Rohan Harrogate Lectures – November 3rd
Gill Richardson and Andreas Helmer Climb Ev’ry Mountain
In 2002 Andi left his native Carinthia to work as a Ski and Snowboard Instructor in Tirol in order to improve his skiing, after 8 years of snowboarding from the age of twelve. Having completed successful mountaineering expeditions to Peru and Nepal he had set his sights on becoming a Mountain Guide and wanted to ensure his acceptance on to the highly competitive Mountain Guide course. He qualified in 2004 and has worked as a full-time Guide ever since.
Mountain Guide & Walking Guide
This internationally recognised qualification takes 2 years to complete and involves courses in disciplines such as rock climbing, avalanche awareness, ice climbing, ski touring, high altitude glacier tours plus safety and rescue techniques. Each course finishes with an exam before progressing to the next stage. Sally, Andi’s wife and business partner is a Walking Guide, leading Alpine hikes in the summer and snow shoe walks during the winter.
For the first few years after he qualified Andi worked as a self-employed guide, sometimes working for other companies, as well as establishing a good client base of his own. For the past three years we have worked together managing the Mountaineering Company, and this is going from strength to strength. In fact the company has grown by 20% each year for the past three years.
As mentioned previously, our customers come from all over the world – Germany, Holland, Israel, America, Canada, Norway, Poland, Denmark, Britain, Belgian… They find us via the internet, classic advertising and very often, word of mouth.
Business has been very good, despite the economic crisis affecting many other areas of business and tourism. Andi is generally booked up with both new and returning guests throughout the season and so we have a carefully selected team of young, like-minded guides who lead tours and courses for us.
The winter season leads straight into the summer season – from ski touring to hiking, via ferrata & climbing. November and December are our quiet months and this off-season time is used for administrative purposes. We are busy for 10 months and we have guests with us or one of our guides for a total of around 1400 days per year.
We offer both practical training programs and classic guided tours as well as the opportunity to explore new terrain and this in a full range of mountain sports – hiking, glacier treks, rock & ice climbing, snow shoe walking, skiing and snowboarding. We have customers of all ages, mixed abilities and many nationalities.
Flexibility is very important and we try to adapt to the individual requirements of our customers and to the ever-changing mountain conditions and weather, thereby ensuring safe, enjoyable and challenging tours. We always aim to make the most of the mountains.
November 3rd Gill Richardson and Andres Helmer Climb Ev’ry Mountain
All Rohan Harrogate Lectures are free but spaces are limited, to reserve your place please give us a call and we will take your details. The series of lectures will be held at Rohan, 21 Station Square, Harrogate, HG1 1SY, 01423 508766. The doors will be open from 6.00pm and the talks will start at 7.00pm drinks and nibbles will be provided.
Although the lectures are free, donations to Yorkshire Air Ambulance would be appreciated on the night and any money raised through the season will be matched by Rohan up to a maximum of £1500. There will be 15% off all purchases on the lecture evenings, although as it is going to be really busy it would be better to phone ahead and get the stuff you want set aside so you are not attempting to try things on during the good bit of the talk!
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