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 …

Understanding the Swiss Train System for Mountain Sports

Travelers using Swiss trains for getting around Switzerland. The Zermatt train station.

SBB CFF FFS—Nine Letters that make for great trail running The crowd is getting antsy. Agitated, almost. I can feel the tension rising in my own body. I wonder how this scene is going to end. It’s going to break one of two ways, and which outcome arrives is out of our control. In an instant, the automated sign flips. …

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, …

Where to see the Alps Glaciers

Seeing the Alps Glaciers Glaciers are without a doubt one of the most spectacular features of the Alps. They are also one of the most clear indicators that climate change is very real. Where they once cascaded down into villages, now the Alps’ glaciers are primarily found very high or hidden in the deepest shadows. As the very nature of …

Goal Zero Solar for Himalayan Expeditions

For five weeks we were six people completely self sufficient at a very remote 5250 meter basecamp beneath the south face of Shishapangma in the Tibet Himalaya. One of the absolute necessities on a trip like this is power for charging all the numerous electronics so we can work and communicate. If our charging system fails, or doesn’t work – we …

Suunto Traverse Track Back Feature

One of the additional ideas with the ALPSinsight platform is to include what gear works well in the mountains. This then is the first entry with gear, and not a trip or story, as the subject. Over the winter we received some of the new Suunto watches to use and shoot in our work as photographers. The Traverse quickly became …

Tibet Himalaya Trekking Surprise

Arms raised walking through the Himalaya

Traveling in the Tibet Himalaya requires permits and permission, in abundance. What you do needs to be cleared, authorized and in accompaniment of a CTMA (China Tibet Mountaineering Association) liaison officer. The itinerary that gets permitted will apparently never be modified. It is what it is, fixed. So with great disbelief we were set free to be on our own …

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Shishapangma South Face with Ueli Steck and David Göttler

Ueli Steck and David Göttler packing climbing gear

May 29, 2016: Kathmandu, Nepal When I started as a photographer I simply wanted to document what I saw, to be a journalist, a National Geographic type shooting assignments where I responded to and anticipated situations. But, I was a mountain guy and had been working in the outdoor industry with many friends and connections, which I would soon realize …

There’s no such thing as indoor training for cyclists in the Alps

I was born and raised on the shores of Lake of Geneva, which is one of the few flat areas in Switzerland. But I was never far from the mountains, and I loved climbing as soon as I started riding and racing at the age of 12. 15 years ago, I had the opportunity to move to the ski resort …

Expectations on the Berner Oberland Ski Tour

It can happen. A trip gone wrong. But while one person sees failure, another sees, and even appreciates, the experience for what it is. “It” is what you make of it. The Berner Oberland ski tour taught me some lessons. Last week we set out for six days of ski touring in the Berner Oberland’s Aletsch Arena. For me, as a …

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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 …

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The Swiss Alps Hut System

Like most every American visiting the Alps for the first time, I simply could not believe the Swiss hut system. “Let me get this straight… I don’t have to carry a tent,  sleeping bag, stove, pots, food, etc…?” “Correct.” “That doesn’t leave much to carry.” “Correct again.” This is usually followed by a slow transition into “day packs” for “multi-day” …

PatitucciPhoto Published Photography

Rock & Ice Ascent Magazine

Outdoor Industry Photography Even after 17 years working as pro mountain sport photographers for the outdoor industry, it still feels great to see our work used in prominent places. Likes and followers are great for social media, but there’s still nothing like magazine covers and ads. In other words… printed work. For Big Stone Publishing, the producers of Rock & …

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Introducing ALPSinsight

After spending the vast majority of the last 16 years playing and working in the Alps, it was inevitable that we would have to do something to share our photography, knowledge, enthusiasm and stories, from what we believe is the most motivating and beautiful place on earth. Thanks to meeting a certain Swiss girl in photography school back in 1999, many doors opened …

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Desert Sand Dune Skiing Morocco

Sand skiing in the Sahara Desert

In a way we did end up ski touring, but nothing like what we set out to do when we decided to go to Morocco. The High Atlas Mountains, and the 4000 meter Toubkal Peak was our goal. Our reality were the Merzouga Sand Dunes and a few 130 meter piles of sand. There, we rode camels and did a ski …

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, …