Cicerone publisher Jonathan Williams makes an early-season trip to one of France’s great one-week treks, a tour in the Vanoise that has pretty much everything the trekker wants, and almost nothing he or she doesn’t.
Kev Reynolds knows the Alps like no one else. He tells us about a trek in the little-known Silvretta and Rätikon Alps, the mountain regions that straddle the Swiss-Austrian border. Characterful huts, sleepy alpine villages and remote and mysterious peaks and valleys make up this area.
In the summer of 2016, Robert Loudon and Jean Blackwood trekked across Switzerland on the Alpine Pass Route (also known as Via Alpina 1). Here, Robert shares his fantastic photos of the hike.
The GR5 is one of the world's classic treks. The section through the French Alps takes nearly a month and involves long distances, big climbs and staying in high mountain huts. Jonathan Arlan chose it as his first long distance walk. Literally. Here, he recounts a tough section that he encountered early on in the trek: the infamous Crête des Gittes ridge.
Earlier this year James, Dave and Paul ventured out to Val d’Isère to try some backcountry skiing and snowboarding. The lads from High Wycombe climb a summit, ski and board perfect powder snow and stay in a mountain hut. Dave also falls off a ski lift.
Fancy some winter walking among spectacular Alpine scenery? Then follow Steve Davison as he explores Kandersteg in Switzerland.
Cicerone's Joe Williams recently competed the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc - A 170km (105 miles) mountain race with 10,000m of ascent around Month Blanc. Here he tells his personal story of this epic event.
Third and final article in the series, covering the logistics of trekking the GR5 long distance hiking trail. The route goes from the North Sea to the Mediterranean through The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and parts of Switzerland.
Walking the full GR5 from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. This 2300km journey passes through the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and small parts of Switzerland. The historical interest of the walk is discussed here.
Inspiring article on trail running in Chamonix and the Mont Blanc region in the Alps. Kingsley Jones describes the best routes and the pleasures of running in the Alps.