Tag Archives: Hiking

Engstlenalp – A Perfect Day out between Bern and Central Switzerland

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Engstlenalp is one of our favorite alps.  An historic inn and scenic farm, tucked at the end of a pretty valley above Meiringen.  There are lakes, views, lifts, cheese and great walks.   A visit to Engstlenalp is a great day out anytime, but being right above Meiringen, it works particularly well as a warm-up day   Continue Reading →

Riederalp, Bettmerhorn and the Mighty Aletsch Glacier

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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, its thickest point.  This is what people travel to Jungfraujoch to see, stretching out from the Jungfrau in the Bernese Oberland down toward Valais.  It’s spectacular.  Oh yeah, it’s pretty   Continue Reading →

Running with Julia: lunch at Chalet la Floria

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Chalet Floria is a charming old stone building brimming with flowers that is nestled into the hillside near Chamonix’s famous Petit Balcon Sud.  It’s open mid-morning to late-afternoon from June to November and offers a small menu of light lunch options, deserts, coffees, juices, beer and wine.  With sweeping views of Mont Blanc, the Mer   Continue Reading →

Meet Julia: Alpinehikers and Run the Alps first intern extraordinaire

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Alpinehikers and Run the Alps first intern, Julia Maxwell, landed in the Alps in July and is excited to share her trail experiences with you.  Here is a brief interview with Julia to introduce her as well as give us an idea what grounds her stories and what the heck she does when she’s not   Continue Reading →

Exploring the Göschenertal

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The Göschenertal is not all that well known, even within Switzerland.  But it’s a fabulous valley in a very central location, just outside Andermatt, nestled amid the Oberalp, Furka and Gotthard passes.  It’s very close to a lot of interesting rail journeys – the Glacier Express stops in Andermatt, and this would be a great   Continue Reading →

Traveling Solo in the Alps

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Here at Alpinehikers we’re often asked questions about traveling solo in the Alps.  I recently sat down with Abby Strauss-Malcolm, a veteran guide and head of sales for Alpinehikers and our partner company Run the Alps, to ask about her many solo miles traveled throughout the United States, the Alps and all over the world.    Continue Reading →

Alpinehikers 2017 Photo Contest Winners and Their Stories

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One of the things I always share with people about the Alps is that while in this part of the world you are surrounded by non-stop postcard worthy photo opportunities.  The Alps are strikingly beautiful.  With that said, the biggest constraint on capturing these photos is the photography skills behind the camera — at least   Continue Reading →

The Art of Photography

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This is the first in a series of blog posts exploring the art (and fun!) of photography. We hope to help you take better pictures whether you’re using a camera phone or a professional DSLR. From exploring your own backyard to travelling to far-off destinations, photography is a great way to observe, record, and connect   Continue Reading →

The Weather of the Alps with Troy Haines, Alinehiker’s Founder and Owner

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The weather of the Alps doesn’t necessarily play by the rules. Long range forecasts are dodgy, areas in close proximity are extremely variable and rain showers (depending on where you are) are not unusual. Troy Haines, Alpinehikers owner and founder, and I recently sat down to discuss the complexities of weather when traveling by foot through the   Continue Reading →

Reflection on the Great Alpine Classics Tour

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The European summer hiking season has begun! We recently received a wonderful note from Dale and Colleen Adams who just finished up a 9-night, 10-day Great Alpine Classics tour, that brought them to Murren, Zermatt, and Chamonix. All the included pictures were taken by them along the way. Hi Alpinehikers- We arrived home this morning,   Continue Reading →