Sepp Karlinger from Sölden is one of the older, still active mountain guides in the valley. After all, four of his mother's brothers were also mountain guides. Countless family stories bear witness to the fact that the profession was and still is often passed on in Ötztal. Like many of his generation, Sepp Karlinger grew up in a family of mountain farmers and herded goats and cows from an early age.
Walking, moving, climbing on the mountain was part of everyday life, a matter of course. Sepp came up with the idea of becoming a mountain guide while in the army, where he was assigned to the high mountain company. It was clear to him that he did not want to remain in the army - and so he completed his civilian mountain guide training at the age of 22 in 1972.