Rigimarsch – the Swiss 50 km Walk

After having finished the Rigimarsch a couple of years ago, it was time again to push the 50 km through the night in order to finish early in the morning on the Rigi. This event is well organized: 2000 people started around 7-8pm in order to be on the top of the Rigi the next morning around 8-9am – roughly 50 km and a total height of 1550 meters needed to be covered. Out of the 2000 starters, 1650 finished the trip which demonstrates clearly that the Swiss are serious mountain folks.

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Packrafting Parts of the Neckar River

In May 2017, we headed out to Germany for giving the Neckar River a try with our packrafts. We kicked off in Rottweil on Saturday morning where the Neckar is still a small, tiny runlet which made rafting basically a tough challenge. On our way North, we had to leave the river a couple of times due to dams. But we made it via Talhausen to Epfendorf and continued on Sunday via Oberndorf to Sulz am Neckar where we ended our trip.

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A Present in the Desert

I didn’t know Sarah Marquis before I went off to hike the deserts of Bolivia, Chile and Argentina – shame on me, I should have come across her book “Deserts d’Altitude” and the other amazing desert hikes she already did during my research and preparation for the trip. Most probably this was caused by the fact that the book is only available in French and honestly my French is a little bit rusty. Sidetracked has a great interview with her in English here.

Below I want to tell you the story about the present I received in the desert – the book “Deserts d’Altitude” – given to me by a stranger I met on a dirt road close to the border of Bolivia / Chile. Since I don’t get presents quite often while walking in the desert, I thought this is worth a posting.

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