Wildflowers of Switzerland’s Zermatt – More Than Just the Edelweiss

Switzerland’s Zermatt is easily accessible to both the serious walker (who will enjoy the 400km/249mi of trails) and the less fit visitor (who will enjoy the mountain railways which give easy access to some areas). For such an accessible region, it’s an alpine flora treasure trove for even the most serious botanists. As a bonus, this beautiful area also enjoys …

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How to Buy the Right Backpack for your Day Hike

After boots, one of the other important items for a walker is the backpack. A poorly-fitting or poor quality rucksack can make walking a miserable experience, so it’s worth taking the time, and spending the money to make the right choice of backpack for your walking holiday. If you don’t have to be self-contained and can rely on a roof …

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Hypothermia: What is it and How to Avoid it

When you walk in the hills you should be aware of the symptoms and treatment of hypothermia. Even more importantly, you should know how to avoid it in the first place! What is Hypothermia? Sometimes called “exposure” hypothermia can be fatal. If a person is hypothermic their core body temperature drops lower than 35 C. There is a range of …

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Planning a Walking Holiday in Europe? Let Us Help!

Planning a walking holiday in Europe is an exciting proposition. But excitement can quickly give way to information overload as your research a myriad of walking tour operators, mountain regions, hotels, and transport connections. Although search engines will give you a lot of information – that’s not quite the same as useful information. Trying to find the best walking tour …

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St. Peter’s Anglican in Zermatt – An English Church, An Alpine Sanctuary

If you’re strolling around Zermatt, you will immediately notice St. Peter’s, a cosy, country-style church up on the hill with Matterhorn looming in the background. Go inside to see the plaque-lined walls that honour past mountain climbers and outside to visit the Mountaineer’s cemetery. You can also go inside if you’d like to attend a worship service, talk one-on-one with …

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Winter Walking in the Alps

In the Alps, more and more ski resorts and surrounding villages/towns are realizing that not every outdoor fan is interested in downhill and cross country skiing or snowboarding. A niche market is developing for people who prefer a gentler winter experience, away from the crowds. Your mind might automatically think snow-shoeing, but there is also an increasing number of winter …

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