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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

Jaybird Vista Review

After finding a new favorite podcast (thanks for the psyche Enormocast), and creating our very own Elevation Running Playlist, I recently started listening to things again during big, uphill runs. One thing I was not …

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The Evolution of Light Alpinism

At some point, I just had to turn away and not watch. It was all too embarrassing. We’d just run into the Jungfrau Region’s Löbhorner, a classic easy rock traverse on a limestone ridge rising …

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 …

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 …