friends + feelings

Currently.

I am currently sitting in an open air home at the kitchen table of strangers wearing nothing by my sandals. Surprisingly [or not?], it doesn't feel weird at all. That's probably because I'm at a "naturalist" camp in the hills of Montenegro + no one is wearing more than their sandals. I've never been the world's biggest fan of clothes + the 80-90+ heat has convinced me these naturalists are onto something! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

A Cloudy Col des Chamois Attempt

After weeks [years?] of talking about a trek up the Grand Muveran it finally started to look like it would happen. Gemma + I set aside a day, stared at a map + chatted up a friend...then we checked the weather. After a solid 10 days of blazing sunshine, we were headed into a long weekend of thunderstorms. The dicey weather combined with late-season snow vetoed our plan to snag a Grand Muveran summit. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Summit Selfies: Les Chaux

There's a peak near here that I've fallen in love with. Legit love. Probably? Like the sort of love you have for fluffy kittens you can't keep for yourself so you're going to love them even more, on principle. Whatever sort of love that is...that's how I feel about Les Chaux. It's basically perfect in every way I want it to be + it's the gateway to one of my favorite trails in all of Switzerland. Maybe I need to explore more to find a better trail...but until I find that, this is my favoritest trail evers. #fact (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Les Gorges: Into the Valley

When you tell someone you're headed to the Swiss Alps for the summer the general assumption is that you're going for the mountain peaks. That's not untrue, but the Alps offer up more than summits! I first found the gorges [aptly named "Les Gorges"] on a rainy day last time I was here...they're kind of a perfect rainy day hike. However, they've become one of my favorite hikes near the chalet, even on the sunny days! Let me tell you why... (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
travel thoughts

Taking on Switzerland

I'm back! Back in Switzerland + on my way back to the tiny mountain town I fell in love with a few years ago. I booked my flight to Switzerland as soon as I accepted that winter job in the Colorado Rockies last October. As ridiculous as it seems, I was legitimately concerned I'd get a "real job" [seasonal as it was] + forget how to leave the country. My crazy doesn't always make sense, but this time it got me back to Switzerland so I won't apologize for it! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
travel thoughts

Playing Tourist

I have spent the last seven weeks settling into life at Chalet Martin in a small town in the Swiss Alps. I’ve slept in the same bed, cooked in the same kitchen, stashed my shoes on the same shelf + shopped at the same market for almost two months. It’s like I’ve been legitimately living in a tiny mountain town in Switzerland...exactly the experience I planned for when I left the States. It's been nice. It's gotten comfortable. It's time to change. Yea, I know. Why fix what's not broken...but I'm almost out of time to wander Europe so rather than stick to the comfortable I'm headed beyond the borders of Switzerland. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
runventure

Tour de l’Argentine

One of my questions for Merlin while coordinating my WorkAway plans in Gryon, Switzerland was "how's the hiking + trail running in the area?", turns out Merlin was not lying when he said the options are endless. From the day I arrived the Tour de l'Argentine has been mentioned by multiple people, yet it still took me about 4 weeks to actually get out there and run/hike the loop. It did not disappoint! And I really should have done it earlier because now I really want to summit l'Argentine but I'm running out of time! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
runventure

Peaks + Valleys

What do you do when the clouds take over the mountain? The same thing you do when it's a beautifully sunny day -- you get your tush outside and find trails to explore! I've done a fairly good job of winning the fight against the snot factory that took over my sinuses but the weather has not been very good at supporting my quest to spend all my free time outside. Rather than greeting me with sunny skies and tshirt temperatures it's been doling out lots of chilly clouds. But I am nothing if not persistent...clouds or not, outside I went! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
travel thoughts

Take It Easy

Every time the seasons change I get sick, without fail. Sometimes I blame it on airplane cooties [like that time I nearly died from a ferocious head cold + sketchy stomach flu the week I got home from South America] but really, I think my immune system is just a big wimp that sucks at fighting off the bad guys. And I don't care how old I am, I will always imagine white blood cells shooting sticks at these nasty germs like they do on the Magic School Bus >> https://youtu.be/uJKJr7gKS_Y [and, yes, I watched that entire episode after I found it!]. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
travel thoughts

Stories of a Hut Guardian

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I think I have snagged my last two SAC hut stays of the season...snow has arrived and I am not prepared for legitimate winter mountaineering in the Swiss Alps. Sure, I'm a little bummed I won't be huttin' it anymore but I randomly picked some pretty amazing huts for my last trip! And I really do mean randomly, I have no idea where my Google search started but it ended with me reserving beds at Frundenhutte and Bluemlisalphutte...two of the only huts who still had guardians in October. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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