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Feature · 8 Jul 2020

Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc backwards

OK, Cicerone’s Jonathan Williams didn’t really walk the Tour du Mont Blanc backwards, he just went the 'wrong' way round.

Ben Holt and Sallie O’Connor descend the Unterer Theodulgletscher below the Matterhorn

Feature · 1 Dec 2018

Celebrating Fifty Years... The Zermatt Safari

Bill O’Connor remembers a trip to ski-safari paradise Zermatt. This short story is taken from the commemorative book Fifty Years of Adventure.

H A Fine Road Leads South From The Bonette

Feature · 15 Jul 2018

Route des Grandes Alpes – cycling through the French Alps

Jonathan and I took on our biggest cycling challenge yet, to ride 650km and climb 15000 metres in 9 days, creating a sort of elegant reversed question mark shape as we tackled the...

01 The Aletsch Glacier Runs South From Jungraujoch For 20Km

Feature · 21 Jan 2018

Walking the Aletsch Glacier

Mike Wells describes a recent visit to Western Europe’s longest glacier, the Aletsch. Here, he describes the two day trek along the entire length of the glacier.

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Feature · 1 Jul 2017

Walking in the Haute Savoie – in the footsteps of Alfred Wills

Aside from offering top-notch Alpine walking, the Haut Giffre area of the Haute Savoie has some interesting history. Alfred Wills, one of the founders of the Alpine Club and...

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Feature · 8 May 2017

The big climbs on Switzerland's Alpine Pass Route

The Alpine Pass Route (APR) – Swiss Via Alpina 1 (VA1) crosses 16 high mountain passes as it makes its way over 350km across Switzerland, making it one of the great Alpine...

On The  Gr5 Through The  French  Alps

Feature · 6 Mar 2017

Crossing the Crête des Gittes on the GR5

The GR5 is one of the world's classic treks. The section through the French Alps takes nearly a month and involves long distances, big climbs and staying in high mountain huts. Jonathan Arlan chose it as his first long distance walk. Literally...

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Feature · 9 Jan 2017

An overnight off-piste adventure in the Vanoise

Earlier this year James, Dave and Paul ventured out to Val d’Isère to try some backcountry skiing and snowboarding. The lads from High Wycombe climb a summit, ski and board...

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Feature · 5 Sep 2016

UTMB 2016 - A 170km run around Mont Blanc

Cicerone's Joe Williams recently competed the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc - A 170km (105 miles) mountain race with 10,000m of ascent around Month Blanc. Here he tells his personal...

GR5 trekking Highlights

Feature · 12 Jun 2016

Trekking the GR5 from the North Sea to the Mediterranean - Highlights

The GR5 (Grande Randonnée 5) is a trail – a marked route in some places – that begins in Hoek van Holland and runs for about 2300km through the Netherlands, Belgium,...

Trekking Tour Mont Blanc

Feature · 11 Mar 2016

Trekking with an Infant 3: Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc

Jen Lumanlan travelled from the USA and did the Tour of Mont Blanc with her daughter when Carys was only eight weeks old. This article is the third of three in which she shares...

Ski touring in the Mercantour

Feature · 8 Feb 2016

Marvellous Mercantouring

There is a well-kept secret in the southern French Alps, a quiet but unforgettable ski tour which winds its way through the heart of the region. Here professional mountain guide Tania Noakes outlines the Traversée du Mercantour as it passes through...

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Feature · 8 Feb 2016

Trekking with an infant 2: Before you go

Jen Lumanlan travelled from the USA and hiked the Tour of Mont Blanc with her daughter when Carys was only eight weeks old. This article is the second of three in which she shares her experiences of taking an infant trekking. Here she focuses on...

Trekking with an infant

Feature · 8 Dec 2015

Trekking with an infant 1: Starting to plan

Jen Lumanlan traveled from the USA and did the Tour of Mont Blanc with her daughter when Carys was only 8 weeks old. This article is the first of three in which she shares her...

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Feature · 8 Dec 2015

Diaries of a Monte Rosa Circuit

Phil Nixon summarises his diary entries on a tour that incorporated part of the Grand Tour of Monte Rosa and most of the Tour of Monte Rosa with trekking companions Chris Whitford and Brian Tunbridge. Enjoy the adventure as you travel with them...

Tirol Ski Touring

Feature · 8 Dec 2015

High magic in the Hoch Tirol

Description of a ski tour through the Austrian Hoch Tirol in the Eastern Alps taking in the Gross Geiger, Granatspitze, Gross Venediger and the Gross Glockner.

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Feature · 13 Oct 2015

The Haute Route Alps – a long tough cyclosportive

The Haute Route Alps is 791km and almost 22,000m of ascent over seven consecutive days in some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Regular Cicerone Extra contributor...

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Feature · 5 Jul 2015

Cycling the 'Tour' cols of the Maurienne

In May Andy Hodges and a fellow cyclo-grimpeur Lee Rounce visited the Maurienne to taste the charms and challenges of some of the most famous climbs of the cycling world – before the Tour de France peloton gets its wheels on them at the end of...

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Feature · 10 May 2015

Climb Every Mountain: A musical history tour above Salzburg

The Sound of Music and Hitler's Eagles Nest are secondary to the stunning walking and trekking in the hills of Berchtesgaden, close to Salzburg. Andy Hodges describes some walking...

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Feature · 20 Jan 2015

Trekking the Alpine Pass Route across Switzerland

Starting in Sargans and finishing in Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva, the Alpine Pass Route (APR) makes a complete east-west traverse of Switzerland, taking in some of the...