Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

From the Ryder-Walker Staff.
Photo taken in Blatten (Lötschental)-Secret Swiss Valleys

Monday, October 27, 2008

Photo of the Week: Attending a sunrise Mass (of ice).

Welcome to the first installment of "Photo of the Week." I have so many photos that I could actually upload a photo each day. Maybe I will. We have some other special features coming up for this fall, so we'll stick with this for now.

I shot this photo along the Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Aletsch glacier is 24 km long (approximately 15 miles), and around 1.6 km wide (1 mile), making the total surface area around 66 square miles. Other reputable sources may differ on the exact length and width of the glacier, I've seen variants of one or two km for length, but they all agree that the Aletschgletscher is the largest glacier in Western Europe. They also agree that it's melting.

In August 2007, Greenpeace directed a photo shoot that enlisted 600 volunteers to get completely nude and lay down on the ice. Greenpeace said the aim of the shoot was to “establish a symbolic relationship between the vulnerability of the melting glacier and the human body”. Greenpeace added that the Aletsch ice mass retreated by 115m in two years alone.

I didn't get nude, but I did get up early for this shot. There's something special about hiking by yourself along a giant piece of ice at sunrise. The air feels comfortably still. It's almost as if the mass of ice is so large that its own gravity quiets the surrounding environment. A tumbling rock and a falling piece of ice occasionally break the silence, but the stillness quickly returns.

This is a popular stop on our Secret Swiss Valleys Tour.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's that time of year again!

We're putting the finishing touches on next year's catalog and we have a new website coming on line. We also have a few exciting surprises for next season so please stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

It's official.

Fall is here and Telluride looks spectacular in her autumn robe.

I shot this photo last week during the conclusion of the Telluride Trek. We try to time this tour with the peak of the autumn foliage. It looks like we nailed it!

Monday, October 06, 2008

2009 Schedule Changes.

I'd like to mention a few 2009 schedule changes. Most notably, we will not run two Secret Swiss Valleys Tours next year. We replaced the first Secret Swiss Valleys trip, July 13-20, with a new exploration in Austria. We've always been big fans of Austria so we're extremely excited about this change.

Additionally, the Secret Swiss Valleys Tour that we ARE running from August 19-26, 2009, just sold out. If you had your mind set on this tour then please contact us. We'll try to find an appropriate solution.

Please contact Ryder-Walker with any questions regarding these tours. This is also the best time to schedule private tours for 2009. Please drop us an email or give us a call, 888-586-8365 or 970.728.6481.

You can also visit our web page for more specific information regarding these tours.

Cheers!

2009 Ryder-Walker Schedule

European Tours

Italian Dolomites Trek: June 15-22, 2009

Cortina & the Lakes of the Dolomites: June 24-30, 2009

Tour du Mont Blanc: July 3-12, 2009

The Heart of Austria-NEW!: July 13-20, 2009

Golden Pass Route: July 24-30, 2009

Engadine Trek: July 24-31, 2009

Eiger Trail: August 1-9, 2009

Engadine Summit Series: August 11-18, 2009

Jungfrau Ramble: August 11-18,2009

Secret Swiss Valleys: August 19-26, 2009

Hiker's Haute Route: August 19-28, 2009

Jubilaum 25th Anniversary Tour-NEW!: August 28-September 5, 2009

Otzi Trek: September 9-September 16, 2009

Appenzell Hut Hop: September 17-22, 2009


U.S. Tours

Red Rock Country: May 4-12, 2009

Telluride Trek I: September 11-19, 2009

Telluride Trek II: September 22-30, 2009