James Fuss is a trekking guide, photographer, cyclist, and chef extraordinaire. Born and raised in South Australia, James found his wanderlust early on family camping trips across Australia. His love of the culinary arts is deep-rooted as well, and as a young chef, he headed off to Europe to expand his repertoire. There he undertook many explorations of the wilds of the British Isles and the Alps— traveling, backpacking, and cycling hidden corners of Europe, and onward to the Himalayas—then returned to Australia to become a guide in the legendary Outback. A WT leader since 1997, James is always up for an adventure, from the mountains of Europe to the shores of Tasmania. “It’s a joy to guide in such divergent places. I love the gastronomic diversity of Europe, especially France. And I’m always happy to help trip members discover the pristine wilderness, unique wildlife, bountiful seafood, and superb wines of Tasmania. Wherever I’m guiding, I try to make a journey a once-in-a-lifetime experience for people.” James is conversant in French, German, and Nepali, and when he’s not guiding, he enjoys camping, boating, and fishing with family and friends.
James was fantastic in picnic preparation, funny stories, and all around engagement with the group. His gifts as a leader were apparent and we will seek him out for future trips.
James was wonderful - the best guide I've had on a trip. He went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy and anticipated our every need.
James was a fun and high energy trip leader, and we especially appreciated that he noticed the tastes and interests of the group and responded with great new ideas and side trips when possible. We were all foodies, so James' background as a chef really fit with our personalities.
To have a former chef as a guide in France was a real bonus for a group of foodies!
I loved having James as a leader! He was funny, knowledgable, caring—a great all-around guy.
James was excellent—knowledgeable, engaging, and made sure all aspects of the trip went well for all.
James was ever energetic, full of positive spirit, and went out of his way to make each day special and full of surprises.
James really knows how to make a trip fun. I never tire of his jokes!
What an amazing person James is! He handled all of the arrangements smoothly, and made even the van rides entertaining. His knowledge of food and wine really added to our enjoyment of the trip (not to mention our waistlines).
James somehow commanded a complicated itinerary and clients with varying hiking skills flawlessly. His enthusiasm, knowledge of the area, love of cuisine, and particularly his close relationships with many of the hotel and hut proprietors elevated everybody's experience miles beyond expectations.
James Fuss is an amazing person. He is warm and kind, gregarious, sharing all that he has and knows with others. He appears to be easy going but in fact works very hard to make people happy and help things run smoothly. It is clear that he knows and loves Provence and all the food and wine.
James was great and really does a great job in allowing a broad understanding of life in Tasmania.
James made me laugh so hard every day! He was always smiling as he managed the needs and desires of 14 people. His selection of food, wine, restaurants, activities, optional hikes, his ability to get us all where we needed or wanted to be...he was tireless in caring for the clients.
This was our second trip with James, 'le bon vivant,' culinary maestro, and wine enthusiast. James adds fun (and an endless stream of jokes) to his contributions of knowledge and globe-hiking experiences and stories to the journey.
James is very entertaining and knowledgeable. He has the greatest collection of clean jokes of anyone I've met!
If there was a rating higher than excellent, James would deserve it. He gives 110% and makes certain everyone comes home with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
James's infectious, gregarious personality coupled with his amazing command and handling of our group made us feel he is just a superb adventure travel guide.
This trip was a great adventure. I returned home addicted to traveling and exploring new places. James has a genuine love for Nepal, its people and culture.
James Fuss is a master of his profession. I’ve been a guide myself and he’s the best I’ve ever seen.
James is extraordinary in his enthusiasm and knowledge of every aspect of “Tassie.” The mix of activities—hiking, sailing, beachcombing—was terrific. The balance between town and country was perfect. Bravo!
James went out of his way to make this trip a truly memorable experience. His appreciation of food and wine was an extra added touch. He made every day a joy!
Outstanding, lots of fun, gave us more than we ever expected.
James was an amazing guide and leader on this trip. Now I understand why so many clients come back because of James!
James is a lot of fun and very client oriented.