Our philosophy




Like many in UK mountain sports, the Alps are our inspiration. Our early experiences there led us to free and explorative running, which has in turn influenced the way we approach our native mountains: fast, light, independent and by fair means.

We are runners and therefore we don't walk up mountains. This keeps the game simple to understand and the goals clear. There is the possibility of success and also failure, which can be experienced by a solitary runner at 3000 metres in Switzerland or on a small summit in the Lake District.

Running should mean free movement in the mountains, a truly liberating experience. We can't pretend it isn't hard, but we can establish a novice on a sustainable running platform from which to train and get into the hills, or help the established athlete adapt and gain mountain skills and insights.

Of Italian-Swiss descent, Runtirol founder Vicky Wilkinson began running in the Alps in 1998, and since then has been searching out high routes in Switzerland, Austria, Chamonix, Bavaria, and the Dolomites.

Vicky has written articles on Alpine Running for the British Mountaineering Council’s Summit Magazine and is a qualified, full member of the Mountain Training Association.

Runtirol - alpine running, is featured on the Montane expedition pages. To view Runtirol at Montane click here

I support the BMC

All our guides are experienced mountain runners, some are mountaineers, paddlers and orienteers as well, bringing challenge and expertise from other disciplines.

All Runtirol activities are risk assessed and undertaken in accordance with our own Safety Policy. Where appropriate, guides carry the Mountain Leader Award.

Read more about our guides here.


Mountain running is still a minority activity in Britain and something of a demonstration sport in parts of the Alps. Women are still only second generation participants.

As such we have a responsibility to set the standards for the sport. We don’t support the mass challenge events that are having an impact in the UK, and try to have the least impact in the Alps, showing consideration for the other, more established activities in the mountains.