Saas Fee Trail Running

The goal of our recent trip to Saas Fee was to run the 4000 meter Lagginhorn, the Alps only non-technical, glacier free 4000 meter peak, which we reported about here. But after staring at the massive landscape surrounding Saas Fee for a day, we decided to extend our visit and see what else we could do. The first thing we did was the …

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The Üssers Barrhorn Highest Trail in Switzerland

When you arrive to the summit after climbing the Üssers Barrhorn, at 3610 meters, you have reached Switzerland’s highest point accessible by an official trail. But this won’t be what’s on your mind. Instead, you’ll be processing what you are standing amongst; flowing glaciers, towering peaks, and perfect views of some of the biggest peaks in the Swiss Alps. The phrase, “This is …

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Hiking or Trail Running Lauterbrunnen to Kandersteg

Two of the most dramatic landscapes in the Swiss Alps are connected by a trail you’ll never forget. On that trail are 3 huts offering overnight stays and good food. From that trail are views of glaciers, 4000 meter peaks, the profile of the Eiger’s north face, and arguably the most scenic alpine lake in Switzerland. I had actually done …

Climbing the Lagginhorn

The 4010 meter Lagginhorn, above Saas Fee, Switzerland, is the only Alps 4000 meter peak that is possible to climb without worry of glacier travel, crevasses or technical climbing. Thanks to these characteristics, we put it at the top of our list for our The Way Up project. The Lagginhorn, while still an alpine summit, is possible in running shoes. Not only running shoes, …

Ultralight Trail Running Gear and The Way Up Project

The Way Up Peak & Trail Running Project Last summer I discovered several peaks in the Alps with enormous elevation gain through all terrain, from valley to alpine summit. Some entirely on trail, others a mix of trail and scrambling. All relatively easy, just big ups, well over 2000 meters of big. In my book, big means fun. It started with …

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Jungfrau Region Trail Running Paradise

I live here and may be a bit biased, but I am going to come out and simply state that Switzerland’s Jungfrau Region is without a doubt one of the best all around trail running destinations I have ever experienced. For 20+ years, trail running has been a huge part of my life. What started as something to do in the …

Creating your own Alps Classic

Trail running in the Swiss Alps

We keep a to do list for days when we don’t have to shoot photos for work. These are the days we typically explore the mountains surrounding where we live in Interlaken, especially areas not so popular. Today we found a tour that certainly qualified for not popular, mildly dangerous even, and far from “classic” status. It was superb in every way, …

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Run the Alps and ALPSinsight

Trail running above Grindelwald, near Interlaken,Switzerland

Why Run the Alps Partnered with ALPSinsight This is a story about Dan and Janine that only a friend can tell. For years, I had seen their photography in places like Trail Runner magazine and the Patagonia catalog. Simply put, they’re two of the best mountain athlete photographers going. Whenever I stumbled across their images, they resonated with me—they reaffirmed …

Inspired in the Alps

“Oh My God! There are people running up that!” “Those are my boys!” To this day, my mom claims it was one of her shining moments. In a gondola car high above the village of Wengen, a fellow rider had shrieked after seeing two dots, steadily grinding their way up switchbacks in high Alp pastures. (In fact, it wasn’t hard …

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Do perfect photos equal a perfect experience?

Trails are a big part of my life. Come winter, my choices get limited to what lies below the snow line. As a result, I find myself exploring the forest. Part of what I do as a photographer is combine my daily trail runs with location scouting and social media posts. But in the forest there are issues; it’s dark, …

PatitucciPhoto Summer 2014 News

Summer is officially here! This means just one thing, staying outside and bouncing around the Alps climbing, running, biking and of course making images of it all for the brands we work with. After returning from Nepal, we made the decision to stay closer to home for the remainder of the year. The more we explore our backyard, the Berner …

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The Hardergrat Interlaken Switzerland

Hiking the Hardergrat. Interlaken, Swiss Alps

Last week an article came out at National Geographic, The World’s 20 Best Hikes, as chosen by some leading figures in the Outdoor Industry. With our photo as the lead, I checked in for a look. The trails, unlike so many “Best Of” lists, were a welcome mix of classics and lesser known, off the beaten path destinations. A trail, …

The Dan and Janine Formula

It’s no secret that many of our images feature us, Dan & Janine, climbing, biking, ski touring and running – all in the mountains. For the last fifteen years, we’ve made the mountains our home and are in them each and every day. Our formula when we shoot ourselves has been simple, do what we love and photograph the experience. Our …

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Running Costa Brava Trail Running Tours

We were lucky enough to be the photographers for a recent trip along Catalunya’s Costa Brava – a trail running tour. Or, to be more precise, a tour of the finest gastronomic delights along a magical section of Mediterranean coastline. One guest put it this way, “The running has been pretty easy, it’s the eating that requires endurance”. The trip was …

Trail Running Pfunderer Höhenweg

The Pfunderer Höhenweg / Alta Via di Fundres Late in the fall of 2008, we found ourselves looking at one of the best ridgeline trails we had ever seen. We were trail running in the Zillertal Alpen above Bruneck and wanted to see a summit we know locals frequent for post work exercise, the Sambock. Once on top, the trail …

Runner’s World Holland Cover

No matter how many times I get an email with the line, “We’d like to use the attached image as… in our…”, I anxiously scroll down to see what image has been chosen. In our case, it isn’t “just” a photo, it’s a piece of our lives, a memory that is going to be shared and used to hopefully inspire …

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Trail Runner Cover June 2011

  Dolomites Trail Running We are excited to once again have the cover of the June 2011 issue of Trail Runner Magazine. This is our eleventh cover for Trail Runner. The image was made in the summer of 2009 when we ran the Dolomite’s Alta Via 1 in four days. The image features our great friends Patrizia Taibon and Gabe …

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PatitucciPhoto Trail Running Photography

Runner's World Germany trail running cover

Trail Runner’s World? It’s great to see the world’s biggest running publication, Runner’s World, giving trail running the attention it deserves. The September 2010 German issue features our image from last year’s multi-day trail running tour of the Dolomite’s Alta Via 1. Hopefully there will be a push in this direction – is Trail Running still the fastest growing segment …

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Trail Runner and Women’s Adventure Cover Images

As professional photographers, it is especially rewarding to see our images on magazine covers. Here are two current issues from two great clients (and friends) Trail Runner and Women’s Adventure Magazines. Both of these should be  just hitting the newstands now.

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Born to Run Ski Bike Climb

Now we understand why the question was continually asked of us when we recently visited the US, “Have you read Born to Run?”. Until now, the answer was, “No”. I typically avoid such books. I don’t read any How to Do anything, avoid “Self Help” as if it were death and entirely ignore any outdoor publications. Why? 1) I don’t …