I’ve always loved “playing outside”. In elementary school, I excelled at clock reading because I was finally learning a skill that helped me know when I could go play in the woods and fields again. After some time in the military and working as a high school teacher for some years, I decided to take the plunge and make adventure guiding my full occupation. Through this webpage I’d like to share adventures, tips & tricks and invite you to join me!
“Every day holds infinite possibilities. The sheer number of experiences we could have are uncountable, but most of the time we live trapped in loops. Reliving a few days over and over. We envision only a handful of paths laid out ahead of us. We see the same things each day. We respond the same way. We think the same thoughts. Each day a slight variation on the last.
I wish to escape that cycle by living a life where we can use our full physical prowess and apply all our mental creativity in interaction with our natural habitat. The outdoors…”
I hope you find something to help you take the next step!
Dieter Van Holder (1985)
Guide at Icelandic Mountain Guides
UIAA Instructor Mountain Walking & Trekking
UIAA Instructor Winter Mountain Walking & Snowshoeing (Swiss standard Winter Trekking 4)
NOLS Wilderness First Responder
AIMG Jökla 2 (Association of Icelandic Mountain Guides hard ice guiding standard)
AIMG Fjalla I (Association of Icelandic Mountain Guides snow covered glacier and summit guiding standard)
BLOSO – Vlaamse Trainerschool Instructeur B / Trainer B
Bachelor in Secondary Education Dutch – English – Geography
Ex-NCO (sergeant) Belgian military
Experience in Eastern Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Wales, Alps, Pyrenees, and most European middle mountain ranges.