Monday, July 07, 2014

Superhuman in Austria or....?



Superhuman, or a master of quantum physics? Only Tucker, a recent guest on our Heart of Austria hiking tour, can explain how he appeared in two places at the same time.

Note: This image is not photoshopped.

Ryder-Walker guide Daniel Sundqvist shot this photo of Tucker on July 4th in the Alps above Hallstätt, Austria. According to Daniel, "I lined up my shot, pressed the button, and the next thing I knew, there were two Tuckers waving flags on my screen. Granted, Tucker is a fast hiker, so it is possible that he ran between both locations within a nano second. Or, he warped space time to work in his favor."

Either way, Tucker's pose with the American flag in the Austrian Alps made for a great Independence Day photo. We hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Scotland and England Photos: View At Your Own Risk



You've been warned.


Ryder-Walker guest Paul Loch recently returned from a self-guided Rob Roy Way and Cotswolds Way and he kindly shared these photos from his trip. One of his favorite memories: “The Famous Double Gloucester Cheese Race. While no longer sanctioned by authorities, it’s a real hoot!”

Paul wanted to see this race for a long time, and he finally made it this year.

What is the Gloucester Cheese Race? It’s an annual event where competitors race each other down a dangerously steep hill while chasing an 8-pound wheel of Double Gloucester Cheese.

Maybe that's too kind.

The Sports Gazette summarized the race this way; "twenty young men chasing a cheese off a cliff and tumbling 200 yards to the bottom, where they are scraped up by paramedics and packed off to the hospital"—a more apt description.

The event takes place at Cooper’s Hill near Gloucester England and draws between five and ten thousand spectators each year. It’s total chaos and injuries are common. The cheese has been known to touch speeds of 70 mph! To date, no participant has actually caught the cheese.

It’s worth noting that pictures cannot, and will never, do this race justice. The hill is insanely steep. If Cooper's Hill had a ski lift, it would be labeled Double Black Diamond (experts only).

Feel like falling down the rabbit hole? Check out the following website. It’s the definitive source for cheese rolling in Gloucester, England. http://www.cheese-rolling.co.uk/

And don’t forget to check out Paul’s photos from his walk. Note: You'll have to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the images from the Cheese Roll.

Thanks Paul, for sharing these images!

Image by Paul Loch

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New Photos of Norway



Be sure to visit our Facebook page if you haven't done so already. We just posted new photos from our Norway hiking tour that finished today. Norway: The Islands of Loften offers a special outdoor experience. Unlike the majority of our inn-to-inn hiking tours, this multisport extravaganza offers hiking, scrambling and kayaking along Norway's scenic fjords. Click here to see the photos.

You can also see 85 more photos from last year's Norway hiking tour by clicking here.

All images by RW guide and adventure racer Staffan Björklund.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Ryder-Walker Featured in Travel and Leisure | Best Adventure Travel Destinations 2014



We think that Travel + Leisure did a very nice job when they produced a caricature version of Ryder-Walker’s founder and CEO, Peter Walker, for their June, 2014 edition. To quote head guide and nearly 20-year Ryder-Walker veteran, Ken Fuhrer, “The resemblance is uncanny!” Click here to see the caricature.

T+L’s version of our esteemed leader appears on page 82 of the June edition (on newstands now). T+L profiled Peter Walker for their feature story Adventure Travel 2014—our picks from the top outfitters, plus insider tips and itineraries.

What are Peter Walker’s picks for adventure travel in 2014?

On Peter’s radar: “The Balkan states of Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro, for their incredible landscapes, cuisines, and history. They’re the full package.”

Read the full story by grabbing this month’s edition of Travel + Leisure, or read Peter Walker’s insider tips by clicking the following link. Enjoy it!

Image: Slovenia is hot right now! Bled Castle, Slovenia. | By Ken Fuhrer

Friday, May 30, 2014

Hot Spots of Italy's Dolomite Mountains



Travel + Leisure offers a nice taste of the Italian Dolomites in their recent article, Hot Spots of Italy’s Dolomite Mountains. Their well-written piece does a nice job of capturing the essence and soul of the Dolomites experience.

What’s more, the article mentions most of the places that we visit and/or stay in during our Jubliäum Fronte Italiano hike (our 30th anniversary village-based hiking tour through the Italian Dolomites). The Rosa Alpina Hotel, Pizzinini's private hut and the Rifugio Fanes all make appearances in the article.

Already been to the Dolomites? No problem. The story will rekindle fond memories.

Note: Our Jubiläum trip is completely sold out, but we still have space on some of our other Dolomites hiking tours. We can also arrange a customized self-guided hiking tour if, for some reason, a guided tour doesn’t work for you.

Treat yourself to Hot Spots of Italy's Dolomite Mountains, but be forewarned; You’ll probably drool on your tablet/copy of the article.

Image by Ken Fuhrer.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hiking in Slovenia’s Triglav National Park



National Geographic has a nice story about our Slovenia hiking tour. Check it out.
FYI; we only have 3 spots left on our guided trip. Please join us!

Hiking in Slovenia's Triglav National Park
By Kelley McMillan
National Geographic Adventure

As we topped out on Prehodavci Pass in Slovenia’s Triglav National Park, our guide, Ken Fuhrer from Ryder Walker Alpine Adventures, recounted the legend of Zlatorog, a celebrated Slovenian myth about a local girl who demanded that her suitor, a hunter from the neighboring Trenta Valley, fetch for her the golden horns of Zlatorog, a chamois with a gilded rack. Read more.

Image by Willi Glanznig

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Big Mountain Views...



...are the norm in Bhutan. Ryder-Walker guest Lisa Barry captured this image during our Bhutan Chomolhari Trek. She and her group spent 12 nights/13 days hiking breathtaking mountain passes at the top of the world. It's no wonder that Bhutanese residents refer to their homeland as the "Happiest Place on Earth." Big mountains views like this make us happy too!

Our next Bhutan trip runs during the spring of 2015. Please drop us a line to get on the guest list.