Outdoorlab - Mountain Crew
We offer guiding service in the Alps and outside Europe with very high guiding standards. Our professional mountain
guides are UIAGM/IFMGA certified guides. We give special attention to details in order to offer
you a remarkable and safe climbing experience. Outdoorlab was born in 2005 at instigation of Alberto Ieralla, professional
mountain guide (UIAGM/IFMGA certified). Based in Italy, in the Eastern Alps, Outdoorlab will be happy to assist you with its
unique expertise and guide you in the entire Alps, from the Italian Julian Alps near the borders of Slovenia and Austria to
the Western Alps in France, but also towards other horizons such as Africa or Asia.
Alberto Ieralla, internationally certified Guide UIAGM/IFMGA is the director and founder of Outdoorlab. After graduating in economics he worked for several years in the financial world and then decided to take up work as a mountain guide for passion. During his life he has climbed all the main massifs of the Alps: Italy, Austria, Slovenia, France, Switzerland, with an outstanding technical level in rock&ice climbing and freeride descents. Alberto has been planning successful trips in all those areas for mountaineering as well as climbing or ski-touring. He lives between the Dolomites and Chamonix. Speaks Italian, English, German.
Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagnes (UIAGM) , or The International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) in English, a world wide association, founded by guides from Austria, France, Switzerland and Italy, exists since 1965 and currently regroups mountain guide associations from more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania, representing a total of almost 6.000 guides.
Highly competent guides with a high level of training, the highest in existence, is required in four different disciplines in order to become a certified IFMGA mountain guide: rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and ski mountaineering.
IFMGA training gives a guide the ability to work on any mountain range whether they already know the mountain or not. It takes five to 10 years to become a mountain guide, from the moment they start serious mountaineering to the moment when they receive their guide diploma. Proper training guarantees an international standard. The Technical Commission at the IFMGA looks to its permanent working party in order to study the evolution of techniques and how to improve the level of guide training. This commission, made up of national technical heads, meets twice a year. Guides are trained via the training schemes dispensed by their national associations, sometimes in collaboration with an organisation such as a school or university.