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

hut-guardian-stories stories-of-a
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
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
runventure

Escaping Zermatt

zermatt
Zermatt is a tourist city, there is no denying that. The moment you step off the train you feel the "tourist vibe" humming around you. The people behind the desk at the tourism office have a rehearsed spiel, the streets are teaming with selfie sticks and each little shop has its own carousel of beautiful postcards. Personally, I am not a fan of the "tourist vibe", as hypocritical as that may be. The cities that have grown to accommodate tourists always feel stifling + staged...but they grew for a reason. The mountain trails + wilderness surrounding these kitschy tourist cities are stunning. And the true perk of these overgrown cities? Most tourists stay in the cities, or at least close to them, leaving the more remote + challenging trails empty for people like me! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago