I was born in the Netherlands in 1984. When I was 18 years old I left the Netherlands to study Physical Therapy in Ghent, Belgium. During this time I discovered the beauty of the mountains when I did my first multi-day mountain hike around Mont Blanc with two friends. When I finished studying I decided to live in Guatemala and worked as a volunteer in a project for children with disabilities. Most of my free time was spent climbing volcanoes! After two years working as a physical therapist in Belgium I went back to Guatemala for two more years – and kept on climbing volcanoes. I had the chance to climb the highest peaks in Mexico as well. In Nicaragua I ran my first 100km trail running race and since then I just love trail running. I’ve lived in Switzerland for 9 years, and I still love to spend most of my time in the mountains.
Besides my work as an International Mountain Leader, I work in my physical therapy clinic, mostly during the winter.
I go into the mountains! In summer I love to run, climb, bike, hike or mountaineer. In winter I can be found cross country skiing or ski touring. On most of these tours my lovely dog accompanies me.
My dog has climbed two 4000m Alpine Summits. He is a real mountain dog!
It’s so hard to choose! I love running in the Alps in general, especially when there are ridgelines in it. I guess I would say around Zermatt, where you have the best views of the majestic Matterhorn. This mountain still impresses me, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.