Category Routes

Hiking maps and guides

Four routes for a hiking trip to the Kleinwalsertal in Allgäu

So much is happening this summer! I have only just come back from a cycling trip on Thursday and I’m already getting ready for the next adventure. We’re going hiking in the Kleinwalsertal in Allgäu next weekend.

Three treks in the Valais that were not meant to be

Last year the planning of the by now traditional annual hiking trip ended up being a bit complicated. First, I wanted to tackle the Gran Paradiso, but no one wanted to join me. Then I had to get through three routes for a trek in the Valais, before finally settling on a fourth one. Although […]

An Haute Route menace: ladders at the Pas de Chèvre

The ladders set-up at the Pas de Chèvre (2, 855 m) are one of the tricky parts of the walkers’ Haute Route trek from Chamonix to Zermatt. Here are some photos of the new ladders, which I am told are a lot easier than the original set.

Along the TDC

What I did last summer: Tour des Combins on the Swiss-Italian border

Ok, not last summer, but in summer 2010, I walked the six day circular trek around the Grand Combins massif in the Swiss Valais. I did the trip with a group of four other friends in August. We had a great time, even if the weather – particularly in the second half of the trip […]

At the start of the Averau sentiero attrezzato

Via ferrata Averau in fog and rain

First full day of my holiday in Italy and yes I brought the weather with me. I was in the Dolomites with a group of friends to walk the Alta Via 1. But before we got trekking we saved out a day to try out a via ferrata.

Climbing a via ferrata

5 short via ferrata trips around Cortina

While I was in the Dolomites in August 2011, I wanted to try out one of the local specialties – a via ferrata. With no prior experience I was looking for a short and relatively easy trip that could be done before our Alta Via 1 trek. Here are five easy to medium difficulty trips […]

Happy days: Edale to Hope and back

I was hiding under the roof of Bicester station, waiting to be picked up in the car, as torrential rain whipped everything around. That was the beginning of my latest walking trip in mid July… not starting that well.