Posts by Troy Haines

group of Swiss dairy cows

Traditional Farming in the Swiss Alps

Cows graze on a steep hillside above the Lauterbrunnen Valley with Schmadribach Falls in the background. As a traveler hiking through the Swiss A...
walking path along glacial gorge Gornerschlucht in Zermatt

Glacial Gorges of the Alps: Gletscherschlucht

One of the best hidden surprises in the Swiss Alps: glacial gorges. Dramatic, narrow...

Sunrise in Tahoe

“Early morning is the sweetest time of day, any day. That’s when your senses are keenest, your mind liveliest, your heart most alive ...
hiking along the Tour du Mont Blanc

5 Key Components to Preparing for a Post-Injury Hiking Trip

We understand the importance of physical and mental preparedness when it comes to enjoying your adventures in the Alps.  To put some resources a...
bread selection in Zermatt Switzerland

The Best Bread in the World is Swiss - Recipe Included

Switzerland has the best bread in the World.  There, I’ve said it.  Switzerland gets credit for doing a lot of things well, like chocolat...

Dreaming of the Hotel Europe in Zermatt

The Best Breakfast in the Alps When I imagine my favorite Alpine breakfast, my daydreams always take me to the Hotel Europe in Zermatt.  This ha...

When the Sun Shines at Midnight

Sidney Haines, age 13, has been visiting the Alps with her family, the founders and owners of Alpinehikers, almost every summer since she was a b...

Taking the Kids to the Alps

“This is not worth it… we have to turn around.”  I’m stopped on a steep trail part-way to the remote Berghotel Oberstein...
Alps mountain inn Bernese Oberland

Hotel Schwarzwaldalp: Home is Where the Heart Is

There are many elements of a hotel that make it a good one, and there are certainly plenty of good ones to be found in the Alps.  It might be th...
hikers on a trail in the Alps above the Lauterbrunnen Valley

Hiking to Obersteinberg

You’ve heard about Hotel Obersteinberg, the wonderfully authentic mountain inn perched high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Like a fairy ta...

Stay at Obersteinberg Overnight

Staying the night at the historic Berghotel Obersteinberg is a highlight for everyone on our Bernese Oberland tours. It’s peaceful, beautiful, ...

The Best Hike in the Alps? Follow Us!

Is there such a thing as the BEST HIKE in the Alps?  After leading hiking tours for over 20 years, I have a lot of favorite hikes throughout Swi...
Sunrise over Soglio

Soglio and the Hidden Val Bregaglia

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 Perfect Day out between Bern and Central Switzerland

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 lak...

Reflections on our guided Bernese Oberland Traverse 2018

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, Bettmerhorn and the Mighty Aletsch Glacier

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 Best of Bernese Oberland 2018

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 Lombachalp

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

Exploring the Göschenertal

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 - Lake Thun's Perfect Pyramid

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 the Alps sounds nice

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 change... keeping up in the Alps

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

There’s a quote from Annie Dillard that I love – “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”  Having ...
guided hiking group Haute Route

Hiking the Haute Route, or Why I Do This

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 the Dolomites

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

Approfittare! Enjoying the Dolomites

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...
View of Aiguille Verte from Chamonix, France, TMB

Inspiration

Inspiration and gratitude go hand in hand — especially in the Alps. Owner and founder Troy Haines, writing in 2015, shares his thoughts on livi...
The Aletsch glacier from above Riederalp

Leukerbad with the backup guide

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 busy (it's actually quite nice!)

Hohbalmen is, without a doubt, one of the best hikes in Zermatt.  Yet for some reason – I don’t know why – I’ve never wr...
World's first vegetarian restaurant Zurich, Switzerland

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 Alpinehikers

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...
horses along a hiking trail in the Dolomites

Finding the Perfect Spot

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...
pink roses in Wengen, Switzerland

A Wonderful First Trip to the Alps

Deborah Charlap has been with us for a little over a year now.  This past June, she took her first trip to the Alps, visiting both Switzerland a...

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group of Swiss dairy cows
Switzerland. get natural. The Neckervalley is located in the heart of the Region Toggenburg in eastern Switzerland. The traditional cattle show in Brunnadern is a highlight in the autumn customs of the valley. Schweiz. ganz natuerlich. Die traditionelle Viehschau in Brunnadern im Neckertal. Das Neckertal liegt im Herzen der Ostschweiz in der Region Toggenburg im Einzugsgebiet von St. Gallen, Wil und Zuerich. Suisse. tout naturellement. Le Neckervallee est situe au cÏur de la region Toggenburg dans la Suisse orientale. Le betail traditionels montrent dans le village de Brunnadern est un point culminant dans les coutumes dÕautomne de la vallee. Copyright by: Switzerland Tourism - By-Line: swiss-image.ch / BAFU / Beat Mueller  

Traditional Farming in the Swiss Alps

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