The mountains are my everyday office.  Surrounded by nature, with senses heightened, I feel alive. People and communication fascinate me and I thrive in creating opportunities for experiences and adventures. The mountains however are not just about adventure; they also allow room for reflection.

I have worked with outdoor pursuits since 1999. This has culminated in me becoming an Authorised Mountain Guide (UIAGM). I guide throughout the Alps and Northern Scandinavia. My home base is in Pietarsaari, Finland where my wife and two daughters live. As well as working with my own firm (guiding and courses), I am also one of the responsible teachers for the outdoor program at Outdoor Academy. Safety, technical quality and leadership are the foundations for my work.

WORK EXPERIENCE

My career as a guide started at the Kebnekaise Mountain Station in Sweden back in 2001. It was there, during 6 very educative seasons, that I started to realise just what working with outdoor pursuits means. Between seasons I was fortunate to work at a centre for socially challenged youths. Since 2002 I have been working as an instructor at the Outdoor Academy, which is a two year occupational education within outdoor pursuits and leadership. In 2001 I started my own company which offers various outdoor courses as well as guiding. I have also worked seasonally as an instructor for NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School in both the USA and Mexico. Since 2017 I am the Vice President of the Swedish Mountain Guide Association and a member of the educational team.

INSTRUCTOR LICENSES

- International Mountain Guide ( IFMGA/UIAGM/IVBV )

- Skiing instructor (downhill and telemark)

- Climbing instructor, (Svenska klätterförbundet, SKF)

- Avalanche instructor (SLAO)

- Sea kayak instructor (NIL)

- Survival instructor

- Work coach

WORK COACHING

Communication, leadership and group dynamics interest me immensely. I am an educated work coach, able to take on group or individual assignments, as well as offering workshops and lectures. Due to my seasonal commitments I can best accommodate larger projects, requiring extended programs, during autumn and winter months.

JOSEF WESTERLUND 

Photo: Elina Sirparanta/ Halti

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