Mar 31

Spring cleaning.

Did you know that Switzerland boasts more than 60,000 kilometers of hiking trails? That’s the equivalent of more than 37,000 miles of cross-country goodness. A person would have to through-hike the Appalachian Trail 17 times to rack up that kind of mileage.Here’s another perspective. A person could walk around the... read more →
Mar 13

One pass to rule them all.

If J.R.R. Tolkien’s One Ring represented all that is evil and dark in the world, then the Swiss Pass symbolizes light, and all that can be great with civilization. It is difficult for a person living in a country that lacks good public transportation to understand the Swiss Travel System.... read more →
Mar 11

I registered for my tour. What do I do now?

It’s hard to believe that we're only 3 months away from the start of our June tours. Even more surprising is the fact that we’re less than two months away from the Arches & Canyonlands hiking tour, our first guided trip of the season. Here’s a quick 10-point checklist to... read more →
Feb 14

Valentine’s Day: What’s in a name?

What's Valentine's day without chocolate, especially Swiss chocolate? Don't just give sweets though. Demonstrate your depth of intellect and a willingness to rise to the occasion. If you choose to slip a Toberlone to that special someone during Valentine's day then understand that it's not just the length of your... read more →
Feb 08

The First Morning

This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary. A houseboat in Kashmir, a view down Atlantic Avenue... read more →
Feb 07

What’s this? Christmas in February!

Mardi Gras, Carnival, the King’s Cake, and a not so brief history. One of the many reasons that we enjoy taking people hiking in Europe is that our experiences overseas offer an opportunity for many of us to reconnect with the stories and traditions of our past. Even if your... read more →
Jan 31

Tell Old Man Winter to take a hike!

I've enjoyed reading the headlines lately. From Michigan the Kalamazoo Gazette reads,"Arctic blast closes roads, cuts power." From New York, "Frigid winds whip into the Northeast." From Washington state, "Mountains have been buried by snowstorm; freeway closed again." From our headquarters in Telluride, CO, "Whiteout blizzard closes roads." Unless you... read more →
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Contact us for your free tour proposal.

Don't wait until spring. Contact us today for a fully customized hiking itinerary in Europe. You give us your dates, tell us what you'd like to see and do, and we'll develop a fully customized itinerary and proposal based on your particular needs and concerns. Why waste your time pouring... read more →
Dec 03

The “correct” way to enjoy your espresso.

The caffè corretto is one of my favorite coffee drinks to enjoy while hiking through the Italian Alps. It's a truly authentic Italian coffee drink that consists of a shot of espresso "corrected" with a shot of liquor, usually grappa, brandy or sambuca. This drink is usually taken after lunch... read more →

Travel and the Coronavirus for Ryder-Walker Guests

Ryder-Walker is monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and acknowledges that there is growing uncertainty about the safety of traveling right now. Currently, our guided and self-guided treks are on schedule to run. Should travel restrictions be implemented by local or global authorities we will post updates on this link.

For more information please visit the websites of the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.