Via Alpina

6 feet of cleavage


As mentioned before my walk ended in Monaco. And there is this big Oceanographic Museum near the prince`s palace. It`s a very cool place. Lots on information about ocean studies, loads of artifacts, fish and animal skeletons, turtles humping on the roof and aquarium. (more…)


parachutes are overrated

About five days into the hike I passed another ski center – La Norma – but found it almost empty and totally closed down for summer. Near a swimming pool I found a somewhat level ground and set up my, `cause it wasn`t looking very good weather wise. I was almost ready to hit the sack, maybe writing about the day, when I heard some rustling nearby.  As the campsite was not very far from a steep cliff and therefore a bit exposed I had pulled the sides to the ground and therefore my vision was a bit impaired. But I lifted the tarp to see what was up and the were… (more…)

breathe in the snowflakes

I’ve managed to catch some breath from work and actually sort, edit and so on all the pictures from the Via Alpina trip this year. More emotions from the trip are also on the way.

pictures here



i’m the sponge-bob of my corn cob

Se these are some of  the best memories from hiking the Via Alpina this summer


On the morning of the second day I had just started a climb up to col Citrin. The trail was steepish, but fun. A big rock appeared and then a small fox cub playing near it.


And as it noticed me, it didn’t take off like any other wild animal would. At first I just stood there watching, but then slowly reached for my camera and managed to take some shots. After a while the cub disappeared from the track and I slowly continues. I made maybe a few steps before the cub appeared again, but this time there were two of them. This time they seemed a bit startled and went hiding a first, but then sneaked out again. I slowly moved around to get a better view and watched the play for a while. I saw a plenty of wild animals, but this was definitely the coolest. I also spooked a wild boar off it’s sleeping place and spotted a deer through the bush. (more…)

the voice inside my head won’t listen to me

I’m kinda sorry that this took so long, but I managed to delete part of the post at some point and got a bit demotivated after that.

The last part of Via Alpina Red Trail began from Champex-Lac in Switzerland and ended in Monaco 22 days later. According to my calculations it was almost 700km, but the ascent/descent sums are too messed up on the guidebook so by my best estimation it’s around 40k up and about the same down. Average distance for a day was 31,5km and speed 3,5 km/h. It took 207 hours of walking. Several passes over 2000m highest of those over 2700m and many still covered in snow.

the red trail

the red trail


ready for a crime

I have finished walking the Via Alpina Red Trail. It took 24 days of hiking to get from Champex-Lac to Monaco. It was sometimes hard, but now it’s done. More to follow when I get back home.

the third wish

Although this blog has been quiet for too long I haven’t been sitting idly for the whole time. Some preparations have been made to take me again to walk in the Alps. This year the goal is to finish the Via Alpina Red Trail and reach Monaco in the end of the first week of July. Starting point is Champex-Lac. I’ll be on trail for three weeks and hopefully it turns our better than last year. Still some packing to do but the gear isn’t much different from the last yea, except I have a new tarp (made by my mother) – more about that when I get back. And YES, my French hasn’t improved much.

If needed, I can be contacted via blog. See you on the trails.



I earned this vol VI

I’ve fallen a bit behind with this post, but nevertheless here it is.

Now to make sure that my trip wasn’t all about snakes and bad weather – here are things that made  the  34 days of walking  the best thing that I have ever done.

The simplicity of what I was doing. Walking. Obviously. It’s like the most simple thing you can do – put one foot in front of another, repeat. (more…)

I earned this vol V

Now about the stuff I carried with me to get through this month


I earned this vol IV

I have finished with the pictures. It wasn’t very easy sorting through 1000+ of them, stitching them into panoramas and going through them trying to select out the one to share with others. Nevertheless I managed to make a selection of 400 which are available in the usual gallery – Via Alpina 2011.

Now as I needed something for my fathers 50th birthday and I had the idea of printing out one of the bigger pictures to hang on the wall. Wasn’t very shure how it would turn out ’cause my Panasonic TZ4 allows only about 3200×2400 with 12 megapixels. Gave it a try and here is the actual result. I consider it to be pretty impressive and it really is high quality.

Got me thinking and here’s what I came up with.

How would you feel about sponsoring my next trip and in return get something like that on YOUR wall? To be honest this won’t be very cheap to have a photo that big ‘because the photo laboratories charge quite a lot depending on the end product. So browse through the gallery for this year and also the first part and if you see something of interest then let me know and we can figure out the details.

So enjoy, I certainly did.

I earned this – vol Ivol IIvol III