Friday, May 24, 2013

Props for Mike Thurk and Peter Inglis



Congrats to Ryder-Walker trip leaders Mike Thurk and Peter Inglis. Mike recently passed his EMT exam and ‘Pi’ passed his AMGA ski mountaineering exam.

We tried to catch up with Mike and Pi , but they're both on Denali at the moment (North America’s tallest peak). Please be sure to slap some high fives the next time you see them. Way to go Mike and Pi!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dunton Hot Springs—A ghost town comes back to ultra-luxurious life.


It’s no secret that we’re proud of our Telluride Trek. There aren’t many places in the United States where a person can put together an inn-to-inn hiking tour like the one that we’ve assembled in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. If you like our village-to-village hiking tours in Europe, but you’ve been yearning for something in the U.S, then check out our Telluride Trek. You get all the hotel-to-hotel hiking goodness that we offer in Europe, with a Texas-sized sampling of the Old West. Think of it as a Heidi-gets-it-on-with-John Wayne kind of tour.

One of the highlights of our Telluride Trek is an overnight stay at Dunton Hot Springs resort. Originally established as a mining town in 1885, Dunton recently earned a reputation as a secluded luxury hideaway with a sophisticated touch of historic ambiance and rustic charm. We love this place! Even more, Dunton recently caught the eye of bon appetit magazine, earning a top five spot on their list of Best Food Lover’s Hotels in America. Check out the article, then put on your ten-gallon hat and join us for a soak beneath a starry western sky. Who knows? You might just see John Wayne and Heidi at the opposite end of the pool.

Be sure to visit Dunton's homepage for a slideshow of their award-winning property, and visit our website for a look at the Telluride Trek.



Tuesday, May 07, 2013

In the Alps of Goethe and James Bond


Here's a really nice story from the New York Times about hiking through the Berner Oberland region of central Switzerland. Even if you're not a James Bond fan, (would you admit it?), you'll enjoy reading about the snow-capped summits, cascading waterfalls and flower-filled meadows that grace so many photographs from Switzerland's most famous region.

If you are a James Bond fan, then you'll enjoy reading about the Schilthorn, the setting for the 1969 Bond flick On Her Majesty's Secret Service and the centerpiece of this article. In fact, you may want to book a plane ticket after reading this piece. The Schilthorn Cableway will open Bond World 007 during the summer of 2013, in addition to a new viewing platform at the Piz Gloria. The new viewing platform is the first step in a series of renovations leading up to the Cableway's 50th anniversary in 2017.

Enjoy this story, and don't forget about our own collection of hiking tours that explore the Berner Oberland region. From loop hikes to point-to-point expeditions, (custom or standard), we can send you anywhere you'd like to go in the Bernese Oberland. Let us plan the perfect Switzerland hiking tour!