The Via Valais Discussion

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7 entries.
Paulo Paulo wrote on May 29, 2019 at 9:29 pm:
From what I see it's not possible to download the GPXs from, not even after having created a standard account. Is this the expected behavior? The 3D maps are beautiful, but without a GPX are worthless.
Admin Reply by: Dan Patitucci
Try the Fatmap stage pages now - you should be able to download the GPX files again. Sorry about that!
Shine Shine wrote on April 22, 2019 at 5:08 am:
Hi, someone might have asked before regarding the GPX file. Every time I click on the FATMAP of each stage (the map is excellent by the way) , it will lead me to the FATMAP app but the app will shows ALL the trails map which is full of cross crossing line instead of the just the stage map that I wanted to save . Did I do something wrong or is there specific way to do that ? Thanks!
Admin Reply by: Dan Patitucci
I also saw this and notified Fatmap, it seems fixed and now only the Via Valais route is visible on the larger map. Works for me, but please let us know on your end. Thanks!
Enrico Enrico wrote on March 27, 2019 at 7:48 pm:
The SBB luggage transport system is only working with a valid train ticket for the same distance as the bag is going. Or if you've got a GA. 😉 Or have you found out a trick and are willing to share?
Will Hawkins Will Hawkins wrote on March 12, 2019 at 8:13 pm:
Hello! I am planning to do the route in August! Are you able to offer .gpx files of the stages or a single of the whole? I'd love to drop the route onto swisstopo
Admin Reply by: Dan Patitucci
All the gpx files are available within Fatmap if you go to the actual map page. Just click on the map and it'll take you to Fatmap where you can use their app (great) or download the file if you have an account.
Alain Imboden Alain Imboden wrote on March 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm:
First an amazing book and now the Via Valais. Your project is extremely well designed with amazing maps and perfectly fitted for trail runners. I know now what to do this summer! Do you plan to organise running camps in the future?
Admin Reply by: Dan Patitucci
Hi Alain, thanks so much for writing and the excitement for the trail. We don't offer any running camps, but our partners at are offering guided and self guided tours of the Via Valais. I can help connect you if you like. Thank you again, Dan & the Team
Dieter Dieter wrote on January 28, 2019 at 7:52 am:
Great Project!! Where to download the gps-tracks? Dieter
Admin Reply by: Dan Patitucci
Hi Dieter, Looks like you found our Via Valais site before it has gone public, we are getting ready to launch it! We're just waiting on the maps to be finished and it'll be linked from our Elevation : The Alps Trail & Peak Running Resource site. Hang tight and the route will be available. All the best, Dan
Dan Patitucci Dan Patitucci wrote on January 17, 2019 at 8:43 pm:
I suppose we are the first ones who get to post here as we're the only ones who have done the Via Valais. We thought it was so good that we decided to introduce it to the world and build this beautiful guide to it. Now it's your turn to discover this tour and share your thoughts. Enjoy! Dan, Janine and Kim - aka, the ALPSinsight Team