• Biking In Zermatt

    Tiina Kivelä

    Biking (MTB) in Zermatt. Such wow.

    Although I still haven’t done any biking in Zermatt, I do think it’s a good idea of tell you about it. Because even though I didn’t have my bike with me last weekend in Zermatt, I did see many super happy looking bikers and awesome trails for biking (and many awesome bikes – the fever is high). And I simply came came to the conclusion that Zermatt truly lives to its reputation when it comes to MTB. The scenery and wild landscape – hello Matterhorn – makes a good base, on which more than ok infra, planning and car free village make it eventually a kind of a bikers paradise. Even for my kind of wannabe/beginner (not long though!).

    What’s really interesting in Zermatt is that almost all the roads and trails are open for both bikers and hikers. And on top of that, the village is car free, which makes it a good break for the daily urban bike commuters fighters too.

    In Zermatt, there are flowtrails and other paths only for biking and trails prohibited from bikers, but generally the rule goes that mtb riders are allowed to ride on all roads, unless a prohibition sign forbids it. Though this means – of course – that the highest level of consideration and peaceful playing is required on the paths in and around Zermatt, Täsch and Randa (=nearby villages).  Haters will hate but also, I only met considerate and friendly bikers on the paths and as a kind of multisport hustler myself I think we all fit on the same trails more than fine and destinations and trails can serve various modes of use at the same time.

    So go. It’s also the best season now. But please, really, be nice, make space and keep an eye for others. Both for people and animals.

    Biking in Zermatt – How And Where Exactly

    As I didn’t have the bike I don’t have many detailed tips for biking in Zermatt yet, sorry. But I saw and confirmed with the help of the ones who know better that the Gornergrat side and trails around Schwarzee / Schönbielhütte direction are more than nice. And if taking the Matterhorn direction from Zermatt village center, you can even have lunch or beer in the adorable (more than fine for badass bikers too) village of Zmutt on your way back.

    More information of biking in and around Zermatt in i.e. Supertrail guide in here – and hopefully by me once I get back there with a bike.  Oh and the weather this weekend, when I was free, was kind moody. Therefore, a bit grainy and moody pics. But you should get the point, I hope.

    Ps. (Guidelines for mountain biking in and around Zermatt, pdf)

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Zermatt

    How: Take the train to Zermatt (bike comes well along with the SBB bike day pass). Book your sleep in any of the hotels, cabins, huts or maybe try the same hostel where I stayed (Zermatt Youth Hostel) in Zermatt.

    Then, get a day or two’s pass for the lifts and trains in the area, and just enjoy. 

    When: Autumn.


  • Appenzell
  • The Extra Mile

    Tiina Kivelä

    Almost right after I said I’ve had enough of Alsptein I went back to Alpstein. To hike the Altman. Though in the end I didn’t climb it all the way up. Just passed by. Hah.

    There’s a lesson in there though. I’ve learned that when there’s no other option (or well there is but they’re too expensive, risky or whatever) you just do things. And then you also don’t do things.

    There’s those days when you push a bit more, a bit further than you intended to go and a bit further you feel like really doing – you’re tired, hungry, your muscles ache, you just want to be home already – but still you continue. You go, because deep down you know you can make it and you didn’t come this far just to come this far.

    But then there are  also those days when you just say f*ck it, I’m done, no more, what’s needed to be done is done and I just go home/have a beer/cut this short now. For it would be too risky, too tiring and for you just don’t feel like it. or have better things to do.

    Lately I’ve learned that if it’s just about the steps, putting one feet in front of another, and so on, I’ll do it. If it’s not about the time, to be somewhre on exact time, if it’s more of just doing something than achieving something in exact time and exact way and if there’s not better then things to do with your time and energy, then I just go further on.

    And so I just dip myself in the lake on the way if that’s possible (Fählensee on this trip, highly recommended) on a hot day and just go as far and high as I need to and I can, to experience something awesome. But when it comes to sketchy mountain tops, exposed trails and possible serious fall incidents, and maybe someone’s waiting for me, I’ll pass if I’m not 100% sure I can do it without risking much. And so I cut it short, don’t climb higher, but run the last km’s to catch the bus to be on time doing something more important. Alive, healthy and happy.

    In other words, sometimes it’s good to be selfish and just do things for the sake of doing, and sometimes it’s good to remember that oh yeah, one needs other people and sharing is caring and not everything is worth of doing.

    I have no idea if this made any sense but well, there’s at least some pics from my latest Alpstein hike – up with the Schwebebahn to Säntis, along Lisengrat to Rotsteinpass, up to Altmansattel, down to Fählensee (and dip) and Bollenwees before a run all the way down to Brülisau and bus home.

    Where: Säntis to Brülisau through Lisengrat and Altmasattel (map)

  • BLOG
  • But I’m Hiking In Lapland

    Tiina Kivelä

    Despite the recent efforts and wishes I still haven’t seen any tickets to Switzerland with my name. Luckily though, the sun started to shine in Lapland as well. And on top of that, the first snow arrived with glistering frost and magical landscape. Yay! They’ve also opened the first “stored” snow Nordic skiing tracks in Rovaniemi, so it’s not so bad being here either. I haven’t been skiing yet, but I’ve enjoyed the weather and posed well for selfies while hiking in Lapland – exactly in Pyhä-Luosto National Park in the pictures, for example. [Strava data]

    And please, let me have a fashion blogger moment in here. May I introduce: my cool new jacket! It was damn expensive, but as it’s 6 years since my last shell jacket I kind of needed badly a new one. Moreover, this practical beauty (and apparently a bit of eco too) is finally a jacket which is long enough to cover my butt (no fitness blogger butt selfies in this blog), and it has long enough sleeves while being lean enough. Quite naturally then, it’s the kind of self-care I deserve, especially with this color (still a rare find in women’s collections).

    This week I’m having few more days of this and work, followed by weekend in Helsinki, for some books and wine and urban training (Helsinki Book Fair, some wine & food fair which has no english name, running, swimming and sauna). Maybe I find and can then tip you another cool remote working place in there too. In the series of which, I’ve moved myself into a new office up here, so less remote work in the coming weeks. And I have to say, if something, constant change is permanent in my life. It’s not light, but it has some good sides too. At least I don’t get bored easily.

    Now I’m plugging off to sleep the Monday blues away. Take care, enjoy the sun while you can, and talk to you later!

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Pyhä-Luosto National Park