T&T Blogs

Visit Chamonix: The Mountaineering Capital of the World!

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 31 March 2018

Alpine towns don’t come any more iconic than Chamonix, nestled in the heart of the French Alps. Renowned for its proximity to Western Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, Chamonix has long been considered the centre of Alpine mountaineering.


Birkebeiner Success!

Written by  Editor 31 March 2018

A few months ago, I wrote a short article about being inspired to take part in the Birkebeiner, a world-famous 54km XC Ski Marathon from Rena to Lillehammer, Norway. Well, I’ve only gone and done it!!!


How to survive the winter: plan for Spring!

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 26 February 2018

It may not seem like it with Siberian weather currently freezing Northern Europe, but Spring is not far away. To help take the edge off the winter chill, (and if you’ve had enough of the snow!) why not consider one of our upcoming sunshine escapes to Majorca or the Verdon Gorge?


EXCLUSIVE: 2018 TRAIL RUNNING CAMP

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 20 January 2018

We are delighted to be collaborating with Chloë Lanthier on our 2018 Chamonix trail running camp. Chloë, founder of the Chamonix based x-training school, is an extremely gifted and accomplished athlete with over two decades of experience competing across the globe.


Montane Ambassador

Written by  Editor 20 January 2018

We are pleased to announce that Tracks and Trails Director and co-owner Julia Tregaskis-Allen has been awarded the position of Ambassador for the British-owned outdoor clothing and equipment company Montane. As a member of the BAIML (British Association of Mountain Leaders), and one of four International Mountain Leaders chosen to represent the brand, Julia is very proud to have been selected and is looking forward to taking up the role:


The Cross Country Bug

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 12 January 2018

Thank you Lizzie for sending us your wonderful cross country skiing story.......(to date!)

Mention cross-country to skiing to most of my friends and colleagues and I am usually met with a response along the lines of ‘that looks a bit too much like hard work’..... well, it can be hard work, but it can also be incredibly rewarding, and for those people who enjoy trail running, long hikes or just some fresh air in the great outdoors away from the crowds, then it might just be worthwhile giving cross-country skiing a try.


9 Ways to Prepare for your Winter Holiday

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 08 December 2017

It’s chilly here in the Alps, and colder still in Scandinavia, the snow's arrived and winter has begun! Permission is granted to get excited about your winter holiday.

Be it on snowshoes or skis preparation for your trip is not only fun and can lift the spirit, but also meanS you'll make the most of your holiday.


A First-Timer's Guide to Snowshoeing

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 15 November 2017

As we enjoy the beautiful autumn colours and experience the first frosts the mountains across the northern hemisphere are starting to get their winter coat. Winter enthusiasts and the mountain resorts are preparing for the coming season.


Outdoor Photography: Taking Sharper Outdoor Photos

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 15 November 2017

While out enjoying nature we often wish to capture 'the moment' so that we can later relive our experiences, or share our excitement with others online and through social media. In fact it almost seems that, nowadays, decent photos are a prerequisite from any trip to prove a few bragging rights! There’s almost nothing more frustrating though, then, in returning from a great hike, ski or a day snowshoeing and find that those snaps you took while out on the trail weren’t quite as sharp as you’d first thought… so how did it happen?


Digital Fitness Devices for the Mountains

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 22 September 2017

Last month’s blog looked at a range of different smartphone apps for navigation, fitness and performance logging that can help you track activities and monitor your training progress. Most of us these days have smartphones and they can be a handy entry point into discovering the utility of digital devices in the outdoors. The utility of smartphones is such that they travel with us almost everywhere: as such, taking them on a run or a hike hardly appears a burden. Indeed, for safety’s sake it’s a good idea to have a phone with you in case of an emergency, or simply to contact others to let them know of your progress or changes to an itinerary. While many great apps indeed exist to aid your exploration and discovery of the mountains, once you’ve discovered their advantages you may find yourself looking to upgrade to a dedicated device designed for the backcountry.