Over the last few years we spent all of our time together doing several outdoor activities such as climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, canyoning and other adventure sports. In these extreme sports, you build up a very strong relationship as you have to rely and trust on your partner all the time.
Sharing the same enthusiasm for the outdoors, we decided to make work our passion by starting Happy Tracks. We believe that our combination of a close friendship, an extreme passion and a wide knowledge makes us the perfect team! Participating on a guided tour is more than just walking. We love to give you an authentic experience, sharing our knowledge about local culture and habits, surrounding mountains and secret stories.
International Mountain Leaders and qualified Tiroler Schluchentführer (canyoning guide)
They are both qualified international mountain leaders (IML). For this qualification they successfully completed both a winter as well as a summer mountain leadership course at the Bergwanderführerverband Steiermark in Austria.
Anja completed sucessfully the course to become an international qualified canyoning guide provided by the Tiroler Schluchtenführer.
What is an international mountain leader (IML)?
An international mountain leader is legally qualified to lead groups in a mountainous environment all over the world in winter and summer. An IML is able to guide everywhere on foot or on snowshoes where no complex mountaineering skills are required. To obtain this qualification candidates require an outdoor first aid certificate as well as basic mountain rescue training. An IML has also an extensive knowledge about the mountain environment, e.g. flora, fauna and geology.
After graduating as a tourism manager in the UK, Anja has been working all over the world. She explored many different countries and cultures, whilst working as a volunteer in Cameroon.
From running a coffee shop in Thailand, guiding jungle tours in Bolivia to volunteering in development aid, Anja did almost everything. During her journeys she learned also many different languages. As a Bavarian globetrotter she speaks fluent German, English, Spanish and French.
After working as a hiking and via ferrata guide in the beautiful Italian Dolomites, she decided to start a career in the outdoor industry.
She got addictive to mountaineering after climbing her first 6000 meter peak in South America. Whilst spending over a year in the heart of the Alps in Zermatt, she gained a lot of experience during climbing some of the most famous 4000 meter peaks in winter as in the summer.
Grown up in a small mountain village in Switzerland, Raphael has been exploring the mountains from his childhood on. With the age of 16 he was already leading groups for the Swiss Alpine Club, taking people climbing, skiing and hiking. He is a great all-rounder with an intense knowledge.
After school Raphi got offered a great job position in a big distribution company. After have been working there for five years he decided to quit his job as he realized that a career indoors would simply not fulfill him.
For Raphi mountains are not just a hobby, but the most amazing lifestyle he could imagine!