trails + tents

Pfeishutte: An Austrian Alp Adventure

When I booked my flight to Switzerland "alpine huts" were high on my to-do list. I wanted to go back + soak up a few more sunsets [+ rises] from the stone stoop of Swiss Alpine Club huts. In 2015 I had visited about 10 SAC huts + I wanted more. More, more, more. I even purchased a membership at the Swiss Alpine Club to get dibs on some great overnight discounts. Guess how many SAC huts I stayed at?! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Trail Fail: How NOT To Yurt Trip

Trail Fail: How NOT To Yurt, Cabin or Hut Trip

There are a bajillion + a half blog posts, articles + flashy insta-stories out there telling you how to properly, safely + comfortably go on a yurt trip. So, for the sake of trying something new, let's talk about all the things you can do wrong while venturing out to a remote mountain yurt or cabin. The fact we just recently did all of the following things [over the course of four trips, the only reason we're still alive] has nothing to do with my motivation to overshare this list. Probably. Not. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Epic Girls’ Weekend: Betty Bear Hut Trip

All good adventures have a healthy dose of "first time ever" and "happens every time", right?! Yup, I think that's a fact. If not a fact, then a solid correlation based upon last weekend's events. On a bit of a whim a few weeks ago I snagged a bed at one of the 10th Mountain Division Huts, subsequently signing myself up for an "Epic Girls' Weekend". Going into this I knew one person -- Jenn, a bubbly ultra runner I hadn't seen in just over a year. Turns out I had a lot in common with the other ladies than I thought possible + our weekend of epic'ness did not disappoint. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
runventure

Alone in the Mountains [Schonbielhutte]

schonbielhutte
There were only a few hours between my "I should go somewhere" thoughts and my "hop on a train" actions but I did do a little Google'ing to get a feel for the trails in the Zermatt area. The Schonbielhutte was on my radar but the hut's website was very vague about when it closed for the season. I checked with the Zermatt Tourism Office but the woman simply read me the website...super helpful. Or not. So, when I came upon the sign that said "Schonbielhutte 1h 25m" I decided to check out the hut for myself. Worst case scenario, the hut would be closed and I would be hiking along remote mountain trails next to the Matterhorn on an absolutely gorgeous day for another three hours. Best case scenario, the hut would be open and I'd get to spend another night in the mountains. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
travel thoughts

Off the Beaten Path [Cabana d’Orny]

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When I left Champex, Switzerland on my day hike up to Glacier d’Orny I was really just hoping for some time away from tourist feel of the city. I wasn't quite ready to commit myself to the extra bus ride that would be required if I stayed on the Tour du Mont Blanc trail, just to bail off the next day...so I hiked up, up, up. There is a ski lift/cable car that will take you up the mountain from the edge of Champex but when you’re day hiking that is cheating, right? I tromped on past that cable car and found the single track that zigged and zagged it’s way up the mountainside one skree field at a time. Once I arrived at the top I sat myself down and ate half my stash of jelly beans while basking in the mountain sunshine. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Legit Backcountry Touring {Eiseman Hut}

Two weeks ago we packed up our gear with big plans for an early Saturday departure followed by a long weekend deep in the Colorado Rockies avoiding reality, cell signal and any adult responsibilities. Paula showed up at 5:30am, we loaded up the car, stopped for donuts and headed into the mountains. By 9:30am we were parked and unloaded at the Spraddle Creek Trailhead, ready to head up, up, up to the Eiseman Hut. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago