5 MINS WITH MARIO

So, what’s your name and where are you from?
Mario Heller, from Winikon near Lucerne.

How long have you been at Outdoor Interlaken?
I started working at the Seilpark in 2012.

Where do you call home these days?
Interlaken

Where else have you worked in the last five years?
I’ve worked as a Canyoning Guide and Bungy Jumping Instructor in Ticino and as a Canyoning Guide in Queenstown, New Zealand.

What languages do you speak?
German, English and the Lucerne dialect from my hometown.

How did you become a guide?
I travelled through New Zealand and went on a Canyoning trip with canyoning.co.nz in Queenstown. After that trip, I knew that Canyoning is what I wanted to do for my living. Back in Switzerland, I did the guide license course and a year later I got the opportunity to work for the company where I first encountered Canyoning.

What is the worst job you ever had and how long did you stick it out?
I’m a trained carpenter and the worst job was always insulating roofs. Glad I don’t have to do this anymore.

What are your top 3 holiday destinations and why?
-         New Zealand for the Canyoning

-         Australia for diving and surfing

-         Hawaii for surfing and hiking

What, in your opinion, is so special about Interlaken?
The international touch makes it a unique place and of course, it’s a great playground for all extremes sports.

Apart from working for Outdoor Interlaken, what is your favourite thing to do in Switzerland?
Rock Climbing!

Have you ever had someone famous on your trip?
Yes, Swiss singer Fabienne Louves.

What is the most memorable expedition you have made?
Scott’s Creek, 9 ½ hrs of Canyoning in the New Zealand wilderness.

What do you love most about your job?
The fun and friendly people I get to meet every day!

Thanks for your time, what are you off to do now?
I have to pack my gear, I’ll head down to Ticino tomorrow for my Canyoning Level II guide course.

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