Alta via 1 part 1: Biella–Scotoni

Alta via 1 part 1: Biella–Scotoni

The first three days of the Alta Via 1 started with a steep climb up to Rifugio Biella and continued along various mountain huts offering stunning views of the Dolomites. On the third night we slept at Rifugio Scotoni, just off the official Alta Via trail, avoiding...
Alta Via 1 Prologue: Lago di Braies

Alta Via 1 Prologue: Lago di Braies

The Alta Via 1 is a 120 km (75 miles) hike through the South Tyrolean Dolomites. The trailhead to this hike happens to sit at one of the most beautiful lakes of Europe: the Lago di Braies. Before Christine and I started the Alta Via 1 we stayed in the magnificent...
Planning the Alta Via 1

Planning the Alta Via 1

In the summer of 2022 Christine and I will hike the Alta Via 1 (Italy) together. The AV1 is one of the classic European thru hikes that I started planning some years ago but was never able to hike – until now. Hiking this 120 km (75 miles) trail in twelve days, we...
TMB Day 4: a Long Day in Italy

TMB Day 4: a Long Day in Italy

Day 4 of the Tour the Mont Blanc would be the longest day of all. Along majestic glaciers, mountain tops and refreshing lakes, I hiked all the way down to Courmayeur. And up again in search of a legal campsite. I reached camp after 12 hours of hiking and a distance of...