14/9/12 – Yoga-trekking in Champoluc, Val d’Aosta

Yoga-trekking: the wind-down session back at Stadel Soussun, near Champoluc in the Aosta district of the Italian Alps

Yoga-trekking: the wind-down session back at Stadel Soussun, near Champoluc in the Aosta district of the Italian Alps

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.

Squash Falconer, who had paraglided off the Gran Paradiso the previous day

Squash Falconer, who had paraglided off the Gran Paradiso the previous day. The mountains here include the Breithorn and Castor and Pollux, on the Italian/Swiss border

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.

This is Rebecca Fordham rock-climbing - she was a first-timer for all the activities of the Champoluc trip

This is Rebecca Fordham rock-climbing – she was a first-timer for all the activities of the Champoluc trip

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!

Meanwhile there’s loads of info on the Aosta Valley district at aosta-valley.co.uk and a worthwhile news feed at iloveaosta.co.uk.

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