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Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc backwards

Feature · On 8 Jul 2020 by Jonathan Williams

OK, Cicerone’s Jonathan Williams didn’t really walk the Tour du Mont Blanc backwards, he just went the 'wrong' way round.
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Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn in 27 variants: the slow process of updating a guidebook

Article · On 26 Dec 2018 by Lesley Williams

When Lesley, Jonathan and Maddy Williams updated Kev Reynolds’ Chamonix to Zermatt guide, it gave them an insight into the daily challenges faced by Cicerone’s guidebook writers.
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Celebrating Fifty Years... The Zermatt Safari

Feature · On 1 Dec 2018 by Bill O'Connor

Bill O’Connor remembers a trip to ski-safari paradise Zermatt. This short story is taken from the commemorative book Fifty Years of Adventure.
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Route des Grandes Alpes – cycling through the French Alps

Feature · On 15 Jul 2018 by Lesley Williams

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...
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The Tour du Ruan - unknown to all but a few

Article · On 24 Feb 2018 by David Burrows

According to David Burrows, there’s something good about walking in circles rather than in straight lines, and the Tour du Ruan didn’t disappoint.
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Walking the Aletsch Glacier

Feature · On 21 Jan 2018 by Mike Wells

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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Zermatt to Chamonix - doing a classic trek the "wrong" way

Article · On 29 Nov 2017

Annalisa Mejetta tells the tale of doing the Walker’s Haute Route Chamonix – Zermatt the "wrong" way round. With a Cicerone guidebook of course!
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Walking in the Haute Savoie – in the footsteps of Alfred Wills

Feature · On 1 Jul 2017 by Pamela Harris

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 grandfather...
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The big climbs on Switzerland's Alpine Pass Route

Feature · On 8 May 2017 by Lesley Williams

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...
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The new and improved Alpine Pass Route or Swiss Via Alpina 1

Article · On 3 May 2017 by Lesley Williams

The Alpine Pass Route (APR) – now fully waymarked as Swiss Via Alpina 1 (VA1) – is a hiking trail of over 350km across Switzerland, crossing high mountain passes through...
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Crossing the Crête des Gittes on the GR5

Feature · On 6 Mar 2017 by Jonathan Arlan

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...
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An overnight off-piste adventure in the Vanoise

Feature · On 9 Jan 2017 by James Cox

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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UTMB 2016 - A 170km run around Mont Blanc

Feature · On 5 Sep 2016 by Joe Williams

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

Feature · On 12 Jun 2016 by Carroll Dorgan

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

Feature · On 11 Mar 2016 by Jen Lumanlan

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...
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Marvellous Mercantouring

Feature · On 8 Feb 2016 by Tania Noakes

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...
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Trekking with an infant 2: Before you go

Feature · On 8 Feb 2016 by Jen Lumanlan

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...
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Diaries of a Monte Rosa Circuit

Feature · On 8 Dec 2015 by Phil Nixon

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...
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High magic in the Hoch Tirol

Feature · On 8 Dec 2015 by Tania Noakes

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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Trekking with an infant 1: Starting to plan

Feature · On 8 Dec 2015 by Jen Lumanlan

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...