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! Great Source for Route Detailsm + Map: Wanderland Total Distance from Chalet Martin, Gryon: 25km/15.5mi Route from Chalet Martin, Gryon: Gryon > toward Solalex > trail to Bovonne > La Matte > toward La Vare > Col des Essetes > Anzeinde > Solalex > Gryon — these signs are on each sign post along the trail, it is very easy to follow — I left the chalet just before 9:30am on a Tuesday morning with my fingers crossed for good weather — the forecast threatened … [Click Here For the Full Story]

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! I spent so much time frolicking around in clouds, breathing in all their foggy goodness, I started to feel like we belonged together…we were getting along so well! After a few days of heading up the mountainside in hopes of finding sunshine above the clouds I gave up and headed into the valley. During my first week in Gryon I hiked through Les Gorges with Caroline on our way to our night at Cabana Plan Neve and was blown away … [Click Here For the Full Story]

The Chrinnenhorn Summit


I have done a terrible job of planning ahead for any part of my Switzerland wanderings. The actual events of my life are rarely planned beyond the upcoming 12 hours. Heck, prior to showing up at Chalet Martin I’d usual start my day with no real plan for where I’d lay my head that night. It was freeing, liberating. Waking up in the Glecksteinhutte was no different. I got up, ate breakfast, stared out the cabin window…and made the impulse decision to do a day hike up one of the “alpine mountaineering” trails leading to the peaks surrounding the cabin. Now, I wasn’t a complete fool — I had been listening to the other hikers/mountaineers talking about the technicality of the trails and the weather forecast. I knew the trail to Chrinnenhorn had exposure but didn’t require extra equipment and that the day’s weather forecast was spectacular. When my Canadian dormmate returned for his hike with reports of a fairly easy ascent my decision was confirmed…I was chasing down a mountain summit! Finally. I stashed most of my gear at … [Click Here For the Full Story]

The Trails Above Zurich


I’m always quick to say “I’m not a city girl”…and I think that is a true statement. Cities make me uncomfortable and I find them to be very overwhelming. They are complex with varied rules, confusing signs and hundreds of people to watch you flounder about. I get nervous and awkward in cities, there is no doubt about it. However, I still managed to happily spend 7 days in Zurich, Switzerland. Having a friend in town helped but the most relaxing days in the city were days when I was alone, exploring at my pace and awkwardly putting my “but, I’m a country girl” excuse to good use, repeatedly. It turns out the city of Zurich also has a healthy network of trails that take you along the river, up the mountain side and through the cobblestone streets. As a group we did travel outside of the city for a few hikes but my favorite adventure was within city limits, along the tops of the hills that line the south side of the city. **This is not a truly technical … [Click Here For the Full Story]

#OmniTen Adventures: The OCC Recap


The days leading up to the Thursday morning start of the OCC, a trail race that took us through the Alps from Switzerland to France, I was a bit of a sandbagging mess. The original plan called for the group of Columbia runners to stick together. I was cool with that, yay friends! Then I met Colin and Landon and realized just how massive their calves and quads were. Um. Yea. I couldn’t keep up with those mountain legs! Even with a summer dedicated to running instead of studying it’d be a gamble. So I freaked out. Hourly. Until they finally told me I could run my own race. They say it was to calm me down, but I think they were just terrified of having to put up with me for 10 hours! As soon as I got the go ahead to run my own race things were peachy. I spent an hour Wednesday afternoon packing up all the UTMB/OCC required gear, a healthy pile of go-to race food and taped up my cranky shins. [yes, out of no where … [Click Here For the Full Story]