Monday, 5 July 2010

Summertime and Big News for 2011!

Summer is definitely here at last. We've had two weeks of hot sun and it's set to continue. This is making for excellent trekking conditions.

There is still a lot of snow on the cols above 2300m, especially on the shady sides, but it's melting fast.

I just spent a week hiking the Italian part of the TMB and then moving onto lesser known trails in Switzerland. I was fortunate to be accompanied by some of the nicest people ever - what a great way to start the season - Thanks Michael, Denise, Eric and Gabrielle.

Although the winter seems a long way away right now (thank goodness!) it's time for me to start thinking about the Snowshoeing Season. Flights for the winter are cheap right now so this is also a good time to book. My Snowshoe Calendar for 2011 can be found on this link:

And last but certainly not least, 2011 will be a very special year as we'll be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Trekking in the Alps. How exciting is that? I intend that every trek / trip will be extra special fun and I'll be inaugurating a new idea:

Creaky Knees Specials. Do you want to be in the mountains but find the downhills an ordeal? Do stiff knees at the end of the day ruin your mountain hikes? Look no further there is a life after cartilage! Creaky Knees Specials: 4 and 6 day trips featuring challenging mountain hikes but with minimal downhill. After 20 years guiding here I can plan walks that take us high into the hills, with great views and spectacular terrain, and we'll use lifts / transfers to descend. There will inevitably be some downhill, but as little as possible - and you're allowed to limp a little! If you're fit but have knees / hips / ankles that are wearing out - these are the trips for you. Full programme will be available in Sept 2010 but do email me for more details, or indeed to tell me what you think of this idea.