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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.




Petr Gerstel

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.


Eva Gerstel

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.


Erik Gerstel

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.


Hannes Sucher

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).



Silvia Breuss

Silvia, like Hannes born in Vorarlberg, has climbed mountains with her family even before she went to school. Now a graduated philosopher based in Vienna, she periodically seeks the truth on lush mountain pastures in Lower Austria.


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