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Planning Your Hike to Europe

Planning Your Hike to Europe
Traveling today can be very stressful. Good planning can help to make your vacation fun from beginning to end. This post attempts to help you with all of the areas you may have to consider and ideas to deal with the problems and issues that may arise along the way to your hike of a lifetime.

Hiking in Switzerland – Do I have to climb to the top?

We often get requests from people about wanting to hike in the Alps but aren’t sure they can do it. The fact is that every major village hub, Chamonix, Zermatt, Verbier or the Dolomites in Italy, they all offer a host of beautiful hikes that can start near the top of the mountain in their area.

Hiking in Europe – Bring the Kids!

Hiking in Europe – Bring the Kids!
Hiking is for all ages.
Many people ask me about can they bring their kids.

Well the answer is yes. You may not want to take them to the highest altitude walks and remote huts but there are plenty of walks at all levels. Every village in the Alps has easy, moderate and advanced trails to go on. Even for older people just wanting to take a stroll, these are well groomed and easy to access trails at every turn.

Hiking Review of Mayrhofen Austria trails Speicher Schlegeis

Hiking Review of Mayrhofen Austria trails Speicher Schlegeis
Our most memorable hike began with a bus ride out of Mayrhofen, trailhead at the Speicher Schlegeis (reservoir). At 10 a.m. we began the steep track up to the Olperer Hut where we paused for the best Apple Strudel of the trip, accompanied by several cute mini-goats wandering amongst guest tables on the deck. The loop back to the Schlegeis via Friesenberg hut was supposed to be a mellow, flat 3-hr “walk in the park”, but it turned into an uphill death march and downhill race to the last bus at 6 p.m. We barely made it, arriving at 5:57 p.m. With great weather and views and only an occasional encounter with other hikers, it was our best hike in the Mayrhofen area, despite the drama and last-minute adrenaline rush.

Review: Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route Switzerland

Review: Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route Switzerland
Dear Bill:

Our hiking trip from Chamonix to Zermatt was amazing. All of the hotels we stayed in and the huts were so accommodating and all the people were so nice! The trails were well marked, some very hard and others very easy. We met many cows along the way and many other hikers. The food was excellent too…cheeses, breads, meats…..and butter! Switzerland is a beautiful country to see on foot! I would do this hike over and over again. I think Bill Russell’s Mountain Tours did a great job organizing our trip!
Regards,
Nancy

Packing Light

Packing Light
We all like to go places, but we sometimes find ourselves hating to travel. It’s an enigma.  Packing and unpacking.  Lugging the luggage.  Keeping organized with a place for tickets, passport, important telephone numbers and directions, and keeping clothes clean.  It’s almost too much to cope. Here are some thoughts on the subject.

Pro Hiking Tip: I Love to Travel, But Without the Tourists.

Pro Hiking Tip: I Love to Travel, But Without the Tourists.
I Love to Travel, But Without the Tourists.
Throngs of tourists sightseeing the day away can be a problem but Russell Tours has found a way around it. It’s really very simple. Just get to your destination village and get on the trail as quickly as you can. You can enjoy all the beauties of nature like the Alps in Europe and the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain hardly ever see a tourist.

PACKING FOR A MOUNTAIN TOURS HIKE IN SWITZERLAND, AUSTRIA, SPAIN, FRANCE OR ITALY

PACKING FOR A MOUNTAIN TOURS HIKE IN SWITZERLAND, AUSTRIA, SPAIN, FRANCE OR ITALY
We all like to go places, but we sometimes find ourselves hating to travel. It’s an enigma.  Packing and unpacking.  Lugging the luggage.  Keeping organized with a place for tickets, passport, important telephone numbers and directions, and keeping clothes clean.  It’s almost too much to cope. Here are some thoughts on the subject.