To become a mid-mountain guide, you have to pass a state-registered diploma, and to get accepted on the training course, you have to pass a probationary exam that consists of orienteering and a multiple-choice questionnaire on eight subjects (fauna, flora, ecology, meteorology, etc.).
The exam is very demanding, you really have to prepare for it beforehand, before sitting it and hoping to pass!
Before you can sign up, you have to present a list of 30 hikes (with various criteria), which has to be examined and approved by a jury. Mine has been accepted, I’ve been invited to the probationary exam which will take place in September... I’m really eager to do it, but at the same time I’m a bit stressed! I’m continuing my training at the same time as working at the shop, so my days are busy, making sure I’m ready.
I go on lots of hikes to ensure I’ll be in tip-top physical condition on exam day: for the orienteering, my rucksack has to weigh at least 7kg throughout the whole thing, and it takes around seven hours to find all the checkpoints. State of mind also plays an important role in being able to remain focused right to the end...