Mont Buet ⇑

running Mont Buet

Mont Buet   ⇑A journey through different zones, huge vertical, a ridgeline traverse and a summit with some of the Alps’ best views→ 25km↑ 2200mΔ 3096M ♦ DifficultCCWI knew Mont Buet from skiing. It’s a classic that feels remote and has a massive view of the Alps, not just of the Chamonix region, but as far as the Matterhorn. The word …

Tête Rousse Hut ⇑

Tête Rousse Hut   ⇑Big up and big down, not to a summit, but to a hut. Lots of running down Mont Blanc.→ 23km↑ 2110mΔ 3150M ♦ DifficultΘ Out & BackThis run is a bit unusual for us. Normally, we’d always go to a summit and not use a hut as the objective. But, being Mont Blanc, with all the many complications …

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Barrhorn ⇑

Trail running Barrhorn

Barrhorn: Switzerland’s Highest Trail     An alpine running tour on the Alps highest official trail   ⇑This Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 25km     ↑ 2033mΔ 3610M ♦ Difficult⇑ EasyΘ CCWAs so many great experiences do these days, this one starts on Google. We’d stumbled upon the Alps highest trail. A trail that goes to …

Diablon des Dames ⇑

Diablon des Dames: Viewpoint to Valais 4000ersQuality & Quantity running and scrambling ⇑→ 18km↑ 1926mΔ 3537M Difficult ⇑ MediumΘ CW LoopCountless road construction projects forced a late start. And a late night pizza order. It was clear we’d be getting down in the dark, and so at the very last minute, decided to order our dinner before heading up for 2000 meters …

Alpjuhorn ⇑

AlpjuhornA summit for when you don’t want it to be too easy   ⇑→ 23km↑ 2135mΔ 3144M Difficult ⇑ MediumΘ CW LoopThis is not our typical tour. The trail isn’t perfect, there’s loose rock on the ridge, and the descent is very overgrown in places. As we climbed to the summit we decided it would not even be going on the site. …

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Mettelhorn ⇑

Mettelhorn: A Zermatt classic with big mountain viewsAll trail from Zermatt into the alpine world   ⇑→ 21km↑ 2176mΔ 3405M Difficult ⇑ MediumΘ CW LoopBig vertical days don’t get much better than this.  We took the first train from Täsch to Zermatt in the morning to have the trails nearly to ourselves as the sun rises. The climb out of town is …

Grand Muveran ⇑

Grand MuveranA fun scramble to a summit above 3000m in a Dolomite like setting.→ 20km     ↑ 1869mΔ 3051M Difficult ⇑ EasyΘ CCW Loop When driving from Chamonix to Zermatt, I would always notice this one big mountain towering over the Rhone Valley. Annoyingly, it was a blank spot in my Swiss geography knowledge. Just ahead of the first snow, I decided …

Dôme ⇑

DômeA trail mountaineering route with a Himalayan look and feel→ 25km     ↑ 2216mΔ 3649M Difficult ⇑ MediumΘ Out & BackAfter running and climbing the Diablon des Dames, we thought we’d have an easier day and run up to the Cabane du Grand Mountet directly beneath several of the 4000 meter peaks we’d stared at the day before. Somehow, our easy …

Wiwannihorn ⇑

Trail running to the Wiwannihorn, a 3000 meter peak in Switzerland's Wallis region, climbing it and running out in the evening during fall colors.

Wiwannihorn: A day of running and climbing 2000 meters gain, buffed single track, and clean rock to a 3000 meter summit→ 20km     ↑ 2189mΔ 3001M Difficult ⇑ MediumΘ CWClimbing the Wiwannihorn One of the best Indian Summers was about to come to an abrupt end and we weren’t quite ready to stop. Being late October, the forecast wasn’t for heavy …

Gspaltenhorn ⇑

Gspaltenhorn A perfect Way Up for climbers who trail run   ⇑→ 22km     ↑ 2350mΔ 3436M Difficult ⇑ MediumΘ Out & BackCombining a 1000 meter tall north face with a shark fin profile, the Gspaltenhorn catches most everyone’s attention. It’s a peak that tourists always ask, “What is that?” The mountain lives up to its name. “Gspalte” means “split”, and from …