When joining us, you trust us with your valuable time, your physical safety and psychological integrity. We take this very seriously! This is why we make the conscious choice to work exclusively with experienced guides holding certifications. Most travel companies will never mention qualifications, because more often than not, they have none. We don’t make it easy on ourselves, because we choose quality over quantity.
A guide is first and foremost a person with a broad personal experience. This experience is a prerequisite to be allowed to start multi-year courses. During the curriculum, aspirants are trained and tested on a wide range of – among others – technical skills, environmental knowledge, sports physiology, risk managment and group managment. A certified guide has proven to meet internationally agreed upon standards, that have been brought into existence to protect guests hiring guided services. The guide’s decision making process is the basis of enjoyable and safe experiences in remote areas! More and more countries are writing guiding and sports instructorship, making qualifications a legal requirement. We applaud this development.
Dieter has been leading or teaching in one form or the other for the last decade. As soon as he graduated college with a bachelor degree in pedagogics and geography, he volunteered for the Belgian armed forces where he was trained as a non-commisioned officer in the infantry. Eventually he took up guiding full-time and became a glacier & wilderness guide in Iceland and Greenland where he spent years guiding on hard ice, glaciated summits and wilderness areas both winter and summer. Dieter is specialized in the Alps and Iceland. Dieter founded D.o.T out of passion for pure trekking adventures where the style is not to "lead from the front", but to enable a memorable experience.
Rebecca is a highly competent trekking and climbing guide who has experience leading trips throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Throughout the year she splits her time between Scotland and Chamonix France, always hunting for epic climbs and ski runs. Rebecca also coaches corporate personal development programmes and adventure therapy expeditions for people in underprivileged circumstances. Most of all Rebecca is an authentic guide who loves to share her passion for mountains and wild places. Her groups enjoy her friendly and warm personality that is continually striving for each individual to get more than they thought they could out of every trips she leads.
Alex is a podium finishing ultra runner and author of multiple guidebooks. While mostly leading groups on walking trips all over the UK, from the Devon coast right up to the Highlands of Scotland in winter, Alex has led young people on expeditions to the Himalaya, Tanzania, Southern India, Zambia and Oman. With a MSc in Conservation and Forest Protection - and a BSc in Biology, few other guides we know can share as much about life in hostile environments, while also keeping up on all day trail running epics! While studying for his degree in Biology and Masters in Conservation he was also involved in two expeditions to the Borneo rainforest, and led an expedition to Svalbard.
For almost two decades, Melina has brought her infectious enthusiasm and wealth of travel experience to enliven the journey for travelers. As client liaison for the company today, she is the first point of contact for all travellers and suppliers. Her passion for travel started when she studied Italian language and culture in Siena, Italy on a study abroad program. From there, she moved to Scotland, Spain, Ireland and currently lives in Toronto. After leading student, cultural and cycling programs, she became increasingly passionate about the unique nature of mountain- and wilderness adventures. There's always a high chance of having her with us out in the wilds!
Everyone knows something you don't! We count ourselves fortunate to be part of a worldwide network of wonderful and highly skilled individuals we can call on. Whether we need an extra guide, someone with a very specialized skill or specific local knowledge, we're probably only one person separated from the answer to a question. We try to work with locals and within the local economy whenever possible. We value our relationships with the people we work with and aim to build healthy cooperations. Our team is nothing without our guests and peers.
The rune “Naudhiz” symbolizes the imbalance between what we have, and what we need. We are forced to self-reflection by discomforts that appear during our interaction with our world. What might seem negative at first, is also the driving force behind inner growth and what drives us to dig deeper, to look further.
Why do we go into deserts and mountains? The answer is different for all of us. What we find is more often withing ourselves. Silence, resilience, suppressed instincts come alive. A strength you didn’t know you have. Independence, friendship… We can’t tell you “why”. But we can do our best to show you “what”.