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Who is behind Firngrat

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.

Tour reports

Zufallhütte, 20.-25.03.2016

The spaciousness of the Ortler-Cevedale Group.

Ice climbing course I, Pitztal, Jan 4th-6th 2018

Thanks to the cold in December, the Pitztal icefalls were able to build up very well and withstood the heat surge at the beginning of 2018. The Lubisbodenfall in Stillebach, the Kitzgartenschlucht at Wiese and last but not least the Fallebachfall…

August 3rd 2019: Salbitschijen South Ridge

It is a logical line that leads over the south ridge on the 2981 m high Salbitschijen in Uri Land. In about 20 pitches you climb the imposing granite obelisk, taking advantage of splendid cracks and dihedrals, climbing over rough slabs, proceeding…

July 28th to 31st 2019: Granite Climbing - Pizzo Badile Northeast Face

So powerful, aloof and smooth, it appears to the viewer: the northeast face of Pizzo Badile in Bergell. It is all the more astonishing that the first-time climbers have found their way through this seemingly unstructured bulwark of compact granite.…

March 17th-22nd 2019, Dolomites Haute Route

In this classic across the "fairy tale landscape", which was not marked by snow at the time of the tour, the "weather god" gave us 30 cm finest "champagne powder" just at the right moment (namely on the first day of the tour). The white splendor…

April 7th-13th 2019, Classic Haute Route

Once again from Chamonix to Zermatt - I have often been able to accompany clients from the Mont Blanc Group into the heart of the Valais Alps. It never becomes routine; on the contrary, conditions change, mountains change their face - it is…

April 14th-20th 2019, On Backcountry Skis across the Dauphine

Incredible weather luck we had at this year's Dauphine crossing. Both ascents and descents are steep and demanding. The firn is a must here, because if the snow is too hard, many downhills are almost impossible. Also too much snow is suboptimal;…

Weisshorn North-Ridge, July 31st 2018

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…

Matterhorn, 5th of August 2018

Once again a beautiful summit experience with a happy guest on the Matterhorn. The pictures speak for themselves.

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