ALPSinsight’s first year has been a great one! We set out with huge motivation to stoke others, built a site we are proud of, developed a good size following on social media, and now know that we have positively influenced a lot of people to do things in the Alps. Based on how many emails we received over the summer from people seeking info, and following up on their experiences – we are confident the site, and what we set out to do, worked.
We’d like to take a moment to not just thank all of our followers, you, but to say thanks and show our own support to all the many brands that we work with. We’re not just ALPSinsight, we’re also PatitucciPhoto, and we do a lot of photo work for some great companies. What we’re doing here at ALPSinsight has caught their eye as well. Their support of our effort is hugely appreciated and without this involvement, we couldn’t do what we do. And without great gear, life in the mountains wouldn’t be so smooth. This is the best of the bunch.
Dynafit is famous for ski gear, especially their revolutionary pin binding that changed ski touring. Their ski mountaineering gear is hugely innovative and all about being super light and performance oriented. Now, they are also making some of the best performance trail and mountain running gear out there using designs and innovation from the ski mountaineering world. The results are perfect for trail runners, especially those wanting to take running to bigger mountains.
Osprey Packs are widely known as the most comfortable packs on the market. When you spend 300+ days a year in the mountains, you spend a lot of time with a pack on your back. Bad packs are not an option for us.
We can’t run everywhere in the mountains… Lowa is our hiking and mountain boot partner.
In my opinion, water bottles are out for mountain sports. It’s all about soft flasks and Hydrapak makes the best ones out there. Soft flasks take up less room, are ultralight, don’t slosh, and you can carry several of them instead of one big bottle – spreading them about in a way that makes sense. It’s been great to see performance clothing brands finally starting to incorporate soft flask sleeves into their clothing – something ski mountaineers discovered ages ago. Try them! More info from our own review.
We’ve been getting special deliveries from Trail Butter via friends traveling to Europe. When we share, I’ve never seen an energy food product get loved so much. It’s been fun hearing stories from European friends of how they are now getting their own deliveries from the US. Trail Butter – please come to Europe! 50 gallon drums would be a good start.
The guys at ChiaCharge are making an all natural energy bar that is a bit too tasty. Do not even think of putting these in the same category as any other energy bar. Think fine European bakery products, in your pocket.
Goal Zero has been a brand we 100% rely on to do our work. From the solar office in Himalayan basecamps, to powerful pocket batteries that can be quickly charged from small solar panels in the field. This stuff is perfectly made for mountain people. More info from our own Goal Zero review.
The Katadyn BeFree filter was an incredible addition to our gear kit this year. Rather than carry a huge amount of water, I carried this tiny filter on a Hydrapak soft flask and filled up from natural sources as I needed water. The weight savings is huge when you are putting in big days. More info from our review.
Grindelwald and the Jungfrau Region
Both the town of Grindelwald and the Jungfrau Region have been key supporters as well, with the goal being – keep Dan & Janine in the mountains making photos and stories. The content we create has been influential in people’s experiences when visiting the Alps. We can’t ask for any bigger reward.
The best support of all is what we get from our own friends, whether it be joining us for trips as models, or simply pushing us to do more in the mountains. We are incredibly fortunate to work in the outdoor industry family, and live in a hugely supportive mountain sport community. There is no way to get everyone in here – you know who you are – thanks! Let’s do it all over again next year! Special thanks to our friends, and partners in this, Run the Alps and Grand Tours Project.
Finally… Janine Patitucci
As the communicator on the team, our followers have come to know my voice. But everyone needs to know that like any strong team, there is a rock in the background. That would be my wife and partner in everything I/we do, Janine. If you’d like to hear her voice, follow along at @janinepatitucci
Now, tell us your story – why are you following us? What sorts of interest do you have in the Alps and what can we do to provide info? Please leave a comment here – thanks!
Dan & Janine Patitucci