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Encounters with the locals

“Via Alpina 2013: Meet the locals”, this was the title of the project by Thierry “Las Plumas”, a whole programme! Between 11 June and 25 August, he walked from Monaco to Trieste on the Red, Blue, Green and Yellow trails, sleeping mostly in his tent or in shelters found along the way.

Stefan & Heidi on stage C13, Berner Oberland (photo
On his blog, (in English) he shared day after day his progress, his encounters and splendid photos. The challenge has been fulfilled since over the language barriers, Thierry conversed with more than fifty inhabitants of the regions crossed, especially shepherds of all ages, whom he filmed at length during their work. There will be a lot of editing work in order to give us even more insight into this summer on the trails – to be continued!

You will also find under “Over to the Via Alpinists: and those who are setting off” the links to the blogs by Manuel, Lisa and Beverley, Jean-Louis and more. As regards our Via Alpina Fellows, their four journeys were carried out as planned – Thomas Falk and his elephant are still on the trails until the end of the month. Check their blogs, the videos will be available soon!

Congratulations to all, and a great start into the autumn!