Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Incredible Views and Vistas


MSN just listed the region of the Matterhorn and the Alps as one of 10 special places IN THE WORLD to enjoy incredible views and scenic vistas. This might seem like a no-brainer to some, but when listed along side other giants like Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China, it's still pretty cool.

Maybe we should rename our Hiker's Haute Route the Incredible Views and Vistas Adventure.

Photo: By Ken Fuhrer. Taken during lunch on last year's Hiker's Haute Route.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Living the good life.


Grenzlos, one of our house gnomes, likes to travel, and we never really know where he’s going to pop up next. We thought he was in Switzerland, until now.

The Walker family recently returned from a ski trip in Austria and shot this photo while they were there. It appears that Grenzlos is happily spending his time in a region known as the Silvretta, and I can’t say that I blame him. The Silvretta is a very special place.

Peter Walker said this about his recent trip. “We skied from Ischgl, Austria to Davos, Switzerland over the course of ten days. It was sunny throughout with high temperatures in the 60's each day. The slogan for Ischgl, Relax If You Can, barely hints at the number of possibilities in this adventurer’s paradise. The huts are incredible. They have private rooms and showers. One has an indoor climbing wall and also its own private access lift. It also has WiFi and a sauna. Really, it’s pretty deluxe.”

Deluxe indeed.

Please forward a photo if you happen to see Grenzlos during your travels abroad. And please let him know that we could use his help back in the office. He has a knack for slipping away undetected.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Swiss Hiking: Not So Free Anymore.

This has been an interesting topic lately.

Click here to read.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Don't wait too long!


The Red Rock Tour is Sold Out, but we still have a few spaces available on our Italian Dolomites Trek and our Cortina & Lakes of the Dolomites Adventure.

Rooms go fast during this time of year. Don't wait too long!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Where on the Planet?


Our local newspaper, the Telluride Daily Planet, has a special section that they call "Where on the Planet?" The newspaper invites readers to photograph themselves while reading the The Planet in fun places across the globe. During the last few years, we've seen people reading the our newspaper while skydiving in Italy, touring the Taj Mahal, sunbathing in Antarctica, and more.

We have a similar thing going here at Ryder-Walker. Our guests occasionally photograph themselves with Ryder-Walker memorabilia in fun places around the world.



The latest photographs come from Aubrey Whitear, our friend, guest, and unofficial advisor for the Southern Hemisphere.



Aubrey writes, "Thought you guys might like to see a few photos from our recent treks on the Able Tasman and Queen Charlotte tracks in New Zealand.

In Ryder Walker style we felt obliged to rename them the Able Tasman Seaside Stroll and the Queen Charlotte Ridge Ramble. The Able Tasman is a very pleasant coastal walk of about 50 km involving some beach walking, small uphills and estuary crossings."





He adds, "The QC is a bit more serious - 71 km over four days with some decent climbs, around 800 metres in aggregate on the third day. Much of the time on the QC you could believe you were among the Swiss lakes. Anyhow, I'm claiming this as the furthest outpost trekked by a Ryder Walker cap! Now I'm looking forward to August!"

Aubrey claimed New Zealand as the farthest outpost trekked by a Ryder-Walker cap. Can anyone out there lay claim to something further?

Thanks Aubrey! These are great photos. That beach looks really nice following last week's snowstorm.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Global Warming Exposes Ancient Cliff Dwellings

Ryder Walker Guide, Ken Fuhrer, shot this photo during last year's Hiker's Haute Route. Archeologists continue to conduct preliminary investigations of the find, though some experts believe that these structures belonged to the same people that inhabited the southwestern United States many centuries years ago.