Stephan grew up in Austria. Originally wanting to work in sustainable development, Stephan started leading backpacking trips with youth during college and fell in love with it so much he changed plans. Now a days Stephan works as an instructor on backpacking, skiing and climbing trips and he gets a kick out of helping others become better at doing the things they love. Stephan hopes that by enabling others to discover and fall in love with the great outdoors – he also inspire in them to protect these places in their day-to-day life. In the end, he’d argues, he works on sustainable development after all! When he doesn’t guide or teach, Stephan spends most of his time ski touring, hiking and climbing in the mountains around his home in western Austria.