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. It had said, En retard, douze minutes. Now it reads, En retard, vingt minutes. I …

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, and a tour we’ll never forget. Not for the route, but for the obstacles, surprises, …

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 at Shishapangma’s south face basecamp. Maybe the CTMA official didn’t want to spend up to …

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 of  Villars/Gryon in the French speaking part of the Swiss Alps.  And I never looked back. …

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 professional photographer, I had two magazines, one commercial blog, and this very website that I …

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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 an emotional connection I have to the Alps. It’s a place I’ve loved for years. …