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Travel Update

Sorry for not posting an update before now. My iPhone was out of commission for a little while due to water damage from our Chamonix-to-Zermatt adventure. First it wouldn’t work at all, then after a couple of weeks in a rice bag, it would only work when plugged into the wall. I replaced the battery at the end of last week and now it’s working again!

Enough about the iPhone. Here are some quick updates:

Pictures: We didn’t travel with computers so I can’t sort/edit any photos until we are back in Canada. I go back to work right away but will do my best to get some posted soon.

Haute Route: We made it! Chamonix to Zermatt in 11 days. We covered a total of approximately 160 km by foot and somewhere between 10,000 to 12,000 meters of vertical! We are feeling good though and have managed a few more hikes and runs since then.

Zermatt: After finishing, we spent four days in Zermatt. Lauren (Amanda’s sister) and her fiancĂ© Paul joined us for the weekend and we did a great hike with wonderful views of the Matterhorn (the mountain on the Toblerone chocolate bar).

Grenoble: We spent last week in Grenoble with Lauren and Paul. It was a mixture of low key, relaxed days with some hiking thrown in.

Tuscany: Amanda’s parents have now joined us and the six of us are currently having a “tough” week at a villa in Tuscany. Lots of relaxing by the pool and we ate lunch today at a local winery. Amanda and I have been getting out for a run each morning before it gets too hot.

That’s all for now! More updates soon (either later this week or when pictures are ready when we get back home).

Haute Route


I thought I would post some information here about what we are up to so people have a place to get the details.

What are we doing?

We are going to attempt to “run” from Chamonix to Zermatt – Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. The route we are taking will likely be somewhere between 160-180 km and we are aiming to finish in 11 days. Each day will be between 15-24 km and will vary in difficulty based on changes in elevation. The map to the left will give a general idea of our route, but it could vary depending on conditions, how we are feeling, etc.

Why are we doing this?

We are not completely sure ourselves!?!? All we know is that three years ago we had a great time doing the Tour Mont Blanc and this trip promises to be more of the same. Since we have been doing more trail running over the past year, we thought it would be fun to give a multi-day run a try. But, our main goal is to have fun and be safe, so if that means hiking instead of running at times, that’s what we’ll do!

Information for those interested in following along:

Map and Messages: (password to access the map is: hauteroute)

We hope this works! While we are running, our new GPS device should send a location data point every 10-20 mins. We will also try to remember to send a message each night, from the GPS device, which will appear on the map. If we forget to send a message one night, or have technical difficulties, please do not worry about us. We will update everyone when we can.

Talk to you all soon! We will try and post here when we can as well but we don’t expect to have reliable or regular internet service for the next couple of weeks.

Andy and Amanda

Still Alive!

I know I haven’t posted much here in a while. It’s mainly because most of my “spare” time right now is spent studying.

We did get away for a night on the weekend to see Craig Cardiff again in Wakefield. Always an entertaining show.

I have been trying to run in the mornings before work as much as possible and some longer runs on the weekends. The plan is still to run the Ottawa half-marathon on May 27. Today I also signed up for the Powderface half-marathon trail race in Bragg Creek, Alberta on July 14. Hopefully I will be able to adjust to trails, altitude and elevation change.

More soon!