Monday, November 16, 2015

Read Our 2016 Hiking Tour Catalog Online

It's a real pleasure to flip through our new 2016 digital hiking tour catalog. You can turn pages like a magazine, zoom in, print out a copy, and download a pdf version if you like.

You'll also find new trips, smart tips, feature stories and more inside.

New for this year's catalog:

Peter Walker talks about the founding of Ryder-Walker on page four and gives a definitive answer to the question asked by thousands of Ryder-Walker guests, "Where does the 'Ryder'in Ryder-Walker come from?"

We announce new hiking tours in Iceland, England, Switzerland, PatagoniaSpain, and the Rocky Mountains.

Ryder-Walker presents limited edition merchandise for sale on page 11, including sexy fleece jackets, form-fitting baseball caps and thermally intelligent beverage storage devices.

Also on page 11, we offer limited edition paintings (originals and prints) of our three favorite alpine scenes (the Val Ferret, Val Travenanzes and Val Bregaglia), commissioned by us and painted by award-winning artist Wayne McKenzie. These would make great Christmas gifts!

We also hear stories about Ryder-Walker guides Ken Fuhrer and Ace Kvale. Ken celebrates his 20th Anniversary with Ryder-Walker in 2016, and Ace is trying to raise $60,000 to support the reconstruction efforts going on in Nepal after the recent devastation there. Way to go guys!

There's a whole lot more inside. 

We hope you enjoy our new catalog. Please share with your friends and, as always, contact us to put your name on a tour.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Join Our NEW Hiking Tour in Eastern Switzerland

Did you know that we have a new hiking tour in Switzerland? Well, we do. It's called the Alpino Vino Wunderbar.

Wait? Didn't we offer this trip last year? And the year before?

Yes we did! The Alpino Vino Wunderbar is kind of like a hiking tour grab bag. Every bag is different. We change the itinerary each year in order to show you the most exciting (and often undiscovered) corners of the Alps. This year we're staying entirely in eastern Switzerland and visiting the regions of Appenzell, Klosters and the Engadine.

What you get:

Gaze across four different countries from atop the Hoher Kasten (5,876 feet). Five thousand feet may not seem very high, but consider this: You'll get 360 degree panoramic photos of Lake Constance, Germany; the Voralberger Alps in Austria; the rugged hill country of Liechtenstein; and the bucolic countryside of Appenzell, Switzerland. Whew!

You'll also have lunch at a traditional working farm, and you'll follow special hiking trails carved into  the twisted, tortured and malformed limestone. There are wildflowers too!

What else?

A private van will transfer the group to Klosters, a trendy ski resort with awesome hiking out the back door. Austria is just a stone's throw away, so virtually every hike offers rewarding views of Austria's glacier capped peaks. You'll also hike past quintessential cuckoo clock chalets on trails that have been in use for hundreds, (if not thousands) of years.

An exclusive treat.

Our guides will show you a secret hiking trail from Klosters to the Engadine. No other Ryder-Walker trip follows this route. You'll also hike beneath a peak called the Fl├╝ela-Wisshorn (10,121 feet) and you'll picnic at sparkling, high alpine lakes. One of the highlights of this tour is the walk into the Val Minger and the Val Plavna, rugged mountain valleys that stretch south from our hotel. There are some really beautiful mountains that surround these valleys including the Piz Lischana, Piz Minger, Piz Pisco and the Piz Plavna Dadaint (10,390 feet). The Piz Plavna Dadaint is basically 6,000 feet higher than our hotel in the Engadine Village of Scuol. The elevation change is striking!

Are you sold yet? Check out the itinerary for more info. Then call or send us an email to reserve your spot. See you in Switzerland!

Photos by Ken Fuhrer