Swiss Alps Trail Running Summary

Our Run the Alps Switzerland Summary “It’ll be far more work than you imagine.” Many friends who had previously done books warned us, but we didn’t take this so seriously. How could running and documenting 30 of the best runs we could find in the Swiss Alps end up being too much work? After all, we had the summer and …

Camelbak Trail Running Pack Review

Trail running in the Salbit, Swiss Alps

Camelbak Trail Running Packs Trail running in the Alps almost every day of the summer and fall, gave us plenty of opportunity to try new gear. Late in the summer, Camelbak sent us some of their new performance trail running packs. What we found is worth sharing. Trail Running Pack Use We used these packs for both short and full …

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Running the Glacier Haute Route

The idea to run the Glacier Haute Route evolved in about a two minute conversation with our Run the Alps Switzerland book partner, Kim Strom. Driving to Arolla for a run, we spotted the expanse of glaciers at the end of the valley that surround Mont Collon. Seeing them reminded me of 2013 when we hiked the Glacier Haute Route. …

The Trail Running Athlete Photographer Balance

For twenty years, I’ve been both an athlete and professional photographer. The ten years prior to becoming a photographer, I was a full time athlete, keeping busy as a rock climber and road bike racer. When I became a photographer, my two worlds merged. Then, together with my wife Janine, we made a career out of this lifestyle. My “I” …

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You did not run there! We ran there!

I recently came across the social media hash tag #youdidnotsleepthere. In case you haven’t seen it, it’s a feed of nothing but photos being called out as bullshit. I see this stuff all the time, we all do. It drives me crazy. To see a kayak on a lake in the Alps with views of the Matterhorn is beautiful. But …

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Announcing our Run the Alps Trail Running Book Project

I distinctly remember finding myself at a Swiss mountain hut with an early generation Salomon running vest and hydration hose. It had taken me more than a few runs to get up the nerve to actually wear the thing where I might be seen. France was one thing, Switzerland was another. Going to a hut with it was not part of the plan, but …

A Trail Runs Through It

This is the story about the start of a company. But it’s also the story of the Alps, in a sense. When I started Run the Alps, the first thing I did was gather together some friends and go trail running. We ran quiet trails in little-known valleys. We made notes, took photos, and I imagined sharing these places with …

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Best Outdoor Gear Sony a6000

I’ve been talking a lot about Sony after having mostly switched to using Sony after 17 years with Canon. For us, this was a huge, and very complicated decision. What got me interested in the Sony system was our need for a camera to take running, or for any activities where weight was critical – but so too quality. Much …

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Best Outdoor Gear Hydrapak Soft Flasks

Patitucci Picks for Best Outdoor Gear As someone who uses outdoor gear almost every day of the year for work, daily training, and for general mountain life, I wanted to share some stand out products that have become our favorite items. No company is paying for any of this, I’m just trying to share what we’ve found to work perfectly based …

Fall News and Summer Summary

All New Website Our big news is that we have launched an all new website, with new Portfolios and Project Galleries. In the past, our portfolio was kept to a minimum, but now thanks to a new layout we can showcase a lot more images from 15 years of shooting. You’re already on the site, but the official landing page is …

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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Sony Alpha a6000 Review for Mountain Sports

We are not camera reviewers or even remotely interested in camera tech. We just make photos, concentrating on the experience, with familiar gear we know to be reliable and of the highest quality. However, as professional photographers and athletes, we have long dreamt of a small camera capable of making perfect images for publication. One that would also have to …

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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 …

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PatitucciPhoto Spring News

The European winter of 2013 seems to never end – even with spring officially upon us, the days are cold, snowy, and the forecast often without much sun. For some projects, this has been perfect, for others, well…. we could use some real spring. With an unusually heavy assignment workload, there has been little in terms of stock shooting the …

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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Newly Published Trail Running and Backpacking Photos

Here are a few examples of some recently published work in American outdoor magazines, all three of of whom we have been working with for a very long time. Both Backpacker and Runner’s World are magazines we started working with back in 1999 and our first days in business. The magazine Trail Runner didn’t come along for another few years but …

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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 …