Mike Browder

Mike Browder leads WT adventures from Corsica to the Alps and northward to the fjords of Norway. He has worked in outdoor settings all his life, directing parks and recreation programs in Bend, Oregon, coaching ski teams, and mountain climbing in North America and Asia, including a 2003 ascent of Mt. Everest and an even more challenging descent– ask Mike for the details! He spent much of the 90s in Central Asia, climbing peaks, guiding, teaching English, and delving into the many cultures of the region. Mike joined our Europe team in 1999 and settled in the heart of the Alpine action in Chamonix, France, with his British wife, Gill in 2001. A lifetime learner (currently brushing up on his Russian) Mike brings knowledge, professionalism and genuine excitement to every trip, whether an Alpine adventure, a voyage through glacier-carved fjords or a Mediterranean island ramble. “I want our trip members to appreciate the special nature of these areas, not only the mountains, but also the people and their way of life, which is changing in many ways,” he says. When not guiding for WT, Mike is a nordic ski instructor and high mountain guide for mountain, rock, and ice climbing expeditions in Europe, Alaska, Asia and beyond. His most prized possession? A Mittenwald violin he brought back from the Tyrolean Alps; when he descends from the trails you’ll find him on his sunny balcony below Mt. Blanc, practicing away.

Upcoming Trips:

Hiking Norway's Fjord Country, June 14-24, 2015
Hiking Norway's Lofoten Islands and Northern Coast, July 2015
Hiking the Tyrolean Alps, July 11-18, 2015
Switzerland: The Via Alpina, July 19-29, 2015
Tour du Mont Blanc, August 9-16, 2015
Glacier Express, September 12-19, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Mike's attitude, professionalism, knowledge and never-ending patience make him possibly my favorite guide from WT (and you have great ones!). Susan D, Indianapolis IN Mike was a lot of fun, multiculturally enthusiastic, as well as a fine leader. Michael S., Fairfax CA Mike was a fabulous leader who took great care to ensure that all participants had an extraordinary adventure. His knowledge of the Alps’ culture, food, wine, and geography added to the group’s experience. C. Collins, Sonoma CA Mike was an excellent leader, with wide technical skills, knowledge of the area and interpersonal skills. Don A., Sonoma, CA
Hiking the Haute Route
Mike Browder is a first-rate guide. This was our first serious hiking trip and he made us feel very comfortable while not holding us back in any way. We also found him to be a lot o fun, highly professional, and tremendously experienced. Patrice and Bob M., Pound Ridge NY, Classic Swiss Alps Mike was very entertaining and fun to be with on top of his outstanding experience in this area. Martha and James A., New Haven, CT
Hiking the Haute Route
Mike is an excellent trip leader—very personable, interesting. He took great care to make sure the trip was first rate. Jackie W., Bainbridge Island WA, Tour du Mont Blanc Mike was a pleasure. Everyone enjoyed him. I recommend him very highly. Susan S., St. John, Virgin Islands
Mike's enthusiasm and humor were a great addition to the trip. Peter C., San Francisco, CA
Corsica and Sardinia
Mike was on top of everything. He was hospitable, knowledgeable, always courteous and helpful. It was great having the opportunity to get to know him. Susanne R., Long Island Cty, NY
Hiking the Tyrolean Alps
Mike was amazing in terms of his knowledge of the area, his attention to detail, interaction with all of us, and his great sense of humor. Craig K., Sewickley, PA
Great Alpine Traverse
Mike was unbelieveable in every respect! He was encouraging, fun, and very very knowledgeable. Jane and Brevard H., Nashville, TN
Great Alpine Traverse
He is a first-rate trip leader and a first-rate individual with whom I hope to spend more time on future adventures. Jim C., Greenwich, CT
Snowshoeing in the Alps
Mike is a true asset to WT. His ability to interact with all participants in a truly professional level is so important. He is my favorite guide of the 10 trips I've been on with WT. Terrell N., Los Angeles, CA
Switzerland: The Via Alpina
We particularly liked Mike's easygoing nature, and were impressed with his extraordinary hiking knowledge. Jobie S., Trumbull, CT
Corsica and Sardinia
Mike was fantastic. In addition to being a strong hiking leader and logistics coordinator, his effervescent personality really kept our group upbeat and cohesive throughout the trip. Joe W., San Marcos, CA
Hiking the Tyrolean Alps