How did your career in the outdoors start?
I grew up in Germany and spent quite a bit of time walking and skiing in Switzerland when I was younger.
After a trip to Southern Africa in 2000, I started to think what else I could do in my life; at that point I was a qualified Social worker, working with adults with mental disabilities in a residential setting. Therefore, the next thing I ended up doing, whilst still working in my former job was a Postgraduate Certificate in Adventure and Experiential Paedagogy. After that I realized that I would like to work in the Outdoors, but needed to develop more skills and gain more (also personal) experience in order to be able to do it safely and well. That brought me to Australia in 2004, to do a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation in Cairns in 2005. After that I started my first job in the Outdoors, as a Group Leader for the Outdoor Education Group in Victoria, from the start of 2006 to the end of 2007. I have been working in the Outdoors since, back in Germany and Austria in between and based in the UK since 2011.