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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. …

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 …

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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 …

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Trail Running Nepal’s 3 Passes (part 2)

A trail runner starting up the first pass, Kongma La, above Chukhung while starting the 3 Passes tour, with a view of Ama Dablam in the background. Khumbu Valley, Nepal.

Continued from part 1. Leaving Chukhung for the 3 Passes The decision was made, we’d go. Committing to the run meant having the bare minimum of gear. We sent a porter down to Namche with …

Trail Running Nepal’s 3 Passes Trek (part I)

Trail running on the Cho La Pass trail, part of the 3 Passes Tour in Nepal's Khumbu Region.

Trail Running in the Nepal Himalaya Four days before we headed off to run the 3 Passes Tour I couldn’t walk. Kim had neon green mucus draining from her eyes. Elevation had not been kind …

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Running the Glacier Haute Route

The idea to run the Glacier Haute Route evolved in about a two minute conversation with our Run the Alps Switzerland book partner, Kim Strom. Driving to Arolla for a run, we spotted the expanse …

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Climbing the Dent Blanche Regular Route South Ridge

Climbing Dent Blanche

Climbers prefer either a beautiful line or an inspiring overall objective. You don’t always get both. In the case of the 4357 meter Dent Blanche, you get a perfect combination of a classic ridge climb …

For a Few Meters More at the Ortler Ski Tour

skiing the Gran Zebru, Ortler ski tour

The Ortler Ski Tour Two guys wearing nothing but spandex shorts, ski boots, and packs full of gear saunter down to the parking lot. Spaghetti western extras with holstered ice axes and dangling ski crampons. …

Climbing the Oberaarhorn

climbing the Oberaarhorn

As part of our Way Up project in the summer of 2016, we climbed the central Swiss Alps Oberaarhorn, 3630 meters, from the Oberaarsee near Grimsel Pass. This is an absolute classic easy alpine summit, …

Skiing the Bishorn

skiing the 4000er Bishorn

  Ski Touring an Alps 4000 Meter Peak The Bishorn is one of the Alps “easiest” 4000 meter peaks. However, this doesn’t make it easy. While it has no technical difficulties beyond walking, it does have …

The Wetterhorn, Mittelhorn and Rosenhorn Ski Mountaineering Tour

Climbing the Wetterhorn's normal route

A friend referred to this as the “Horny Tour”. Starting from Rosenlaui, between Meiringen and Grindelwald, it’s a ski mountaineering tour that links up ascents of the Wetterhorn (3692 meters), Mittelhorn (3703 meters) and Rosenhorn …