UIMLA Trekking in the Alps with Hilary Sharp


Trekking in the Alps is my business and I guide all the treks (that’s me in the photo!). I’m English and have lived in France since 1990. After 24 years in the French Alps near Chamonix, I now live in northern Provence where the year round climate is more clement. 

I have walked and climbed extensively in Britain, Europe, Australia, North America, Africa and Thailand. I trained as a Teacher of Outdoor Education and History at Bangor University and spent several years working in outdoor centres in Britain. I hold the British Summer and Winter Mountain Leader Certificates and the Mountain Instructor Award. I also hold the International Mountain Leader diploma, which is a legal requirement to lead walks in France, Italy and Spain. 

The Alps are both playground and office for me, and I love hiking here. I’m equally at home in the Mediterranean regions, such as Corsica, Mallorca and Provence, where there is a wealth of great walking to be enjoyed. 
For several years I was a keen mountain runner and participated in many mountain races, including the Mont Blanc Ultra Trail which I completed in 2006 and 2008. This race follows the Tour of Mont Blanc route and is 166kms long with 9400m of ascent and descent. I am now a passionate rockclimber and occasional road cyclist.

I’m very interested in the flora and fauna of the regions and will be happy to share my knowledge with you. I’m also knowledgeable about the history and geology of these areas and am constantly improving my knowledge through research and in service training. 

I’ve written 6 books and contributed to several more - "Trekking in the Western Alps", "Snowshoeing: Mont Blanc and the Western Alps", "Mont Blanc Walks", "Tour of the Matterhorn", "Tour of Monte Rosa", and Chamonix Mountain Adventures. 
To find out more go to my personal website www.hilarysharp.com

My husband is Jon de Montjoye, who is a High Mountain Guide. After 3 decades of guiding high summits, glacier treks and rock climbs, Jon is now retired and enjoying his own climbing in Provence.



Hilary Sharp, Trekking in the Alps, le Village, 26510 VILLEPERDRIX, France  [ hilaryalp@gmail.com ] [ Tel: +33 6 8265 4214 ]