The last hut trip of 2014 was a corker. We ended up in a very well visited part of the Valais but managed to avoid the crowds of iPad equipped tourists by being shown some lesser known trails in the area by some local friends. The weather was warm, the trails were dusty, loose and fast and there […]Read more "The Swiss Finale"
Day one of this trip consisted of a few hours of climbing, some fun descending and 45 minutes or so of pushing and hiking to get to our overnight stop, somewhere high in the Swiss Alps. After the usual comfortable, but strangely sleepless night (I can fall asleep at the dinner table after a day […]Read more "Off Grid – Day 2"
Switzerland is not that big. There is no real wilderness and wherever you are, you never seem to be far from civilization. There is always a farm house, a mountain hut, a chair lift or a rotating restaurant filled with tourists taking photos of the mountains on their iPads, just around the corner. For this […]Read more "Off Grid – Day 1"
Not much of a story to tell about this one, so here is a summary: 2 days, 1800m of climbing, 6000m of descending (including the Brazilian and the Argentinian), 1 night in a mountain hut (Cabane des Becs du Bosson), great “artisinal” beer, good light, 1 Post Bus, 2 gondolas, 1 cabin, snoring and sleep […]Read more "The South American Connection"
For the last couple of years we had been hunting for something big to do in the Alps with our bikes, either in the form of a huge descent, high peak or a combination of both. Most regular riding here tops out at about 3000m, which is pretty high but given that there are many […]Read more "The Barrhorn – Getting High With My Friends"