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Go Ahead, Put Your Feet Up

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Tired, sore legs after a long day on the trail? Put your legs up the wall.  I distinctly remember a thought occurring to me during a particularly long day out on the trail. My feet hurt, my ankles were swollen and I had some hot spots. I was ready to kick my shoes off, but   Continue Reading →

Introducing New England with a Self-Guided Sea to Summit

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Although it’s a little outside Alpinehikers’ normal range, Gloucester, Massachusetts has too much summertime appeal to pass up on your way to the best trails in the northeast.  This small city, forty-five minutes north of Boston, boasts over 4,000 acres of conservation land dotted with trails that lead to hidden ocean views and pre-colonial building   Continue Reading →

Sunrise in Tahoe

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“Early morning is the sweetest time of day, any day. That’s when your senses are keenest, your mind liveliest, your heart most alive and hopeful” – Edward Abbey No matter what you think of Ed Abbey, he got some things right. Early morning is the best, most enriching part of the day. Plus, you get   Continue Reading →

It’s hard to be bored in Colorado

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Colorado is a state with a hiking problem. Or maybe it’s an outdoor activity problem in general, though hiking is the main draw to this recreational capital. But whether it’s hiking, biking, skiing, river rafting, horses, or another of the many highlights of this landlocked headwaters state, it’s likely some type of outdoor pursuit that   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 →

Swiss Alps Flower Primer Part 2

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If you missed Part 1 of our Alps wildflower primer, be sure to check it out too.  Summer in the Swiss Alps seems to burst forth daily with new flowers.  Here are some of the most recent gems. Koch’s Gentian: Gentiana acaulis is endemic to Europe and found in mountain areas in Central and southern Europe.  It   Continue Reading →

First Impressions of Switzerland: a hike to Rotstockhutte

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As a new guide for Alpinehikers I arrived in Switzerland with eyes wide and feet ready to move. What would I learn this summer? Where would I go? Who would I meet? Only one way to find out . . . by hitting the trail. On my first morning in Switzerland I awake to clear   Continue Reading →