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 …

Mountain Sport Training Advice from Uphill Athlete

Training for Mountain Sports Mountain sports require both traditional and specialized training for the unique demands of trail running, ski mountaineering and climbing. For mountain athletes seeking help to improve fitness, skills or mental strength, …

Outdoor Gear of the Year

Road trip lifestyle

Best Outdoor Gear A Gear of the Year post? Already? That can only mean…. No! But yes, for us it’s the end of the season. After seven straight months of work, record heat, and dry …

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Inspiring Mountain Experiences

Trail running Via Valais, Zermatt and the Matterhorn

I still remember flipping through the pages of Uli Wiesmeier’s Rocks Around the World and vibrating with excitement. Even more, I felt determined. The combination of strong photography and vivid storytelling around a subject I …

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The Via Valais Summary

Trail running the Via Valais, Zinal

It took three weeks of exploring trails and three different routes to nail it. But, in the end, boy did we nail it! The Via Valais route is complete, but we are not going to …

Via Valais Multi-Day Trail Running Tour Gear

trail running in Zermatt

Our Via Valais trail running tour project is 225+ km’s, 14,000+ meters of vertical gain, and if we have the juice, there’s a peak to climb each day as an add on. We feel it’s …