Meet Your Guide: Yves Bertrand

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Our TMB treks are heading out very soon! This time, we’re getting to know Yves BERTRAND.

What’s your name?

Yves Bertrand

Do you have any nicknames?

Not really. Just call me Yves.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am 67 years old. I have four children two grand children, who make me very proud. I am an accredited International Mountain Leader, skiing instructor and a mountain biking instructor and work mainly in the French Alps.

I have professionally guided over 40 groups on and around Tour du Mont Blanc. One of my best friends operates a refuge on the tour and I can’t wait for you to meet them. I have been leading groups since I was 36 years old – a late starter some may say but I love it just as much.

Places that I have guided groups include:

  • Europe : Vanoise, Mont Blanc, Mercantour, Queyras Chamonix-Zermatt, Grand Paradis. 
  • World : USA, Canada, China, Morocco, Chile, Peru, Nepal, Tibet, Kilimanjaro (Tanzania).

I also love climbing mountains and have summited Mont Blanc 12 times. However, one of my favourite climbs was Free Blast on El Capitan.

I have been vice-president of Megeve Guiding Union for 12 years and I am member of the ESF of Megeve for the past 30 years.

While I was starting out as a professional guide and doing my accreditations, I was a flight attendant on the long flights for Air France and finished my career as the Chief Purser.

One of the most amazing events that I worked on was for Rhone Alpes region at World Expo in Shanghai in 2010, organizing a 15 days event on mountain and tourism in Rhône Alpes.

What are your hobbies?

I love all sports and discovering new things, which include new places around the world. I also love climbing photography, playing the drums and meeting new people.

Yves Bertrand - Adventure Abroad Tour du Mont Blanc guide
How long have you been a guide?

For the past 36 years 🙂

Why did you decide to become a guide?

When I was 1 year old, my parents move to Chamonix and I used to go out into the fields with them. I never really looked back and thought about doing too many other things.

What’s your favorite thing about guiding treks?

I think it’s special to be able to share your experiences with others, be part of their journey and helping others discover new things – it forms an incredible bond. It has been so useful to me, as I already have a friend to catch up with when I visit their country.

What’s the craziest thing that’s happened on a trek?

To be honest, there have been so many that it’s hard to pinpoint one specific thing. I have climbed and been on some pretty crazy adventures that I would be more than happy to share with our guests over a meal on the tour.

[Well, we’re happy that you’re still here to tell us the stories! – AA Team]

Yves Bertrand - Adventure Abroad Tour du Mont Blanc guide
What do you think is a quality that every good guide needs?

There are a few different qualities guides require, because every group is so different. You cannot go into an expedition with the same expectations as the last one, good or bad – it’s a new start. However, I believe that safety has to always remain the number 1 priority of any group that you are looking after. It’s important to listen to everyone in the group and understand that everyone is doing their best, which can require patience. I always try to help guests with insightful knowledge of the area and hints plus tips about hiking and mountain climbing depending on the expedition.

With all this said, as guides we must remember that the guests are on a holiday and it’s our job to make it as comfortable for them humanly as possible.

Tell us something fun about your treks!

You will have to come and try one for yourself with Adventure Abroad. We never leave any stone unturned, which is probably why I end up sleeping for many days at the end of the trips 🙂

Anything else you want us to know about you?

There is going to be a lot of time to find out everything there is to know about me.

Lastly, what tip can you give our trekkers heading your way?

Take your time and enjoy the nature. We are there to have a good time with one another and get through the trek safely.

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