Posts by Troy Haines

Sunrise over Soglio

Soglio and the Hidde

Soglio is an almost impossibly charming village in the Bregaglia valley in Southeastern Switzerland.  Not far from famous St Moritz and cozy Pon

Engstlenalp - A Perf

Engstlenalp is one of our favorite alps.  An historic inn and scenic farm, tucked at the end of a pretty valley above Meiringen.  There

Reflections on our g

Susie, Jack and their daughter Katya joined us on a guided Bernese Oberland Traverse this summer.  Susie’s letter thanking us for the trip

Riederalp, Bettmerho

The Aletsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the Alps.  It’s a massive river of ice 14 miles long and 3000 ft thick at Koncordiaplatz, it

Reflections on the B

We love family trips to the Alps.  There is so much to see and do, and it is an adventure the kids will never forget.  The Hollenbaugh family b
Panorama from harder Kulm above Interlaken

Hardergrat to Lombac

The Hardergrat ridge, above Interlaken, is beginning to get some well-deserved buzz.  Dan Patitucci’s evocative photos of running along th

Exploring the Gösch

The Göschenertal is not all that well known, even within Switzerland.  But it’s a fabulous valley in a very central location, just outsid

Niesen Funicular - L

The Niesen is a very striking, almost perfectly pyramidal peak just south of Lake Thun, in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland.  It’s not

A family vacation to

My kids really want to go back to Switzerland.  I know this because at least once a month, they’ll say something like “Dad, are we g
Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn and Eiger above Grindelwald

The more things chan

The first time I went to Grindelwald, I didn’t know what to expect.  It was 1991, I had just started working in Basel for a summer, and I

Going Back

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
Col Termin

Hiking the Haute Rou

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 tri
The sun coming up behind the Langkofel and Plattkofel mountains from Seiser Alm

Wined and Dined in t

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 &
Val di Funes


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
Zermatt and the Matterhorn


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
The Aletsch glacier from above Riederalp

Leukerbad with the b

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! 
The Matterhorn is visible right from Zermatt

Zermatt is not too b

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 descri
The World's first vegetarian restaurant does a pretty lively business in Zurich.

A day in Zürich

Zürich.  I don’t really spend much time here, to be honest.  Switzerland’s largest city has the exciting reputation as the “
View from the train, approaching Interlaken.

A short history of A

I just read an article this morning claiming that research shows that planning vacations is actually more fun than taking them, which I think mus

Finding the perfect

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 leav

So, our Office Manag

…And it changed her life! Deborah Charlap has been with us for a little over a year now.  This past June, she took her first trip to Switz

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