Bergführerin Gudrun Weikert

“My hobbies are my vocation”

Gudrun Weikert was the first woman in Germany to pass the challenging mountain guide exam at TUM. Today, the sports enthusiast is supervising the mountain and ski guide training there herself and loves her job’s diversity.

Gudrun Weikert is a sportsperson through and through. Years of apparatus gymnastics were followed by combined track and field events, handball in the Bavarian state team, cross-country skiing with national competitions and finally mountaineering with all its seasonal characteristics, challenges and charms. For Gudrun Weikert, born in Geretsried in Upper Bavaria, it was clear; she wanted to turn her main passion, sports, into her vocation. And she succeeded in doing just that.

Just before completing her studies in Sports at TUM, Gudrun Weikert is offered a position for training the future sports teachers in exactly those areas she loves most: rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing and snowboarding. “It was great! This was what most people with a diploma wished for! I hadn’t even applied myself because of the strong competition and had already booked a vacation. I immediately cancelled it again and started my position”, Gudrun Weikert recounts.

No day like another

Since then Gudrun Weikert is able to do at TUM what she had always wanted; to work with athletes, pass on the broad knowledge based on her own experience and by cooperating closely with the Mountain Guide Association and the Alpine Association, being able to take part in the theoretical decisions she benefits from herself in her sports practice. As the Deputy Chairperson of the Examination Committee she has been conducting the exams for internationally certified mountain and ski guides for ten years, hard and very serious tests, which in Germany can only be taken at TUM – and which Gudrun Weikert herself passed as the first woman in Germany.

On one day I am in fresh snow up to my hips, on another I am planning the next summer excursions at my desk.

It is precisely this diversity of her tasks at TUM that Gudrun Weikert values so much. No day is like another, she swoons. “Working at TUM is awesome” Weikert continues, especially because the sports teacher  education there does not neglect the practical side, ‘the sports trade’, next to science. Also she is able to contribute the experience from her own athletic practice to the teaching; “It’s fantastic that meanwhile you are able to truly drive things forward as a practitioner, that you are being listened to and able to hold modules together with theoreticians.”

Women in Germany are privileged

Even though she loves her ‘awesome job’ at TUM, which offers her so much variety, Gudrun Weikert wants to somewhat reduce her tasks there in the next years, in order to have more time for private endeavours and to once again stand on top of a mountain without any clients. Throughout her own life she has done exactly what she wanted anyway, even though these things were frequently seen as male-dominated: motorcycle license, mountain guide training, crossing Antarctica, ski touring in the Arctic and climbing the Eiger North Face and Matterhorn. And this is what Gudrun Weikert would like to pass on, not just to the female athletes but to all young women: “Do whatever you want and not what others expect from you. You can do anything – just do it!”