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Holimites or Lovemites (Lovomites sounds also fine)

A nice article featuring one of our Holimites Trekking tours on the Dolomites Alta Via #2 came out recently on Backpackers Magazine on and off-line edition.

Love on the Rocks Backpackers Magazine

The writer Brendan Leonard, that is the blogger behind joined us together with photographer and friend Dan Patitucci in 2013 during our classic Alta Via #2.
The goal was to shoot great images for our catalogue and Brendan was one of our models together with Jennifer … a really beautiful girl. We always wonder how Dan is always able to find this ‘pearls’ creating sometimes a lot of trouble among our male guides (right Tata?) during our hikes.

Bottom line … what came out of this 9 days hike is a fantastic story that you can read on Backpackers Magazine on-line edition (if you didn’t get the printed one).

And that’s not the first time that our trekking and trailrunning tours end in some kind of LOVE story. So don’t wonder if like the Loveboat you will read about us like the Lovemites team ;-)

GORE-TEX® Transalpine Run 10th edition

Transalpinerun 2014 In February we wrote about our participation with a team composed by the ultrarunner Jenn Shelton and our trailrunning guide Andreas Irsara at the 10th edition of the Gore-Tex Transalpine run.

We knew that this was a really strong team that could be able to demonstrate his value on the field. It came out out even better by finishing at the 3rd stage on the 2nd place and at the 5th stage on the 1st place.

All participants are real STARS, from the first to the last ones and our team GORE-TEX® ended the 8 stage race in 7th position.

Only 3 weeks before Jenn tried again to beat the John Muir Trail record together with Krissy Moehl. She fighted over the 211 miles in 4 days and hours. You may find some more information of the past JMT attempts by Jenn on the following link and the blog post about this

Transalpine Run 2014

year attempt by Krissy Moehl at this link.

All this didn’t stop Jenn to join Andreas on the Transalpine Run and afterwards to join our last trail running group of the season running the best parts of the Dolomites Alta Via #1 and #2 trail with our guests.
A huge THANK YOU to Jenn and Andreas for a week plenty of emotions … and browser refreshing to check how the race was going on!

Transalpine Run 2014

A more complete picture gallery is available on our Facebook page or scroll through our media in Instagram and Twitter.

Some more stats about the 10th edition of the Transalpine Run 2014:

Date: 30/08/2014 – 06/09/2014
Stages: 8
Km: 293
Altitude Gain: 13.730 m

Video about the 10th edition:

Win an entry to the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel with the Dolomites Cycling Weeks

All cycling guests taking part at our Dolomites Cycling Weeks have a chance to win an entry at the famous Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel.

Here are the details how it works:

  • Every week 1 man and 1 female can win a participation (choice between the 2014 and 2015 edition) at the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel 
  • In order to be selected as a lucky winner participants at the Dolomites Cycling Weeks need to use a GPS device (also available for rental) and upload their rides on STRAVA. It is also possible to use the STRAVA app for mobile phones. The Holimites guides will be available to help you set your GPS devices and explain how the uploading of the tracks on STRAVA works.
  • At the end of the week , out of all cyclists that uploaded their rides during the Dolomites Cycling Weeks, a lucky male and female cyclist will be drawn and win the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel entry. 

During each week special and funny classifications will be set up and winners rewarded with typical local products.

All participants will also receive a special gift for their participation on the basis of the total meters climbed during the week:
GOLD: those who have accumulated more than 9,001 vertical meters
SILVER: from 6,001 to 9,000 meters in altitude
BRONZE: up to 6,000

Last but not least!
All participants at the Dolomites Cycling Weeks that redeem their vouchers for the guided day trips (4 vouchers), for the energy bars (4 vouchers), for the GPS device rental (1 voucher), or for the purchase of the all-inclusive package (3 vouchers), will also participate in the big final draw where they may win again 2 entries (1 male and 1 female) for the 2015 edition of the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel.

Holimites honored by OUTSIDE Travel Awards 2014

Outside Travel Awards LogoBADIA, Dolomites (March 4, 2014) – OUTSIDE, America’s leading active lifestyle brand, has selected HOLIMITES as an honoree of their annual Travel Awards, which celebrate the top destinations, companies, products, and travel providers—in the U.S. and around the world—that inspire people to participate in an active lifestyle. HOLIMITES was honored as BEST TRAIL RUNNING. The entire list of honorees appear in OUTSIDE’s April issue (on newsstands March 18), and online at

This year, OUTSIDE tapped its global network of correspondents, who traveled across America, to Belize, Switzerland, Italy, and beyond, identifying the best new adventures, stunning lakes, gorgeous new lodges and hotels, family vacations, secret getaways, high-tech airports, and foodie hotspots. The result is more than 50 spectacular trips, plus the best travel apps, tour guides, gear, tips for traveling green, and advice for traveling solo.

“Since we founded HOLIMITES in year 2000 our goal is always to make the holiday in the Dolomites for all our guests unforgettable. The OUTSIDE Travel Award honoree is for the whole HOLIMITES team, starting from our guides to the office staff, one of the best rewards we ever received and we are looking forward to greet all new guests in the Dolomites”
said HOLIMITES CEO Igor Tavella

“Whether you’re looking to go big for an expedition, splurge on a luxurious paradise, or plan an epic family trip, OUTSIDE has unearthed fifty travel gems that will inspire you to renew that passport,”
said OUTSIDE Editor Chris Keyes.

Detailed information about HOLIMITES is available on the company website at 

About OUTSIDE: OUTSIDE is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. Since 1977, OUTSIDE has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The OUTSIDE family includes OUTSIDE magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, Outside Books, and now Outside GO, a revolutionary, 21st-century adventure-travel company. 

Outside Travel Awards Issue Cover

Jenn Shelton teams up with Andreas Irsara for the GORE-TEX® Transalpine Run

Andreas Irsara ©Mia Battaglia

Those of you who did trail running in the Dolomites with us in past summers are already familiar with Andreas (a.k.a “Tata”). But, very few of you know that aside from being one of our main Trail Running guides, (among his many athletic abilities!) he is also an excellent backcountry skier. For two years now he’s entered in trail competitions such as the Lavaredo Ultra Trail, the ISF European Skyrunning Championships and the Trans D’Havet through the Piccole Dolomiti, winning spots on the podium!

Then there’s Jenn: a thirty-something American who lives in Oregon – not so well-known in Italy – who is both enfant terrible and child prodigy and just runs, runs, runs…on roads, in forests or up and down mountains at supersonic speed. She’s so fast she still holds the record for the fastest 100-miles Ultrarun today.

Jenn Shelton ©PatitucciPhoto

She even qualified for the 2013 Olympic Marathon Trials with a time of 2:41. Wild but extremely sensitive and intelligent, she champions healthy nutrition and minimalist running – no wonder she’s an ambassador for the environmentally-friendly brand par excellence: Patagonia. There’s more on the “Brujita’s” (Little Witch) adventures and lifestyle to whet your interest in Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book on minimalist running: “Born to Run”

We met Jenn by pure chance one winter when she was here in Alta Badia on vacation with a group of friends on a Holimites tour. Given our mutual love of sports, it was friendship at first sight and the idea to participate in the GORE-TEX® Transalpine Run in September 2014 was born!

What is it all about?
The 2014 GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN takes place from 30 August to 6 September and is one of the toughest stage runs in the world, celebrating its 10th Edition this year. During the 8 stages, 350 two-member teams will cross the Alps for about 293 km distance starting at Ruhpholding, Germany, and ending at Sesto di Pusteria, Italy – accumulating a total of 13,730 m of elevation gain. Each stage clocks up an average of 40+ kilometers and over 2,000 m of ascent.

This is the first time Jenn and Andreas have entered the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN and their team name is:


Aside from being the official sponsor of the event, GORE-TEX® is also the official supplier of Holimites’ Trail Running and Trekking guides. GORE-TEX® believes so strongly in this team to have become its co-sponsor together with Holimites – just one more reason for us to try and put our best foot forward at this spectacular event.

Once the winter season is over in the Dolomites and in Colorado, Jenn and Andreas will start preparing specifically for this event and you’ll be able to follow their training on Facebook and Twitter.

That’s not all: after the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN Jenn will again be our guest and you’ll have the unique opportunity to meet her and run with her, as well as with Andreas, and practice Yogaxrunners during the Holimites Trail Running week “The best of Alta Via 1&2” from 6 to 13 September 2014!

During the last holiday in the Dolomites we took Jenn to take part at one of the many ski randonneering night races in the Dolomites.

The official trailer of the event: