Welcome to Firngrat.com
– Mountain Experience, Custom-Made
My name is Michael Schuh. I was born 1971 and I live in Tirol, Austria.
More about me.
I grew up in a Tirol valley and I have looked up at the mountains from early childhood on. My fascination with steep walls and high peaks has been growing ever since… One day in my college years I decided to go beyond climbing as a past time and to make a living from mountaineering.
Company Philosophy and Foundation
In 1997 I received my degree as „Staatlich geprüfter Berg- und Skiführer und Schneesportlehrer“ – or – “State approved Mountain- and Ski Guide and Snow Sport Instructor“. In Austria alpine tourism is such an important part of the local economy, that the government decided very early to create national standards for mountain guides and their education. These standards are known as the best in the world. Austrian mountain guides have since been seen on all mountains in the world guiding the toughest expeditions with the highest success rates and safety records.
From the beginning I had the plan to create my own small independent guiding business. One day in summer 2007 – I was guiding a group of customers along the wonderfully rolling ridge of the Lyskamm in the Swiss Wallis Alps – the idea struck me: Firngrat – or Firn Ridge – that shall be the name of my company. Small but high end. In 2008 I founded the alpine school Firngrat together with a very select group of my most trusted guiding companions.
I love my job, the mountains and nature. It has been always my goal to offer my customers a very special experience. That doesn’t have to be the extreme. You – my customers (we Austrian guides refer to you as Gast or guest) – shall be at ease with me. I want you to feel safe and to experience unforgettable adventures with me. Adventures which create lasting memories giving you power and energy for your day to day life back home.
On this website I offer a small but fine program. We can go back country skiing, free riding, climbing in rock and ice, classical mountain climbing and a lot more. Most of my time I am guiding in the European Alps with some excursions to select mountains worldwide. Every year I schedule a summer and a winter program for small groups that often sell out quickly.
I also love to customize a tour especially for you. You always wanted to climb Großglockner via YOUR particular ridge? Climb YOUR wall in the Dolomites? Climb Piz Bernina via the Biancograt (Bianco ridge)? Traverse the Matterhorn, climb the Weisshorn or get on top of Mont Blanc? I will organize your special tour and lead you to your dreams. Please send me your ideas and I will work to make them happen.
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What a mountain! The line of the north ridge, which can hardly be surpassed in boldness and elegance, runs razor-sharp to its highest point. An opportunity to climb this line is not very often; only when the rocks are clear of snow, but the…
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Once again a beautiful summit experience with a happy guest on the Matterhorn. The pictures speak for themselves.
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For me it was the first time that I had the opportunity to take a tour in this corner of the Bernese Oberland. The landscape off the well-known Bernese peaks inspired me: daring, glacier-covered Limestone-3000ers, which surround the beautiful…
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The moment you enter the Col Mont Maudit, you see it: the immaculate white mountain, above it nothing but a deep blue sky with an infinitely wide, green land at your feet … I thought at that moment that I have never seen anything better on…
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At the beginning of the summer season 2018, thanks to the goodwill of the weather god, I led these three beautiful tours in my native Tyrol: Vordere Sonnenwand, 3159 m, in the Stubai Alps: This beautiful peak flanks the left side of the Gleirschtal…
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Actually, it is already summer end of May, at least in the valley: it is warm, frankly hot, then humid and thundery. Nevertheless, my guest and I had fixed this time window for more than a month to wrest the North wall of the highest mountain…
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Stable weather and good snow conditions enabled us to climb this impressive line in the northeast face of the Courtes in the cirque of Argentiere.
technique, condition and sure-footedness: