Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Where's Waldo? (the Ancient Version)



Do you see him? Hint: He's holding a gourd full of corn.

This petroglyph panel lies on the San Juan River between Mexican Hat and Bluff, Utah. You'll see this rock art on day five of our Arches & Canyonlands hiking tour. | Photo by: Ken Fuhrer

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tours Selling Out | A Perfect Match for Singles




We have six hiking tours that are close to selling out, and five of them are perfect matches for solo hikers.

Tour du Mont Blanc (July 5-14, 2013)—1 spot left

Engadine Trek (July 8-15, 2013)—2 spots left

Engadine Summit Series (July 14-21, 2013)—1 spot left

Heart of Austria (July 16-23, 2013)—1 spot left

Eiger Trail (August 6-14, 2013)—1 spot left

Italian Dolomites Trek II (September 1-8, 2013)—1 spot left

Now's your chance to join a fun-loving group of fellow hikers. Please drop us a line for more info, or to jump on board.

Image: Daniel Sundqvist leads a hiking group across the Alp di Siusi.
Italian Dolomites Trek, Italy | Staffan Björklund

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ryder Walker | ON THE AIR!


Tune in to Telluride's KOTO Radio tonight to hear a rebroadcast of Maribeth Clemente's interview with Peter Walker and Ken Fuhrer. The show is called Travel Fun, and it airs tonight, Tuesday, at 6:30 PM MST. That's GMT-6:00 for listeners outside of North America. Stream the show live at koto.org. You'll hear Peter and Ken talk about their travels with Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures, Alpenglow Ski Safaris and Telluride Mountain Guides.

Can't make it tonight? No problem. Listen to a podcast of the show anytime at our website or by clicking here.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Your Plane Ticket With Google Flights




We’ve had good luck with Google Flights lately. If you’ve registered for one of our hiking tours, or you’re thinking about registering but still need airline tickets, then check out Google Flights. Like all things Google, the interface is a pleasure to use.

Here’s the quick lowdown: Go to www.google.com/flights

You’ll see a map on the home screen. We love this map because it updates prices in realtime. Just hit the tiny calendar arrows and watch the prices change on demand. Be forewarned, however, a person could waste hours with this thing!

Google will choose your starting point based on your computer’s IP address, but you can change it to anything you like. Likewise, enter your destination and watch the fun begin. Entering your destination will take you to another screen with a list of fares. From here, you can sort by price, number of stops, duration, connecting airports and more. Just choose your filter from one of the drop down menus.

Want to get back to the map? No problem. Just click the upsidedown teardrop to the right of the drop down menus. You’ll see realtime prices as you zoom in.

To the right of the teardrop is a graph icon. This is a great feature for visual types and for travelers with flexible schedules. The graph shows you the lowest fares for weeks at a time. Just hover your mouse over one of the bars to see the price. It’s really easy to spot trends and/or anomolies with this thing. To change the graph, just tinker with your dates and/or the duration.

We recently purchased tickets through Google Flights and we enjoyed the experience. What we like most about Google’s service is the speed at which you can search for fares. As long as you have a decent internet connection, the days of watching the “searching for flights” spiral are over.

Have you used Google Flights recently? How was your experience? Please leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!



Dreaming over a bottle of wine.
Croatia's Dalmatian Coast | By: Ken Fuhrer

Monday, February 04, 2013

Mountain and Desert Awesomeness—Just Out Our Backdoor




"We lie in the sunshine, on the warm grass, and stare at the mountains, the endless snow-covered mountains, range after range, standing beyond the dark forest. The glaciers wink and glitter, running with streams of melted ice. Flowers and ice, sunlight and snow.

On this bright afternoon, in a field of flowers, Alaska seems to me a cold and somber land. After thirty-four years in the American Southwest, after too much time spent dawdling about in places like Grand Canyon, Death Valley, the Maze, the Superstition Mountains, the San Rafael Reef and the Waterpocket Fold, the San Juan Mountains and the Gran Desierto, Baja California, Glen Canyon and the Dirty Devil River, Desolation Canyon and the Pariah River, the Book Cliffs and the Kaiparowits Plateau and Big Bend and White Sands, the Red Desert and Black Rock and Barranca del Cobre, Factory Butte and Monument Valley, Slickhorn Gulch, Buckskin Gulch, Thieves' Mountain, Montezuma's Head, Cabeza de Prieta, Cabezon, Telluride and Lone Pine and the Smoke Creek Desert, Moab and Upheaval Dome, White Rim and Druid Arch - to name but a few - and seeing the full moon rise over the 13,000-foot peaks of Sierra La Sal, while the setting sun turns watermelon pink a 2,000-foot vertical wall of sandstone in the foreground, then - and I'll admit I'm spoiled - then by comparison Alaska seems, well, sort of . . . banal. " -Edward Abbey (1927-1989)

What’s interesting about this passage is that many, if not most, of the places that Abbey mentioned lie just outside our backdoor. In fact, you can visit a bunch of them, including Telluride, Moab, the San Juan Mountains and the Sierra La Sal, by joining one of our North American hiking tours. If, for instance, you dream of “seeing the full moon rise over the 13,000-foot peaks of the Sierral La Sal, while the setting sun turns watermelon pink a 2,000-foot vertical wall of sandstone in the foreground,” then sign up for our Arches & Canyonlands hiking tour. (Hint: You can experience this view virtually anywhere within the vicinity of Moab, Utah.)

While we won’t go so far as to say that Alaska is “banal,” we do agree with Abbey that some pretty cool stuff lies just outside our backdoor. 

Image: Stream hopping in Negro Bill Canyon | Moab, Utah
By: Chris Pranskatis

*Note: The weather was 75 degrees and sunny when we shot this photo. The desert is the perfect cure for the wintertime blues.