Category Archives: Trail Running

Welcome to Holimites’ short trekking and short trail running tours

“I’ve only got a few days of vacation for a trekking!”

“Unfortunately, I can’t stay away that long!”

“Can I just join half of the trekking holiday?”

Trekking Dolomites

Trekking Dolomiti

These are some of the messages that our booking team often gets during the year. Holimites’ early years seem far away – even if it’s only been 18 years – when most of our clients didn’t have any problems going on a 10-12 day holiday to complete the full course of the Dolomite’s Alta Via.

Of course, there are still those who opt for the 10-12 day full classic experience and then, there are others who can only take off a week to trek routes such as the “Best of Alta Via #1 e #2”, due to a limited vacation leave. The latter package has actually become our bestseller, and it’s offered in a trail running version, too.

That being said, a full week holiday is becoming for many an elusive dream. Many regular Holimites clients are beginning to prefer shorter holidays, but taking more frequent vacations during the season.

At Holimites, we’re trying to meet the demands of our clientele, so for 2019 we’ve thought of 3 new offers, tailored to short holidays:

1. If you love to walk and run, we’ve thought of the Sellaronda, covering the four passes, as a trail meant for you. The Sellaronda has become famous thanks to winter tourism: any skier who comes to the Dolomite valleys must ski the Sella Massif circuit at least one in a lifetime! (By the way, do you know how many times we’ve skied the Sellaronda circuit in one day?
In summer, the four Dolomite passes (Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena) welcome thousands of cyclists who, like their skiing counterparts, aim to ride this fantastic circuit at least once in their life. (Psst! Cyclists: do you know that during summer we organize a moonlight road bike ride on the Sellaronda?
So, the next evolutionary step came naturally: after the Sellaronda on skis and on bike, a Sellaronda trekking version and a Sellaronda trail running version just had to be developed. Like our Trekking “Best of Alta Via #1 e #2”, you can choose to be guided by a local expert or do it on your own. Holimites, as always, will take care of logistics and baggage transport from hut to hut.

2. The other short vacation offer is a package that is an ode to the Dolomites’ most beautiful seasons.
Spring: when winter’s last snow covers the Dolomite peaks and the meadows below begin to transform into a colorful bliss. And, autumn: when the larches are adorned in beautiful golden hues. This program is aptly named: The colors of the Dolomites!

3. “Do you only have programs for those who want to sweat and run out of steam?”
Yup, this is also another one of those common questions we receive by e-mail. To tell the truth, up until now, Holimites has always focused on offering vacation packages for active people who possess average-to-great athletic fitness levels. But, for those of you who don’t know, two of Holimites’ founding members are professional chefs who cook in their own hotels! Their passion for the culinary arts has inspired our newest program: DOLOM …EAT…ES!
Yes, that’s right: “eat”! A program where you can learn to cook and then eat, eat, eat. STOP!

Hold on…actually, you’ll be hand picking some of the main ingredients for your meals in the surrounding meadows and woods. Nature will provide the herbs and scents, so there will be a bit of walking to find those “fixings” that our chefs will order. We guarantee that you’ll have an “explosion of flavors”!

Trekking gourmet Dolomites

See you soon in the Dolomites this summer!

Deer, beer, Wifi – the story of a dolomites trail run

 

DEER
They are nine.
They came from Alaska.
They are friends, wives, mothers, housewives. And they also are doctors, teachers, shop owners, freelancers and other.

So you can guess that: they have a lot to talk about, and in fact they talk, they talk ALOT: they talk while hiking, while running, while walking and during the pauses. Of course they talk (a very lot) at breakfast, lunch and dinner. And they talk also – not really “of course” – while sleeping. So, in few words, they simply talk ALWAYS and LOUDLY.

Then one day Tata the guide sees a deer while traversing the woods, and says just one word (you know, he’s a mountain guy, they don’t talk too much): “DEER !”

And the magic happens: the whole group immediately stops. Don’t take me wrong: they don’t stop talking, they stop being loud, and proceed gently whispering (and trying to see the deer).

So this is the first keyword of the week, widely used all the times when the attention was needed: DEER !

BEER
Now you can imagine that: after so many hours talking while running, hiking, dining etc. etc. etc. they can be really very thirsty.

So that day we were reaching the Pisciadù Hut (elevation 2.580) after a long and hot hike, and the guide’s assistant (Mia, that’s me) said another single word (I don’t talk so much neither, even if – as widely stated – I’m not a mountain girl): “BEER !”

Suddenly the group started screaming and running hands-raised towards the hut. And this became the second keyword of the week, used to celebrate to most deserved and awaited moments of the day: BEER !

WIFI
And so this is us for the whole week: running and hiking for about 100 km and 6.000 mt up, and constantly talking about husbands, sons, daughters, school, colleagues but also books, the best and worst of the day (I did like that!) and some other questions that I didn’t understand (because listening takes resources too and those were not always available – I mean: they talk also very fast sometimes!).

At the end, we found there was only one situation (apart from deers, that’s obvious) where the group stopped talking, and this was kinda signal they where sending to each other, because there was only one good reason for not being talking: connection available!

And this became the third keyword of the week: WIFI !

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Originally posted by Mia Battaglia on his Facebook profile after a week running on the Dolomites Alta Via #1 & #2 trails

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Why now is the best time to travel to the Dolomites for US residents

No, the reason isn’t because of Trump ;-) … but the weak Euro makes it the best time to travel now.

In fact, if we compare the Euro to US Dollar exchange rate on a currency chart covering the last 5 years, the Euro is now at its lowest!

EUR vs. USD 5 years range

EUR vs. USD 5 years range

Not so long ago (just 3 years), the Euro to Dollar ratio was at its peak: you had to dish out roughly 1.35 Dollars for every Euro.

Just think about it. In 2014, our bestselling offer – the “Trekking Best of Alta Via #1 & #2″ guided package – cost 1,090.00 Euro, which was then 1,471.50 US Dollars.

The same package in 2017 costs 1,150.00 Euro – today that’s 1,207.50 Dollars. Math never lies! Right now you can save more than 250.00 bucks for the same offer!

What’s even better … all our proposals on holimites.com are 18% cheaper today than in 2014!
That means more money in your pocket to invest in some extra days visiting the Dolomites or
Italy.

That said:

  • if you love outdoor activities like trekking, trail running, cycling, mountain biking, and so on
  • if the Dolomites are on your travel bucket list
  • if you want an YOLOmites experience ;-)

it’s time to browse through the holimites.com website and pick the travel experience that fits you best – we’ll do the rest!

See you soon in the Dolomites!

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer

How did the latest Holimites Trail Running tour come about?

Trail Running Dolomites Traverse by Holimites

Dolomites Trail Running Traverse by Holimites – Foto: ©PatitucciPhoto

With no real intention, we realized Holimites had been offering something new in trail running activities every 3 years.

Our first hut-to-hut trail running tour across the Dolomites was in 2007; this covered the traditional paths of the Alta Via 1. Trail running on the Alta Via 2 followed in 2010. In 2013, we asked clients which were their favorite runs and stops along the AV1 and AV2. What resulted is a tour that has become our absolute bestselling sports package: “The Best of Alta Via 1 and 2” for trail runners. It combines the most stunning locations of the Dolomite’s classic AV1 and 2.

The summer of 2016 will introduce Holimites’ newest trail running bonanza.

To create this latest tour, we took a novel approach by setting ourselves these 3 objectives:

1) It can’t be a carbon copy of one of the classic Dolomite Alta Vias and it has to avoid the same trails we already offer in other programs.
This time around we wanted to spice things up by creating our own, unique signature tour. Thanks to the multitude of trails that connect Dolomite mountain huts, it’s pretty easy to put together a beautiful itinerary like pieces of a big puzzle. Although we weren’t able to totally avoid stretches along trails offered on our other programs, we were able to limit this to just 8 km of the total 106 km…and those 8 are distributed throughout the stages. Not bad!

As we charted the route on paper, in-house we affectionately baptized the new traverse: “The Holimites Alta Via”.

2) It has to give the “Wow” effect.

Trail Running Dolomites Traverse by Holimites

©PatitucciPhoto

Of course, the Dolomites are famous for flaunting a plethora of breathtaking scenery and trails set amongst spectacular peaks. But, when pressed to choose, which highpoints are really “postcard perfect” and will last significantly in a trail runner’s recollection? Close your eyes and imagine you’re running through the first trail stage at the foot of the 3 Cime di Lavaredo. Your guide stops you and he or she points out the mountains that you will cover on your first 3 stages. The same thing will happen every day: you’ll get a sneak-peak of the next 3 stages in your scenic odyssey. “Wow”!

3) It has to have the best trails suited to running.
The Alta Vias 1 and 2 tours mirror the classic outdoor hiking route that, in certain spots, can be demanding to run on unless you’re a hardened vet like Kilian Jornet or Jenn Shelton (who was our trail running guest a few years ago). That’s why we designed the “Best of Alta Via 1 and 2″ program.

We wanted to push ourselves a little further on our newest tour. Hut-to-hut and stage-to-stage, we chose the trails that are most appropriate to trail running without compromising stunning panoramas of the Dolomite Mountains.  

That’s how the Trail Running Dolomites Traverse was born! (Between you and me, we won’t mind if you call it the Holimites Alta Via.) An extraordinary running adventure through the Dolomites, following dawn to dusk from East to West!

Anxious to know more? Dates and details are available on our website at the following link.

By the way…did you count how many times we repeated the number “three”? That means, if you’ve already strutted your stuff with us on two of our Dolomite trail running programs…as the old saying goes: All good things come in THREES!

Trail Running Dolomites Traverse by Holimites

Trail Running Dolomites Traverse by Holimites

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®-Holimites.com 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
Website: http://www.transalpine-run.com/

Video about the 10th edition: