Posts by Troy Haines

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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...

Switzerland Has the Best Bread in the World

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

When I dream of having an Alpine breakfast, my imagination always takes me to the Hotel Europe in Zermatt.  This happens often enough, and is no...

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...

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...

Hiking to Obersteinberg

Ready to hike to Obersteinberg? You’ll start from the floor of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The Jungfrau region in the Bernese Oberland is alr...

Overnight at Berghotel Obersteinberg

A night at Obersteinberg is a highlight for everyone on our Bernese Oberland tours. It’s peaceful, beautiful, and inspiring. And the fresh moun...

Berghotel Obersteinberg

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...

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

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 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!

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

Inspiration

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 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!)

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 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...

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...

So, our Office Manager went to Switzerland...

…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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The Hotel Gletschergarten: “A place where people feel good”

  In Grindelwald, tucked quietly just outside of town near the end of the main drag, is the charming, family-run Hotel Gletschergarten.  The owners