Mountains are my life and my passion

SüdtiroAlpine Guide Matthias Hofer of Villandro, South Tyrol

ABOUT ME

I was born in Bressanone on 7 December 1970. I grew up in Villandro, a small town with a population of 1800, and I have spent my childhood summers in a mountain pasture located 2000 m a.s.l. offering a 360° panoramic view of the mountains of South Tyrol, working as a shepherd.

I have been in love with the mountains since a young man. I started dedicating my time to them first as a ski tourer and then declining mountaineering in all of its forms.

In addition to countless climbs, North face ascents, high altitude excursions, ice climbs and ski-touring outings, I have also climbed the Aconcagua (6,962 m) in South America, the Damavand (5,610 m) in Iran and the Kasbek (5,033 m) in Georgia.

In 2017, I was the first man to climb, together with a client, a 6,029 m high peak never attempted before West of the Chearoko (6,127 m) in the Bolivian Cordillera Real.

In 2002,I became a member of the Alpine Rescue team of the Alpenverein Südtirol, and in 2009 I started studying to become an Alpine Guide. Since 2011 I have been a qualified ski and Alpine guide and since 2014 a technical Alpine Rescue instructor for the Alpenverein Südtirol, in which I have been able not only to follow many training courses throughout Europe but also to train Nepali sherpas and doctors in Nepal in mountain rescue topics.

Having attended a course for specializing in the ‘Mountaineering’ and ‘Mountain safety’ sectors in Saalfelden in the autumn of 2015, when required I act as expert in mountaineering accidents in South Tyrol.

Since 2017 I have been working as mountaineering instructor in courses for South Tyrolean ski instructors and since 2019 I have been instructor of the Ski and Mountaineering Guides of South Tyrol.

I live with my family in Villandro, in the heart of South Tyrol.  

PICTURES OF MY MOUNTAINEERING LIFE

Important milestones in my life as an enthusiastic climber and Alpine Guide:

2019

Alpine Guide, instructor of South Tyrol’s Alpine Guides

2017

I was the first man to climb, together with a client, a 6,029 m high peak never attempted before West of the Chearoko (6,127 m) in the Bolivian Cordillera Real. In the same year I also climbed the Kasbek (5,033 m a.s.l.) in Georgia..

2014

Technical instructor in Alpine Rescue for the Alpenverein Südtirol, in which I have been able not only to follow many training courses throughout Europe but also to train Nepali sherpas and doctors in Nepal in mountain rescue topics.

2011

Passed the exam for Qualified Ski and Alpine Guides

2009

Started studying to become an Alpine Guide

2008

Climbed the Damavand (5,620 m a.s.l.) in Iran 

2004

Ascent of the Aconcagua (6,962 m a.s.l.) in South America

2002

Member of the Alpine Rescue team of the Alpenverein Südtirol

MY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

MY CREED:

experience the mountains together,

enjoy precious moments,

fulfil sports goals,

return to the valley in safety!

 

That's what my name stands for! 
Matthias Hofer