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Feature · 16 Dec 2014

Ski-touring in the Adamello-Ortler

The European Alps form a natural border. Whichever way you turn military history, both ancient and modern, casts a shadow across the landscape. As a former army officer now working full time as a Mountain Guide in the Alps, Tania Noakes’...

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Feature · 19 Nov 2014

Snowshoeing in the Alps near Chamonix

International Mountain Leader Hilary Sharp describes the fun and techniques of snowshoeing in the French Alps near Chamonix – 'one of the most enjoyable activities you can do in the snow’.

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Feature · 10 Aug 2014

Cycling classic Tour de France climbs

Every Tour de France supporter will know the mountains of the Maurienne. Many a champion has been made on these slopes. The mighty Galibier, the demure Madeleine, the iron-hard Croix de Fer: they all stare dispassionately down upon any cyclist...

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Feature · 7 Aug 2014

Running the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

A week before the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) I heard a quote on the TV. I wasn’t really listening but I thought it was someone making a tongue-in-cheek reference to how to successfully read a book: ‘you start at the beginning, you keep...

Trekking in the beautiful Silvretta and Ratikon Alps

Video · 7 May 2014

Trekking in the beautiful Silvretta and Ratikon Alps

Over the past ten years, Cicerone author Kev Reynolds has spent many happy weeks trekking and exploring in the Silvretta and Ratikon Alps. Defining the borders of Switzerland,...

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Feature · 7 Mar 2014

Trekking the GR5 - French Alps

The GR5 is a long distance route from Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) to Nice, via Chamonix, the Vanoise, Modane, Briancon, the Queyras, Larch, and the Mercantour National Park. Lesley Williams, from Cicerone, tackles the 660km long GR5 trekking route that...

Why I wrote Via Ferratas of the French Alps

Article · 24 Jan 2014

Why I wrote Via Ferratas of the French Alps

Cicerone author Richard Miller tells us about how to came to write the guidebook to Via Ferratas of the French Alps and what he loves about the area. Like so many Cicerone...

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Article · 6 Jan 2014

So, which trek to do next?

Karen from Billings, Montana emailed to ask for suggestions for which alpine trek she should tackle next after her Chamonix-Zermatt and Alta Via 2 treks. Cicerone publisher Jonathan Williams runs through the main options in Austria, France, Italy,...

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Article · 7 Aug 2013

Where to go for a first Alpine trek?

Contained within a fortnight's holiday, the Tour of the Queyras would make a splendid introduction to trekking in the Alps. The Queyras is a dramatic region of the French Alps, between the Durance Valley and the Italian border, in the shadow of...

Early season snow in the Alps

Article · 9 Jul 2013

Watch out for early season snow in the Alps

Stay safe on your Alpine walking holiday this summer.

Chamonix Zermatt Video

Video · 11 Mar 2013

Chamonix to Zermatt walkers route

A short video recorded during a trek in September 2010. The walkers haute route from Chamonix to Zermatt is an 180km trail taking between 12-14 days to complete. Trekking from valley to valley, each day involves crossing high passes, each unfolding...

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Article · 31 Oct 2012

Canyoning adventures in Alpine high water and deep gorges

I'd been threatening to write a canyoning guide for a couple of years, scribbling ideas on the back of beermats and waxing lyrical to all who'd listen, before my partner finally...

Why choose to check the GR5 French Alps

Article · 9 Oct 2012

Why choose to trek the GR5 through the French Alps?

A graceful ridge soars away to the south, its flanks of grass and faded alpen rose like rippled antique green velvet, enticing your eyes and quickening your heart. This was to be...

Stelvio National Park

Article · 28 Sep 2012

Close encounters of the bird kind in Italy's Stelvio National Park

It was one of those crystal clear days in the Alps when you can see all the way to Mont Blanc, and Cicerone author Gillian Price and her partner Nicola were entranced by the magic...

The Matterhorn

Article · 3 Aug 2012

The Tour of the Matterhorn: trekking around an Alpine icon

At 4478m, the Matterhorn represents the classic mountain. It is neither the highest Alpine summit, nor the most difficult, but it is a peak that is recognised worldwide. Its shape...

Stubai Glacier Tour

Article · 12 Jun 2012

Austria's Stubai Glacier Tour: a perfect summer trekking challenge

Not got any plans for the summer yet? Looking for a challenge and stunning scenery? Then this is the trek for you. Austria is renown for having fabulous mountain treks yet none...

Tour of Mont Blanc

Article · 12 Dec 2011

Tour of Mont Blanc - Clockwise or Anti-Clockwise?

Although the Tour of Mont Blanc route is well established as an anti-clockwise circuit, there are arguments in favour of walking the TMB in a clockwise direction.

Hut trip to the Alps

Article · 29 Nov 2011

Planning your first hut to hut trip to the Alps

Planning your first hut to hut trip. There has to be a first time for everyone. If you are 'into mountains' for walking, trekking or climbing, sooner or later the Alps will call...