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.
- ACMG – Association of Canadian Mountain Guides – Hiking Guide since 2020
- ACMG – Association of Canadian Mountain Guides – Winter Travel since 2019
- ACMG Apprentice Hiking Guide since 2016
- 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
“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
“Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.” – Simon Sinek
best-selling author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last
“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