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ALPSinsight  Inspiration from the ALPS. Mountain sport images, stories & info. Interlaken, Switzerland by @danpatitucci

It was a hot August May day in the Alps today, a full scorcher. The snow is going, going, and soon to be gone. @lauterbrunnen Switzerland

The mighty @brodyleven on the Hardergrat, last year! I'm getting a huge amount of requests for condition reports but I can only offer the answer, "I actually don't know". I haven't been on the ridge in weeks but it appears snow free. However, we don't know what lurks on the north side. And, old brown grass is slick. If you go, be flexible about a retreat.

Okay, not the Alps! It's Shivling, in the Indian Himalaya, where we just spent two weeks for a project. Now we're headed home to Switzerland and happily resuming life in the Alps. Stay tuned for lots of fun this summer.

@janinepatitucci and I are checking out for a bit as we head for the Himalaya. We'll be back home in the Alps for the summer and back at it all. Until then, have a great May, see you in a few weeks. Oh, and this pic... running up to the Schilthorn from beautiful @lauterbrunnen This is what we look forward to coming home to.

Earth Day still seems to be happening.

Transitioning back to being a trail runner with heaps of meters up, down and all around Interlaken. #speedup

One of my favorite little corners of the Alps. A happy place. The Obersteinberg Mountain Hotel in the back of @Lauterbrunnen Valley, complete with a great view of the Berner Breithorn.

Ortler Ski Tour day 5. Today we capped off our trip with a climb of the Ortler Tour’s trophy, the 3851 meter Gran Zebru. This trip started off with low expectations due to lack of snow - but with some effort to get on the high peaks, we managed a superb ski tour. We’ll have full Ortler details on our site soon, it’s surely one of the best ski tour areas in the Alps. Thanks to @kimberly.strom @simonduverney @janinepatitucci and Marine Clarys for five days of fun and exploding kittens.

Morning commute on the Ortler ski tour. Each morning everyone charges out of the Rifugio Branca and heads for the daily objective.

Lots of sun, great friends and Italian huts. We're at the Ortler all this week soaking up what remains of the snow. There isn't much, but there's enough. @outdoorresearch

Today's recon of the Hardergrat, with @kimberly.strom, revealed lots of dry ground but still too much snow for a full mission.

@brodyleven at the start of a great day on the Balfrin Traverse, a super classic, easy alpine route in the Wallis region of Switzerland that serves as a perfect introduction to the high mountains. Read more about it at the link in our Bio.

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