Alps Adventures 
                                    “. . . Altitude without the Attitude”

Robert Farwell

Based in the French and Swiss  Alps since 1998, Robert started his hiking guide career as a summer British Mountain Leader, and finished his International Mountain Leader qualification in the two-year strict French Accompagnateur en Montagne system.

He spent several winters working as a ski guide for a German company in Banff Canada, and now spends his winters teaching skiing for Evolution 2 in Chamonix.

He speaks English, French and German and is happy to work with you to organize your single or multi-day adventures in the mountains.


  1. -International Mountain Leader (UIMLA)

  2. -BASI International Ski Teacher (ISIA)

  3. -Canadian Avalanche Association Level I Technician

Contact Details

Rob and Gen Farwell

Alps Adventures

Chamonix, France

+33 662 00 71 04 - Rob

+33 662 15 02 02 - Gen

+33 450 53 93 70 - Office

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Genyphyr Novak-Farwell

Based in Chamonix since 2001, Genyphyr spends part of her time as a technical iSeries systems analyst, and part of her time climbing, trail running and skiing as well as managing the apartment, this website, and doing photography.

She has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked for various newspapers and magazines in Chicago as a photographer and writer. She has been published in several books and a selection of her shots are available on Getty Images.

She worked on the iSeries operating system for IBM, and has solved technical systems issues for clients such as L’Oreal, Heinz and United Distillers. She is the co-author of two IBM Redbooks.

She prefers the mountains to a keyboard on any given day.


As a British and French-trained international mountain leader, Robert is able to do more than just help you find your way around the mountains, plan your hikes in regard to timing and weather constraints and keep your group safe.

He has a strong knowledge of the local history, geography, and the flora and fauna of each region he hikes in and is happy to stop along the way and tell you about any of these things.

His extensive experience on the alpine trails in several countries and in guiding groups from the very young to the very old enables him to work with you to plan the best possible outing for all members of your group.

His ability to communicate in several languages and knowledge of local customs gained from residing in many countries over the years helps to get you the best possible service and treatment when staying in mountain refuges and hotels.

In France and many other European countries the law requires that anyone leading a hiking group in the mountains for a fee must have a UIMLA or UIAGM qualification. Be certain to ask other organizations offering guided hikes if their guides are fully qualified for the countries you will be hiking in before booking your holiday.


Why use an International Mountain Leader for your hike ?

Since 2001 I’ve been based in Chamonix in the French Alps, having spent the 8 years prior to this travelling various mountain ranges around the world in both hemispheres.

I have a keen interest in the mountain environment and its protection and conservation. This is a difficult balance to achieve with the human and other natural interests to take into account.

It would be my pleasure to show you some of the unique sights around Mont Blanc or travel further afield to the Swiss Alps and Bernese Oberland. These areas have rich human history as well as the possibility to see rare and protected flora and fauna.

A Message from Robert . . .