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Going Back

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I read a quote from Annie Dillard that I like, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”  Having spent about a quarter of my days over the past 2 decades in the Alps, and thinking, talking and writing about them the rest of the year, they have become, of   Continue Reading →

Hiking the Haute Route, or Why I Do This

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I’ve been hiking a 3-day stretch of the Haute Route, from Verbier to Louvie hut, to Prafleuri hut, to Arolla.  It’s been a great trip, with wonderful hikes, cool, mixed, interesting weather, and what we like to call “entertaining obstacles” along the way.  The Haute Route is the most rugged and remote trip we offer,   Continue Reading →

Wined and Dined in the Dolomites

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I’ve been a member of the ATTA, the Adventure Travel Trade Association, for about 3 years now.  I’m not really much of a networker – I haven’t needed to be, and it’s not my personality anyway.  But I enjoy this group a lot.  When we meet, I get to skip over the obvious stuff and   Continue Reading →

Approfittare!

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Last year around this time I was in the Dolomites with Doug Mayer from Run the Alps, and we joined a trail running tour with a local group called Holimites.  Not my favorite company name, but good people. It was a short but fun trip with an extremely interesting and memorable group of characters, and   Continue Reading →

Inspiration

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Oliver Sacks died a couple days ago.  Who?  I didn’t know much of him at all until about a year ago, when he wrote an article for the NY Times on the Joys of Aging (when he turned 80).  If you know me, you know that I love to think about this, imagining a kind   Continue Reading →

Leukerbad with the backup guide

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I said before that I don’t guide as many of the tours anymore, and it’s really true.  Last year I didn’t guide a single day!  It’s not that I don’t like it, because I actually quite love getting to meet our folks and getting out on the trail with them.  I particularly love the equalizing   Continue Reading →

Zermatt is not too busy (it’s actually quite nice!)

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I think Hohbalmen is one of the best hikes in Zermatt.  And for some reason, I don’t know why, I’ve never written out a route description of it for our self-guided tours.  I guess it’s because we often send people here for 4 days, and if you’re going to hike Hohbalmen you’re going to cover   Continue Reading →

A day in Zürich

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Zürich.  I don’t really spend much time here, to be honest.  Switzerland’s largest city has the exciting reputation as the “banking capital” of Switzerland. Well, what’s not to like?  My advice on Zürich has always been to not mark it as a place to spend a lot of time in, but at the same time,   Continue Reading →

A short history of Alpinehikers

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I just read an article this morning claiming that research shows that planning vacations is actually more fun than taking them, which I think must explain why our work at Alpinehikers is so much fun.  I don’t know if I agree completely, but I get the point… planning is about dreaming, which is always perfect,   Continue Reading →

Finding the perfect spot.

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I’ve been guiding in the Alps for 15 years.  I’ve been to a lot of places, some that I’ve loved and some that don’t leave as much of an impression.  But one of the greatest joys of returning to the Alps is that there are always new places to explore.  There are over 60,000 km   Continue Reading →