Wednesday, October 08, 2014

This is why you want to go to Slovenia!




Here's a nice story about our Slovenia Triglav Circuit, (one of our most popular European hiking tours) and the vibrant Slovenian city of Ljubljana.

Ryder-Walker’s managing director, Eileen Burns, visited Slovenia for the first time during our fall trip. The story offers a few of Eileen’s first impressions.

While you’re at it, be sure to check out our Facebook page to see more of Eileen’s photos from the trip. Click on the album titled Slovenia: Hiking across the Julian Alps 2014.



Thank you Maribeth for writing this piece! Background: Maribeth Clemente, widely known for her popular French guide books including; The Riches of Paris, The Riches of France, and A Tour of the Heart, is also the founder/editor of bonjourcolorado.com and the host of KOTO's popular travel program, Travel Fun. Check out her work when you get a chance. It's good stuff!

Image: Slovenia Triglav Circuit. By Eileen Burns 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Read Our New 2015 Catalog Online



Our new 2015 hiking tour catalog hits mailboxes this week!  Can't wait for the mail carrier?  No problem. You can also view our 2015 catalog onlinehttp://ryderwalker.com/catalog_2015/

Flip through like a magazine. Zoom in. Print out a copy or download a pdf if you like.

Note: This catalog is bigger and better than ever before. You'll find award winning trips, insightful tips, feature stories and more.  A taste of what's inside:

Peter Walker talks about Ryder-Walker's green initiatives and our new solar installation on page four. 

Eileen Burns, RW's managing director, interviews head guide Ken Fuhrer and explores his nearly 20 years of "Swisscentric"exploration and adventure with Ryder-Walker on page five.

Ryder-Walker's trip development director, Daniel Sundqvist, explains how finding nickel at age five sparked a lifetime of high mountain discovery and trip development on page nine.

Finally, Ryder-Walker's communication director and trip leader, Chris Pranskatis "Chris P.", talks trekking poles on page 63. 

Enjoy our new catalog. Please share with your friends and, as always, let us know what you think. 

Cheers!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Climb a 14er and Support a Great Cause!



Tune into KOTO Radio (Telluride, CO) tonight at 6:20 pm mountain time to learn about the 14er ascent that we recently donated to KOTO’s fundraising campaign. What’s a “fourteener?” It’s any mountain greater than 14,000 feet above sea level, and we’re lucky enough to have a handful of them in our backyard in Telluride, Colorado.

Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures, in conjunction with our sister company, Telluride Mountain Guides, donated a day trip to the top of a fourteener, (a $600 value). Your cost is just half-price-$300. Best of all, all the proceeds go to our community supported radio station KOTO.

Not into bagging peaks? That’s ok too. You can substitute your fourteener climb with a backcountry ski or ice climbing excursion.

Maribeth Clemente, host of KOTO’s popular Travel Fun radio program, will talk about our donation in addition to all the wonderful adventure travel companies based in Telluride (and their donations) on tonight’s show.

Tune in tonight. You can stream online http://tunein.com/radio/KOTO-917-s34580/ or listen with your old-fashioned transistor radio; 91.7 and 89.3 FM in Telluride, 89.5 FM in Norwood or 105.5 FM Down Valley. Check out koto.org for more details.

Photo: Telluride and the stunning San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. By Ken Fuhrer.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's not too late to save!



We extended our pre-season offer!!!

Book a trip between now and September 30th and we'll give you this year's price. This deal applies to guidedprivate, and self guided tours. Just give us a call, or send us an email to book your trip. Do it now. Save money on your dream vacation. Yes!

Image: Terese Broderick straddling the border of Italy and Switzerland during this year's Tour du Mont Blanc

Monday, August 25, 2014

Exploring Italy's Via Ferrata



Guided tours rock! RW guides Daniel Sundqvist and Babsi Glanznig (behind the camera), took our Alpino Wunderbar guests on a Via Ferrata outside of Cortina, Italy. 


Via Ferrata literally means “iron road” in Italian, and many Via Ferrata have their roots in World War I when they were installed to aid troop movements across the rugged peaks of the Italian Dolomites.


Despite the name, a Via Ferrata is certainly not a "road." Via Ferrata are generally climbing routes with nothing more than a thin steel rope or a small iron step precariously bolted to the rock for safety.

What the Via Ferrata lack in walkability they more than make up for in scenery. The views from these high mountain "paths" are breathtaking. This particular segment crosses Monte Averau (2,649 meters), a tower-like mountain in the Averau-Nuvoleau mountain group of northern Italy's Dolomite range.


While the troops are long gone, the iron roads remain, and they offer an exhilarating way to explore some of the most rugged corners of the Alps. 

Note: Next Year's Alpino Wunderbar explores the three alpine villages of Chamonix, France, Courmayeur and Cogne, Italy. Will you join us? Please email us for more details

Photos: by Babsi Glanznig

Saturday, August 16, 2014

2015 Schedule Online | Book Early and Save!



Our new 2015 guided hiking tour schedule is online

We're proud to announce three new tours for 2015; Sicily, the Brenta Dolomites and the Alpino Vino Wunderbar. Wait? Didn't we offer the Alpino Vino Wunderbar last year? We sure did, but we're offering a new itinerary for 2015. The new trip visits the famous alpine resort villages of Chamonix, France, Courmayeur and Cogne, Italy.  

Wait, there's more! Book a trip between now and September 15th and we'll give you this year's price. This deal applies to guidedprivate, and self guided tours.

What if you're still working on dates for your private or self-guided tour? No problem! Just send us your deposit and let us know when you have your dates. We're happy to hold you a spot while you plan your itinerary. 

Let us plan your dream vacation! Just give us a call, or send us an email.

#BookEarlyAndSave

Friday, August 01, 2014

*NEW InstaParapluie by Terese



Introducing the new InstaParapluie by Terese. Just activate the onboard deployment system and VOILA! Within seconds, you’ll have effective protection from rain or sun.

Based on similar technology used by today’s popular avalanche airbag systems, the new InstaParapluie by Terese deploys instantly with the tug of a small cord. Never again will you suffer the indignity of a freak cloud burst, the mental exhaustion of a day-long drizzle, or the embarrassing sunburn that often accompanies an otherwise perfect day filled with UV rays. The InstaParalpluie by Terese has you covered.

Add a touch of class and versatility to your next day hike or long distance trek. Note: The InstaParapluie by Terese is not available in stores. Look for it on Kickstarter, and reserve yours today!

Image: Terese Broderick | Tour du Mont Blanc 2014