Upcoming Trips

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Southern France - April and October 2020

This trip will take us first to the Cathar Land and its wonderfull cities (Carcassonne!) and its gorgeus Castles. Then we will see the wild coast close to the Spanish border, followed by white beaches and horses in La Camargue. Passing a Roman Amphitheatre, our last stop will be then a NP with its picturesque hill-villages surrounded by the typical Lawendel colors of the Provence and wild-romantic gorges.

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Dolomites and Austria - June & September '20

Where dramatic rock cliffs and majestic peaks meet enchanting, picturesque villages - the Dolomites is a region of contrasts. The local Ladin population have clung to their proud agricultural and craft heritage despite the pressures of modern life. During World War I, the Dolomites were the theater of fierce battles between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies, and the scars are still visible. Today the region is famous for its winter sports resorts such as Cortina Ampezzo and Val Gardena which host World Cup skiing races every year.

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Northern Spain - Fall 2020

Imagine breathtaking views of mountains falling into the ocean. Go eagle-watching on some of the range's highest peaks, and enjoy a glass of wine on a sandy beach a couple of hours later. The Mountains of Northern Spain offer a unique range of natural, cultural and gastronomic experiences. From the Altamira caves and their amazing Upper Paleolithic paintings to the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela, Northern Spain is one of the best kept secrets in Western Europe.

Meet the Team

Like many great adventures, Wandermeister started from a chance encounter. David Gerstel met a group of hikers from Colorado looking for a guide to lead them through the mountains of Liechtenstein. David's knowledge of the area and his infectious enthusiasm for the mountains rubbed off on everyone in the group. The excursion was a great success. Wandermeister was born. Originally from the Czech Republic, David grew up in Vorarlberg where he developed his passion and great respect for all things alpine. A professional ski instructor, David heads up all our hiking expedition activities all year round. Born and bred in Tyrol, David's wife Julia is a mountaineer by nature. Today this trained school psychologist is a central figure in Wandermeister activities. Julia's patient and cheerful nature makes her a very popular guide in all our trips.

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David's brother Erik built up a wealth of experience in the harsh local conditions of Vorarlberg by climbing all the 9,000+ ft summits. Erik's passion for mountaineering has also taken him to the top of Dachstein and further afield to the Julian Alps of Slovenia.

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Born in Vorarlberg, Hannes now lives in Innsbruck where he teaches mathematics. A passionate mountaineer and mushroom picker, Hannes has all the Tyrolean 9,000+ ft peaks under his belt. Hannes' love for travel has also taken him to the top of Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and Popocatepetl (Mexico).

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A central figure in the Czech climbing scene in the seventies, David's father Petr fled communist Czechoslovakia with his family in 1982 and established in Feldkirch where he now teaches psychology, philosophy and sport. With major Alpine summits to his credit - including Mont Blanc - Petr brings years of mountaineering experience across the Alps and the Tatras to the team.

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Eva started climbing in 1966 in and around Czechoslovakia. Back then this daredevil would climb technical sandstone ascents with just a rope around her waist. Today Eva teaches sport in Feldkirch and likes to take things a bit more leisurely. A great hostess by nature, she ensures the group is well looked after.

Tour Operator - Wandermeister David Gerstel * Malbun 11 - FL-9497 Malbun - Liechtenstein