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4000er Training Summary

Sliding down with my feet in the air, I flipped over and dug the ice ax into the snow below my chest. The axe and my boots gripped and stopped me.  A sigh of relief. …

Black Diamond Distance Packs Review

Packs are my thing. I spend most every day of the year with various types and sizes on my back, working from them, living out of them, and of course carrying them. I know what …

Black Diamond Pipe Dream Review

The Black Diamond Pipe Dream 45 is a newer version of what BD offered way back in the 90’s. Then, it was the Spot, and it was my sport climbing pack of choice. When it …

Climbing the Alps’ 4000 Meter Peaks in one Summer

Like many outdoor industry professionals; guides, photographers, etc… there is an annual climber’s migration each fall to Kalymnos. I’ve crossed paths with Danny there a few times and always enjoyed his spirit. Last year, when …

Why Hire a Guide?

While hand-picking our Top Tours of the Alps, one thing became clear: we can only do so much to help with mountain experiences on a website. Anyone using ALPSinsight needs to have sufficient skills to …

How to Choose the Right Alps’ Grand Ski Tour

While most every ski tourer around the world knows the famous Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route, few know the other options. Other big ski tours in the Alps are really no less quality. By some …

Mountain Strong vs. Gym Strong

For more and more people, mountain activities evolve from recreation to sport. With experience, climbers, trail runners and skiers start to take a closer look at their skills and develop ideas about what they want …

Patagonia Slope Runner Trail Running Pack Review

Patagonia Trail Running Packs I’m pretty sure everyone has one category of gear that they obsess over. For me, it’s packs. I love packs and I’m forever seeking the perfect design. Luckily, I get to try …

The Berner Haute Route Ski Tour

Foreigners in Switzerland often have a similar observation. It’s a feeling of doing things wrong according to the Swiss. Dealing with recycling on a Sunday, peeing standing up, or wearing sweat pants in public come …