Take a hike, take a stretch, and breeeeathe. That’s what I was trying out last weekend on the summery slopes above the ski resort of Champoluc.
You can read the full story here on Planet Ski.
It’s a couple of years since I’ve been to the Alps in the summer, save for a brilliant whirlwind trip to a friend’s wedding in Kandersteg, Switzerland, earlier this year.
My last work visit was reporting on a polo match in Gstaad – a fantastic place but a far cry from the great-value, down-to-earth and super-active experience of Champoluc.
During last weekend’s trip I was lucky enough not only to try the eccentric but surprisingly satisfying yoga-trekking, but also to take a spectacularly scenic mountain-bike ride – mostly downhill – and to have a go at canyoning and climbing.
We were a mixed bag in terms of adventure experience: at one extreme was Squash Falconer, the first British woman to have climbed and paraglided from the top of Mont Blanc and who has also climbed Mount Everest; at the other was Rebecca Fordham, a recently graduated fashion journalist who had never been to the Alps or to Italy, never been mountain-biking, climbing or done yoga – and what’s more, never worn a wetsuit (in fact, pulling that garment on was probably her biggest challenge of the weekend).
I’ll sort out my pictures in the next few days and put up a gallery of each of the activities we did – as well as prices and so on in case anyone has aspirations to become like Squash… and is as brave as Rebecca!
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