Dec 13

Friend and colleague earns title, “Chef of the Year for 2007”

Our friends at the Waldhotel Fletschhorn in Saas Fee, Switzerland just informed us that their Head Chef, Markus Neff, is now officially known as the best chef in Switzerland, according to the influential French restaurant guide Gault Millau. Neff recently received 18 out of 20 possible points, thereby earning him... read more →
Dec 05

Warmth in Winter – Tomato Fondue

In recent years the definition of a "fondue" has grown very broad indeed. Traditionally a cheese based dish ("fondu" itself means melted in French), the dish can now be hot oil or broth cooked meats as well as any of a number of small semi-liquid dollops of you-name-it that one... read more →
Nov 29

Do It Yourself: How To Service Leki Trekking Poles

Servicing Trekking Poles We recently discovered that water (from a rainy season as an example) can seep inside trekking poles and will sometimes never dry. The water will work its corrosive magic on the inside of the poles and the adjustment barrels will become challenging to unlock and lock. The... read more →
Nov 22

Enjoy a taste of France! A recipe for the Kir and Kir Royale.

This year, add a bit of European style to your holiday gatherings. The Kir and Kir Royale are two of my favorite apéritifs, and many of our guests rave about them during our hiking tours in Europe. "Cassis" means "blackcurrant" in French, and the subsequent liquor made from the blackcurrant... read more →
Oct 13
Sep 30

The Grand Finale: Telluride Trek Days 8 and 9

September 29, 2006 Day 8 (Our final night) Telluride, CO Elevation: 8750 ft. That's our friend and guest, Michael Woloch. He’s sad because it’s the last night of the tour. Many people, who have traveled with us before, are familiar with one of our signature tours, the Tour du Mont... read more →
Sep 29

Finally! Warm Fall Days: Telluride Trek Days 6 and 7

Sept. 27-28, 2006 Days 6 and 7 Telluride, CO Elevation: 8750 ft. Aaaaaah! No more snow. Tonight we enjoyed dinner at a wonderful little Italian Restaurant in Telluride. The days are warm now and the Aspens show the Midas touch of a golden hand. As we sipped our glasses of... read more →
Sep 27

Soaking With Mountain Splendor: Telluride Trek Days 4 and 5

September 25-26, 2006 Days 4 and 5 Dunton, CO Elevation: 8700 ft. The region surrounding Dunton constitutes one of the quietest, and most remote corners of the San Juans. Three peaks rise above 14 thousand feet to the north, while deep red rock canyons and ancient native ruins dot the... read more →
Sep 25

The World On Fire: Telluride Trek Days 2 and 3

September 23-24, 2006 Days 2 and 3 Silverton, CO Elevation: 9318 ft. Just as planned, the sun emerged from the storm and lit our mountain world on fire, providing a gorgeous backdrop for two wonderful days of hiking in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado. At one moment, as... read more →
Sep 23

A World of Colorful Contrasts; Telluride Trek, Day 1

Friday, September 22, 2006 (The first day of autumn) Ouray, Colorado I believe that after a person spends prolonged amounts of time in the mountains, they eventually realize that much can change in a relatively short period of time. A mayfly hatch for example, will turn a placid mountain stream... read more →
Sep 03
Ryder-Walker Specials

Ryder-Walker Pricing Special

Ryder-Walker Limited Time Special: Receive 2019 Pricing on all 2020 Treks through October 1st! Fall is here and as you reminisce about the amazing 2019 summer hiking season, we would like to remind you it’s time to think ahead for next year’s adventures! Ryder-Walker has a special early booking promotion... read more →