Monthly Archives: April 2016

A Trail Running Guide Like None Other

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Is Chamonix the world capital of trail running? It’s a topic we’ve considered before. The valley and surrounding peaks draw trail runners from around the world. And, now, the region has a comprehensive trail running guidebook, thanks to the hard work of Cicerone, the British-based publisher of hiking and climbing guides. In fact, the 121-page   Continue Reading →

Trail Running the Alps: What I Really Want to Tell Clients

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This article originally appeared in The American Trail Running Association‘s (ATRA) newsletter, Trail Times, in April 2016. Run the Alps is a corporate member of ATRA, whose mission is to represent and promote mountain, ultra, and trail running in the United States. Run the Alps encourages you to join ATRA and support trail running across the US. Here’s   Continue Reading →

Running the Niesen — Minus the Staircase

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I’ve heard of a lot of downright twisted trail races over the years. There’s Mount Marathon in Seward, Alaska. (Check out this rather intense video of the race.) There’s Fully, Switzerland’s Vertical KM, considered one of the steepest, most direct vertical races the world. Nearby Leukerbad has its quirky thermal sprint. There are plenty of others. And then   Continue Reading →

Mountain Riders: Raising Environmental Awareness in the Alps

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What should Alp trail runners keep in mind, to lessen their environmental impact when running through pastures and over high cols? We set out to find out, courtesy of the French nonprofit, Mountain Riders. Based in Chambéry, France, the goal of Mountain Riders is to increase awareness and educate the public about the importance of protecting   Continue Reading →