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Urs Baumgartner

Urs Baumgartner
Flims Waldhaus, Switzerland

IFMGA Mountain Guide

A bit about me

I grew up in the Bernese Oberland, surrounded by many gorgeous mountain peaks. At a young age, the mountains became my favorite playground. First came ski touring and rock climbing in the summer, then later trail running became my favorite summer activity.

In fall 2018, I moved to Flims, a beautiful mountain village in Graubünden in the eastern part of Switzerland. Right away Graubünden became my favorite region for trail running, offering flowing trails through mountain meadows and forests, but also rocky trails and glaciers. It’s a real playground for a running mountain guide!

Trail running background

I have always loved spending time in the mountains and exploring areas. Trail running became my passion after I had a tumor diagnosed and had to get fit again after two surgeries and a long recovery. I spent more and more time on trails, running through the mountains. The second year after the tumor, I started competing in trail races and marathons. After finishing a city marathon as well as a mountain marathon, I was wondering how far I was really able to run. That was the beginning of my ultra running career. I have since competed in races with distances between 50 and 101 km. In the past two years I haven’t competed as much, as I’d rather just run up alpine mountain peaks and combine my mountain guide skills with trail running fitness.



Why I love guiding

Running in the mountains is pure freedom. Being outside and experiencing beautiful trails in the mountains gives me so much joy. I love to share my passion and experience with like-minded runners in trail run camps and workshops, as well as on private guided tours.

Guide website
Guide website
Region coverage
Berner Oberland
German-speaking Valais
Independent guide fee
Urs Baumgartner running in Hasliberg

Urs Baumgartner, trail running guide in Hasliberg, Bernese Oberland

Urs Baumgartner with red jacket running on a single trail at the Grimselpass above a lake and clouds

Urs Baumgartner, trail running at the Grimselpass, Switzerland

Urs Baumgartner in shorts and with sunglasses on a grassy trail

Urs Baumgartner, trail running guide on the Hardergrat, Bernese Oberland

Urs Baumgartner with red jacket at a single trail at the Grimselpass

Urs Baumgartner, trail running guide at the Grimselpass, Switzerland


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