You need to be well prepared and everyone knows what he has to do: because we carry a lot of heavy equipment and have to reach the furthest corners of the region, we're usually flown to our destination by helicopter. Once you arrive and sniff the fresh mountain air, your pulse quickens and you're ready to go. The work includes cutting grass and trees, clearing footpaths of avalanches and rockfalls and repairing any damage. Tired and dirty from my efforts, I wait in the late afternoon for the moment when the helicopter appears on the horizon. I feel pleased – and thankful – to have been able to do something for my "big brother" in terms of respecting and tidying him up. Even if the tough, sweaty work is sometimes a bit much, returning to the mountains always puts a smile to my face: it's like coming home, and the urge to be there in the great outdoors is irresistible.