Florence Simond—a.k.a. “Flo”—is one of our guests’ favorite guides in the Alps. She is consistently praised for her light and friendly demeanor, enthusiasm and ability to motivate her guests, and—of course—her intimate knowledge of hiking in the Alps!

Born in Chamonix, Flo is the descendant of two ancestral local families. After spending a number of years in the south of France, she traveled in South America and Asia, eventually returning to the birthplace of her forebears, where she now resides with her family.

The mountains are an integral part of Flo’s life. Not only is she an Accompagnatice en Montagne (the hiking equivalent of a certified mountaineering guide) and a skilled guide with the prestigious Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, but she is also an accomplished skier and mountain climber. Her membership in the Compagnie des Guides not only attests to her qualifications, but also constitutes a continuation of her family traditions as she follows in the footsteps of her father and grandfathers.

Flo herself has often been cited by MTS guests as being a key highlight of their adventure.