Author Archives: Emily Geldard

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 →

Our Favorite Alps Trail Racing Films

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We’re psyched to hear you enjoyed the collection we curated of our favorite Alps trail running films. We got great feedback on it! Several of the races below are partners with Run the Alps, and we have entries available each season, as part of our Run the Alps trips. Contact us for details.  So, grab   Continue Reading →

Our Favorite Alps Trail Running Videos

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We finally ticked off a project we’ve long wanted to tackle–  pulling together a definitive list of our favorite trail running videos from the Alps. Some are well-known classics, others are fascinating glimpses into the past, and a few are interesting homemade clips we’ve enjoyed over the years.  Now, they’ll all in one place! Shamelessly, we’d   Continue Reading →

Via Valais Trail Running Trip Stars on the Patagonia Catalog

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For the first time, Patagonia’s catalog features trail running on its front cover – and we’re psyched that it’s the new Via Valais route. The Via Valais roughly follows the famous backcountry skiing and hiking “Haute Routes” from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland, though it starts a bit closer to Zermatt, in the high mountain   Continue Reading →

Tahoe Wilderness Medicine Coming to Chamonix

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This summer we’re psyched to welcome Tahoe Wilderness Medicine to Chamonix for a special Run the Alps trip. This unique experience combines wilderness medicine continuing education with the an introduction to trail running in one of the best places in the world to try it out– Chamonix, France and Courmayeur, Italy. So what’s it like? What better way,   Continue Reading →

What do Run the Alps Guides do in the Winter? Well…

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It goes with saying that all our guides spend most of their summer trail running, but they also keep busy during the winter months, too! Here’s a look at what some of the team is up to now that the Alps are covered in a mantle of snow.  This winter Mark Brightwell continues to lead people on trips   Continue Reading →