2008.
By then besides following a career in the office world, she had always been sportively active and was finding balance in running (Nat’s ran 4 marathons) and mountain biking in the summer and skate-skiing in the Jura mountains and in ski-touring the Alps in the winter. After arriving in Western Canada she got in touch with the ACC – Alpine Club Canada – Calgary section to meet people who would help her discover the Canadian Rockies.
Fast forward to 2019 when Nathalie is now Canadian citizen (dual Swiss-Canadian citizen), an ACMG – Association of Canadian Mountain Guides – Hiking Guide with over 10 years’ experience as a volunteer leading back-country trips for the ACC Calgary section. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Eric Brooks Leader Award – alongside her husband! – and in 2019 the Silver Rope for Leadership Award. Nathalie loves giving back to the community by mentoring young women to become trip leaders and pursues her outdoorsy, multi-sports lifestyle any time of the year: in the summer you will find her mountain or road biking, hiking or backpacking, rock climbing or mountaineering. In the winter, you can find her cross-country or skate skiing, ski touring or ice climbing.. all of this with her active husband, friends or ACC members.
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 Sightseeing Tours 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 & 2017. 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.