Arnold's Background

Arnold's parents and sister
Arnold's parents and sister.

Arnold was born on a farm in a small rural town in Switzerland ( where he, his brother and sister learned the value of hard work.

Arnold became a successful architect (, running his own company ( for many years.

Arnold on a business lunch.
Arnold on a business lunch.

His children challenged his view of the world from within the corporate walls of his business life. They suggested that the Switzerland he knew was somewhat artificial, determined by his business experience, that the “real” Switzerland was quite different. It was then that Arnold decided it was time to explore other worlds.

The farewell gift
The farewell gift: climbing gear.

In 1998, he traded in his business suit for climbing gear. In 1999 he headed for Alaska to begin his adventures.