Florence and I are from Toronto, Canada. We have been hiking together for a few years. Once we started, the hiking bug bit us fast and hard. We have covered a lot of ground since we started and relied heavily on blogs from other hikers to inform our farther-from-home planning.
When reading hiking blogs we often found it really helpful if we could get a good idea of the writer’s fitness level and pace, so we could decide whether their itineraries were in line with what we were capable of. We hope to tell you as much as possible about our experience of the physical aspects of the hikes so you can adjust your plans according to your own wishes.
Overall, we like longer hikes ranging from 20-25 km per day. Having never hiked alpine terrain until 2017, we realized that this would be adjusted to more like on average of 15-20 km per day, depending on altitude loss & gain. Our hikes are strenuous but not extreme and, with decent fitness level, entirely doable. We like to hike at a pace of at least 5 kph in easy terrain and no less than 3.5 kph in more challenging terrain, though steep climbs have definitely slowed us down some. We are not big fans of scrambling, wearing helmets and via ferrata, though we have had some experience with the latter. Not living in the mountains, we have trained for alpine hikes by hiking every possible hill locally and by jogging, including a bit of hill running. It worked for us.
We hope you come along for the hikes and enjoy!