Monday, August 25, 2014

Exploring Italy's Via Ferrata



Guided tours rock! RW guides Daniel Sundqvist and Babsi Glanznig (behind the camera), took our Alpino Wunderbar guests on a Via Ferrata outside of Cortina, Italy. 


Via Ferrata literally means “iron road” in Italian, and many Via Ferratas have their roots in World War I when they were installed to aid troop movements across the rugged peaks of the Italian Dolomites.


Despite the name, a Via Ferrata is certainly not a "road." Via Ferratas are generally climbing routes with nothing more than a thin steel rope or a small iron step precariously bolted to the rock for safety.

What the Via Ferrata lack in walkability they more than make up for in scenery. The views from these high mountain "paths" are breathtaking. This particular segment crosses Monte Averau (2,649 meters), a tower-like mountain in the Averau-Nuvoleau mountain group of northern Italy's Dolomite range.


While the troops are long gone, the iron roads remain, and they offer an exhilarating way to explore some of the most rugged corners of the Alps. 

Note: Next Year's Alpino Wunderbar explores the three alpine villages of Chamonix, France, Courmayeur and Cogne, Italy. Will you join us? Please email us for more details

Photos: by Babsi Glanznig

Saturday, August 16, 2014

2015 Schedule Online | Book Early and Save!



Our new 2015 guided hiking tour schedule is online

We're proud to announce three new tours for 2015; Sicily, the Brenta Dolomites and the Alpino Vino Wunderbar. Wait? Didn't we offer the Alpino Vino Wunderbar last year? We sure did, but we're offering a new itinerary for 2015. The new trip visits the famous alpine resort villages of Chamonix, France, Courmayeur and Cogne, Italy.  

Wait, there's more! Book a trip between now and September 15th and we'll give you this year's price. This deal applies to guidedprivate, and self guided tours.

What if you're still working on dates for your private or self-guided tour? No problem! Just send us your deposit and let us know when you have your dates. We're happy to hold you a spot while you plan your itinerary. 

Let us plan your dream vacation! Just give us a call, or send us an email.

#BookEarlyAndSave

Friday, August 01, 2014

*NEW InstaParapluie by Terese



Introducing the new InstaParapluie by Terese. Just activate the onboard deployment system and VOILA! Within seconds, you’ll have effective protection from rain or sun.

Based on similar technology used by today’s popular avalanche airbag systems, the new InstaParapluie by Terese deploys instantly with the tug of a small cord. Never again will you suffer the indignity of a freak cloud burst, the mental exhaustion of a day-long drizzle, or the embarrassing sunburn that often accompanies an otherwise perfect day filled with UV rays. The InstaParalpluie by Terese has you covered.

Add a touch of class and versatility to your next day hike or long distance trek. Note: The InstaParapluie by Terese is not available in stores. Look for it on Kickstarter, and reserve yours today!

Image: Terese Broderick | Tour du Mont Blanc 2014