Mountain leader or Mountain guide ?
The mountain leader in middle mountain is a hiking professional that can organize, assure security and animate outdoor activities. This profession exists in France and in Switzerland. The mountain leader can accompany clients on plains or higher places, but not on ridges or glaciers.
He is more of a leader than a technician. However, the mountain leader is not allowed to use technical gear during his client's ascent. During winter, he may propose snowshoeing where there is little avalanche risk. His line of action excludes haute routes and ski-touring.
His activities of choice are : geology, fauna and flora, tales. He is a generalist curious of the environment phenomena. Mountain leaders are great for participants of all levels, fitting his hikes from one to multi-day activities.