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 …

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 …

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, …

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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 …

Introducing the Via Valais

Trail running on the Barrhorn, the Alps highest trail.

This weekend, we’re setting out on our most ambitious project of the year. The goal is partly work, but primarily personal. We hope to establish what we feel is going to be the perfect multi-day …

Dynafit Feline Up Pro Review

The Dynafit Feline Up Pro For the last couple of years, I’ve been a big fan of Dynafit’s Feline SL trail running shoe. Thanks to a precise fit for my narrow to medium width feet, …

Kahtoola Crampons and Micro Spikes for Trail Running

Running and climbing La Ruinette, Swiss Alps

Throughout the last ten years, I have tried a lot of different crampons for trail running. Many work, but not many work exactly how I’d like them to work. The Edelrid Beast Lite has been …