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How to Trail Run in the Alps

This summer, it’s becoming more normal to see runners slaloming the hikers on the trails of the Alps. Trail running is continuing to explode. But while COVID’s impact on the racing calendar has left countless …

Solo bikepacking across the Alps

With only two weeks to go until the Tour des Stations ultrafondo (240km and 8200m of climbing), it was crunch time. I felt massively underprepared and still needed some BIG days in the saddle to …

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Mountain Running Tips

This post is the conclusion to Running Mountains Instead of Races. Here in the Alps, or whichever mountain range you find yourself, there are a lifetime of peaks to climb. Finding the ones that inspire …

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Running Mountains Instead of Races

As if the COVID pandemic wasn’t bad enough already, your race has been cancelled. Now what? Blow off running in exchange for more time spent online with fear mongering news headlines? No, now is the …

Why do you ride?

Nearing the top of the Col de la Croix in the Alpes Vaudoises

“Why do you ride?” I was asked this question a few months ago by Cyclist Magazine who had come to the Alpes vaudoises to shoot videos on riding in my home region. This ended up …

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The Best Map Apps for the Alps

Without a doubt, one of the most important tools in the Alps, or any mountain range, is a map. You’ll need maps for understanding the region, ideas, planning, fixing your itinerary, navigating, changing plans, getting …

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Patagonia High Endurance Kit (HEK) Review

Keeping the new, highly innovative, Patagonia High Endurance Kit (HEK) a secret was not going to be a problem thanks to the weather forecast. No other runners would be foolish enough to be out during …

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The Cure for Anything

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” ― Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen]  I’m putting a lot of hope in salt water. The Pacific Ocean, some crying. Saline infusions too. But …

Growing up

I met Dan in June 2010. I was in the Dolomites for a cycling tour and was looking to connect with local riders on the rest day; at the time he was living in Brunico …

Black Diamond Distance 4 Liter Pack Review

The development of a Black Diamond 4 liter Distance pack was big news for us. Their 8 and 15 liter Distance packs (full review here) have proven themselves to be hands down the best packs …

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Patagonia Capilene Air Review

I first laid eyes on the Patagonia Capilene Air while on expedition in Nepal with Colin Haley. He had an early sample that didn’t make an appearance until we were away from the masses. It …