Aug 17

Celebrating with Ryder-Walker for 13 Lucky Years (Guest Blog)



Milestone Adventures

When there’s a milestone for our family to celebrate, our first thought is always, “Let’s go on a Ryder-Walker trek!” It started in 2002 when Ray surprised me by signing up for the Tour du Mont Blanc for my 50th birthday. After ten days with a curly haired kid named Kenny, we were hooked!

Three years later we treated our son Cam and his roommate Mike to the Dolomites Trek to celebrate their graduation from Dartmouth. Daniel, the strapping Swede, was the perfect guide for a couple of cocky 22-year-olds.

In 2009, we joined the extended Ryder-Walker family for the 25th Anniversary Jubiläum where we had the pleasure of meeting not only Peter Walker, but his son Branford and charming father, Charlie.

I turned 60 in 2012 and the only gift I wanted was to hike the Haute Route. Kenny and Staffan showed they had the right stuff to party with our merry international group, which included a number of friends we made on the trail with Ryder-Walker.

Our most recent celebration was Ray’s 70th birthday– nine perfect days in France and Italy on the Alpino Wunderbar Trek.  Cam, now 32, joined us with his wife Cary. Once again, Daniel showed the “kids” that he is the undisputed mountaineering king.

Who knows what our next celebration will be… perhaps my 65th birthday in 2017!  Thank you, Ryder-Walker for the memories of a lifetime.  Blythe Fortin, Boise, Idaho

Thank YOU, Ray and Blythe. Here’s to another 13 lucky years!

You Might Also Like...
A Culinary Adventure Awaits It’s time to lace up your hiking boots, pack your appetite,
The Austrian Alps are known for their stunning limestone peaks and world-famous Mozart villages. Ryder-Walker
Explore the charm of inn-to-inn trekking with our handpicked routes across Europe's most magnificent landscapes.
If you’re hiking this season, whether with Ryder-Walker or on your own, we have tips
While the characteristic Welsh humility and isolation may have caused the region to escape your
The northern reaches of Scotland are a wild landscape that holds a natural purity and
Unwrap the Gift of Travel this Holiday Season! As we approach the holiday season, the
A Ryder-Walker self-guided hiking tour gives you the freedom to be your own guide, go
Calling all adventurous ladies! Are you a solo female explorer seeking to hike with other
Find Your Ideal Dolomites Adventure! It’s easy to see why Ryder-Walker’s many hiking options in
Fall Favorites: Food from the Alps Autumn in the Alps offers a wonderful chance to
Many of Ryder-Walker’s favorite alpine adventures lead to magical, high-altitude alpine lakes, nestled like sapphire