" My first experience of the mountains was snow skiing. I was 6 years old and took to it immediately, it quickly became a passion and as soon as it was possible for me ,I started doing ski seasons in the European alps, growing as a skier I became increasingly drawn to the off piste, free- riding and steep skiing, the quest for steeper, longer and less accessable runs, took me further and further away from the systems, climbing naturally followed , a necessity in reaching my goals. Pretty soon it was the back country travelling, the climbing, that became the adventure and skiing the reason, the bonus.
Technical rock climbing came as a natural re-course, as I immerced myself in it. doing little else, I discovered many of the reasons and passions I held for skiing. Motion, movement, a specific concerntration that excludes all other aspects of life. In wide open spaces , with epic views, climbing and skiing has and still takes me to some of the most exceptional places, with exceptional people.
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David Vallet qualified in 2007 as an AMGA rock guide and an AMGA alpine guide in 2009. He also holds the South African TG23 Rock Climbing, TG25 Mountain Walking and TG26 Mountaineering, mountain guide qualifications. He has guided in Europe, America, Africa and New Zealand.

Prior to mountain guiding David worked as a ski instructor in the European Alps and New Zealand, he holds the Tirolean Landerlehrer (isia) ski instructor licence. He is also a BAA paramedic, a Swiss Alpine Club summer tour leader and has worked on the Table Mountain rescue team.

David has climbed ED North Face routes in the Alps, guided the Matterhorn, skied the North Face of the Midi and opened a few climbing routes in Cape Town.

DAVID VALLET

RICHARD BEHNE

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Richard has been climbing for over 30 years,
He pioneered mountain guiding in South Africa
being the first certified MDT mountaineering instructor. He was also a part of the group that founded SAMGA (South African Mountain Guides Association)
He has climbed long, complex alpine routes in the European Alps. Pulls himself up grade 30/5.13 sport routes and has climbed rock throughout the British Peak District,
Lake District, North Wales and Southern Africa. He is responsible for many first ascents in the Southern Hemisphere
and has co-produced the definative guide book to Elsies peak and muizenburg crag.

 

Presently working on a project up Country. Richard is able to offer guiding, North of the Vaal River & the Johannesburg Area.