21 Aug Destination Inspiration
Hiking highs and sunny skies
What an incredible high altitude summer we’ve had. The cool air and beautiful vistas have inspired us all season. From summiting 4000 meter-high mountains to hiking the Haut route, we have also had the privilege of soaking up nature’s drama with the most wonderful guests.
Adventure before dementia
A mature couple who recently traveled with us used this motto: adventure before dementia. They could happily keep up with any strong hiker. A pleasure to be with, never giving up or complaining, when the going got tough they always had a nice word to say, and took time to appreciate the magnificent panoramas surrounding them. They have been a true inspiration for us and a good reminder as to why we love to plan trips for all types of people.
Beating the heat
We have been blessed with amazing sunny skies this summer but the extreme heat has brought extreme evening storms, and two of our brave clients narrowly escaped spending the night outdoors. Luckily our guide was quick-thinking and the girls were good at running with crampons on. All were rewarded with a hearty 2 Michelin starred feast and a sumptuous five star hotel.
Be well kitted out
A big part of being comfortable is having the right kit. Shoes or boots are probably the hardest things to get right but a comfortable backpack, the right socks, rain gear and appropriate jacket and trousers are key for high mountain hiking. After discarding yet another pair of trousers ripped by crampon spikes I feel qualified as an experienced expert on this subject.
How to pack for a refuge
A night in a refuge is an unmissable experience but packing for it can be tricky. Everything needs to be carried on your back and each extra kilo can drain your energy when hiking. Less is more, and a small backpack or the discipline to not fill a larger one is essential. Miniatures are ideal, such as a mini toothbrush, travel-size toothpaste and trial sizes of sunscreen. But remember: the essentials go into the back pack first including crampons, a harness and, depending on your hike, perhaps an ice axe. These can weigh you down to start with, not to mention the water you’ll need. At Swisskisafari we are happy to help you out with all of this on a hike safari with us.
Winter is coming
While hiking in our days off we are already thinking about winter. The best trips are the ones we start planning now, so get in touch: we are looking forward to planning your next alpine adventure already.