• Bern
  • Postcard From The Swiss Alps

     

    Tiina Kivelä Swiss Alps

    Greetings from the Swiss Alps, Berner Oberland (Jungfrau Region). It was a good day on Saturday, with these views.

    This is a traditional Swiss mountain restaurant and that big one behind is The Eiger North Face (Eiger-Nordwand the tallest – 1800m – north face in the Alps).

    Recommended for the hungry ones: Käseschnitte. For the sporty ones: Alpine climbing. Or both.


    Where: Kleine Scheidegg

  • Bern
  • Classics For The Season Opening – Jungfrau Ski Region

    Tiina Kivelä Swiss Alps

    Had to do a trip across half the country again – to good old Jungfrau Ski Region. Though didn’t really have to, wanted to, was invited to and went for few nights and the first day of skiing for this season.

    Noticed how I clearly haven’t trained enough for this kind of sports and also damn it was cold (even for a Finn). But it was beautiful as hell  Swiss Alps at their best. And it was sunny, there was hot chocolate and bratwurst and after ski beer and one of the best parties of the year in Interlaken after the after ski.

    As a pro tip, if and when going to ski here, check the accommodation+ski pass packages. Might give you a “free” night with breakfast for the price of day’s ski pass. Me spoiled kid could – this time again – enjoy the hospitality of friends.

    A friend with these views is definitely a friend to be grateful for. And a very lucky friend.

    Tiina Kivelä Swiss Alps

    Tiina Kivelä Kleine Scheidegg

    Where: Jungfrau Ski Region  – Kleine Scheidegg 2061 m & Lauberhorn Start Bar 2317 m

  • BLOG
  • In These Shoes And Trails I Walk The Alps

    Tiina Kivelä

    Just wanted to let you know in which kind of shoes I walk my hikes in the Alps. And sometimes dance a bit, like Julie Andrews.

    I’ve seen many a hiker in sneakers and even sandals and barefoot (greetings R), but my choice and recommendation are the category 3/trekking shoes. These for the Swiss trails marked with yellow and/or the red and white markings, as the trail in these pics from last Saturdays’a hike in Alpstein – the kind of which the most common trails for me and other hikers in Switzerland are.

    As you already know or see now in the pics, these trails are occasionally very rocky and slippery, and for that it’s good to have shoes which are supportive, robust and built for mountain hikes, including a good sole preferably with  climbing zone. And of course they should also have good looks and easy to clean materials – life’s too short for ugly shoes, even in the mountains where it might be that the only one seeing your shoes in addition to you is the marmot.

    My pair is the women’s low-cut Lowa Phoenix LL (not paid ad, bought and paid by myself). I’m not sure if the model’s in the production anymore, but it’s the kind of shoe I can highly recommend if you are looking for a simple and light trekking shoe for the easy and middle-difficulty hikes and day tours in the Alps (in the Swiss trail scale the yellow wanderwege and red-white bergwanderwgere), and even for the easier huttours.

    For me these shoes have worked more than fine in the Swiss trails and adventures for over two summers already, and even though after every 20km hike it’s nice to change to flip-flops or go barefoot I wouldn’t walk the trails with any other pair.

    Tiina Kivelä Hyvä retki

    Tiina Kivelä / Hyvä retki

    Tiina Kivelä / Hyvä retki

    Tiina Kivelä / Hyvä retki

    Apparently, I’m not as good choosing my watch to the occasion as I am with the shoes. DW is definitely not the best choice for mountains, but as far as I don’t have any other (though I do wonder how’s that possible with the second home in Switzerland) this has to go and collect scars as the reminders of good adventures.

    Tiina Kivelä / Hyvä retki

    Tiina Kivelä / Hyvä retki