Author Archives: Emily Geldard

How to Bake an Alps Blueberry Tart

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Is blueberry tart, or Tarte aux Myrtilles, the most popular tart in the Alps? A regular feature on the menu at mountain refuges and Alps village cafés, this sweet treat never seems to lose its appeal. In fact, I know several people who’ve made it a life goal to find the best Tarte aux Myrtilles   Continue Reading →

Run the Alps Recipes: Switzerland’s Älplermagronen

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Second in our series of Alps recipes is an Alpine take on a US classic. After opening our series with the sweet Tatsch recipe, we thought a comforting savory dish might help all of us get us through these last, lingering days of winter.  Not many dishes are more comforting on a chilly evening than   Continue Reading →

In the High Alps, Where Tough Dogs Guard Sheep

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One of the more unusual aspects of the Alps comes when one enters the high pastures. There, where shepherds have tended flocks for centuries, it’s not uncommon to see dogs guarding the animals. In particular, they are entrusted with protecting the young from predators such as wolves, lynx, foxes and bears. With their beautiful cream-colored coats, these “guardian” dogs often look   Continue Reading →

Is a Self-Guided Trail Running Trip for Me? 

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Just what is a “self-guided” trail running tour? While it’s fairly intuitive how a guided  trail running trip is structured, the idea of a self-guided one is often not so well understood. Self-guided trips are some of the most popular ones that Run the Alps offers, so let’s take a moment to explore them! A self-guided tour means   Continue Reading →

Run the Alps Recipes: A Swiss Pancake Called Tatsch

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As much as we love running the flowy alpine trails of the Alps, stopping along the way at a high mountain hut for a delicious treat is — we confess —  a big part of why we love to trail run here.  All this winter, we’ll be bringing a little bit of that Alps mountain culture home   Continue Reading →

Just what is an International Mountain Leader?

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We’re ridiculously proud of our guides here at Run the Alps. Each of them is a highly skilled trail runner, with a deep knowledge of the trail running scene here in the Alps. They’re also simply wonderful people who are fun to spend time with on and off the trails.  There’s something else each of them has   Continue Reading →

Trail Running Holiday Gifts from the Alps

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Got someone with a little Alps trail running problem on your holiday list? Or, maybe you just want to bring a little bit of the Alps trail running scene home for the holidays? We’ve polled Run the Alps staff and friends for their favorite Alps trail running gift suggestions. Some of these items can be   Continue Reading →

Trail Running (or not) During Confinement

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As federally imposed confinement periods wind down around Europe, we thought we’d check in with our Run the Alps staff, to see how they’ve been coping during this uniquely challenging time. Most of the Run the Alps team is based in the French Alps, where Covid confinement has been particularly strict. To leave the house,   Continue Reading →

The Run the Alps Guide to Alps Trail Running Articles

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The trail running scene in the Alps is one of the most vibrant in the world, offering up interesting personalities, rugged races, and runs that vary from Heidi-like high pastures to highly technical traverses over glaciers and along narrow mountain ridges. Run the Alps staff, guides and friends recently gathered together to create a list   Continue Reading →

The Long and the Short of the Tour du Mont-Blanc

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The Tour du Mont-Blanc is world-famous, drawing hikers and trail runners with its mix of beauty and challenge amid French, Italian and Swiss cultures. As guests plan guided or self-guided Run the Alps trips, we often get asked something along the lines of, “I’m not as strong a runner as my partner. If I take   Continue Reading →