Thoughts – Tip Two

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As we move into the holiday season (gulp) I will post a few health tips, and gentle reminders to help keep us present and focused on those things that really matter. Life is crazy enough, so if you need to move inward, give yourself permission to do so.

Thought number two – Take walks, often with friends, partners and alone.

I have been walking a lot these days. It helps me to clear my head, adds a splash of color to my cheeks and reminds me what a beautiful city I live in. Don’t be afraid to walk alone, or to leave your family for a few moments to breathe in your surroundings and return with a renewed sense of self. Walking has the power to re-frame our mindset and walking or hiking with a great group of friends can lift the spirit beyond measure!

Pratteln to Muttenz – Rebenweg

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There is something absolutely magical about the autumn. Wearing sweaters, getting cozy under the glow of candles at night and the urge to hunker down and relax are all moments of dream of year round. Another aspect of the autumn that is full of joy and wonder, is the opportunity to hike through the many vineyards that fill the Swiss landscape. If you are located in the Basel area and looking for a gorgeous ramble through the vines consider the following:

Start: Pratteln  Banhofstrasse (tram 14)

Finish:  Muttenz Dorf or reverse

Time: Roughly 2 hours

Accessible via tram 14 – Pratteln

Kilometers: Roughly 7.3km

Trail Markers: Follow the white and green trail markers indicating, “Rebenweg.”

We have completed this hike several times and enjoy this easy trail immensely this time of the year.

To see more details, including a map on this hike, please visit:

https://www.bergwelten.com/t/w/25855

http://www.weinbauverein-muttenz.ch/assets/Files/Rebenweg%20Muttenz-Pratteln.pdf

What Does Adventure Mean?

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There is a lot of hype these days on getting your stoke on in the nature world. The more extreme, the better it seems. You see this on Instagram accounts and rescue teams will account for the extreme culture we are currently in. Save the shot and be smart when in the natural world.

Extreme in the Alps is not always wise with the potential to land you in a great deal of trouble. Before venturing out on any trail or adventure, here are a few tips to ensure success.

1. Know and check the weather forecasts. This is imperative in the Alps, especially since weather can change frequently and it does.

2. Check passes if a pass is part of your route. Passes can be dangerous especially after a heavy snow season, bad weather or extreme rain. Make sure the pass is clear before starting your journey.

3. Be prepared with a first aid kit. You never know when you may need medical supplies while on the trail.

4. Be aware of rock falls, avalanches and the elements, which all posses potential dangers.

5. Chair lift operators, tourist offices and hotel staff are great resources to ask whenever you may be in doubt.

6. Never rely on cell reception in the mountains. Instead, go old school and carry a map, know your route and follow trail markers.

7. Carry what you need with you, which includes layers for changing weather, a hat, sunglasses, plenty of water and of course, some snacks.

8. Dodge the photo and don’t put yourself at risk. Sure you might get lots of likes on Instagram, but perching yourself in a precarious pose in a dangerous location simply isn’t worth it.

9. Have fun! Switzerland is gorgeous beyond belief, so soak it all in, make the most of good weather and get out there!

 

Order A Book!

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Photo credit HELVETIQ

We are pleased to announce that our book, Fresh Air Kids Switzerland is now available through the Book Depository. If you are residing outside of Switzerland and looking for a way to purchase our book (free of shipping costs), pop on over to the Book Depository  and order your copy today. Then all you have to do is book your tickets to Switzerland and hit the trails!

*The book description is in German, however, the book is listed in English. To read more details on our book, click here.

 

 

Inspiration

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Switzerland is home to over 65,000km of impressive hiking trails, but where do you hike with children? We are familiar with that question because all those years ago when we welcomed our son into our lives we wondered the exact same thing.

Well, after years of hiking, we thought it was time to put together a book that answers all of your pressing questions about hiking with children.

You know…

How do I hike with children?

Is it safe to hike with children?

Where do we hike with children?

How do we read trail markers and how do we know if the route is safe?

Is there anything fun, or of interest along the route for our children to see or do?

How do we keep our children hiking when the going gets tough?

We answered all of your questions and more. With over 52 family approved hikes,  in 19 of the 26 cantons in Switzerland, there is a hike waiting for you!

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of our book and getting inspired by one of the many trails we outline in Switzerland, simply click here and happy trails!

Fresh Air Kids Switzerland – 52 Inspiring Hikes That Will Make Kids and Parents Happy.