About Us

About our adventure travel company…

Alpine Adventure Trails Tours Inc. offers guided and self guided hiking, trekking and climbing trips to Switzerland, Austria, Scotland (Isle of Skye). We also offer private group guided trips to all the above locations (no minimum number of guests for private trips). Guided tours have two guides and a maximum of 12 guests (maximum guests is 10 for Isle of Skye Tour).

Alpine Adventure owned and operated by Shannon Harris (lead guide since 1998) is committed to providing the ideal active trip for you, one tailored around your individual preferences. Our guide to guest ratio of 1:6 with an owner/guide leading the trip allows us to structure hikes where everyone gets exactly what they want from the trip. The ability to make changes and adjustments during the hike and the ability to sequence hikes around weather conditions are some of our biggest strengths. We always remember after all hiking is the star of the show.

Alpine Adventure Trails Tours, Inc. was founded in 1978 leading hiking trips exclusively in Switzerland. Family relationships between the Alpine Adventure family and the families that own and operate the hotels we use go back for generations. We work as a team to make sure you have a fabulous time. This formula of a small group in family run hotels with attentive experienced and fun guides and staff has helped us maintain a 50% repeat or referral rate for hiking guests.

Alpine Adventure Trails Tours donates 25% of profits to the LH Harris Ecology Center to help maintain and operate the LH Harris Dog Park and Rescue. For details regarding the park and rescue visit the LH Harris Ecology Center Facebook page.


Carrie Carlquist

Carrie is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, and skiing both inbounds and backcountry. She expresses her love for the mountains by: supporting conservation and preservation of natural lands for future generations, volunteering as a leader and/or instructor for organizations such as the Spokane Mountaineers, and engaging in friendships with others who share her enthusiasm. Carrie continually seeks to broaden her outdoor experience and knowledge base for the safety of her students, peers, hiking guests and friends. She is Wilderness First Aid-certified and has graduated from the Spokane Mountaineers backpacking, mountaineering, lead climbing, and high angle rescue courses.


John Breivogel

John has been a hiking enthusiast since his teenage years in the Boy Scouts. In addition to guiding for Alpine Adventures, he has been a volunteer guide for the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks in Maryland since 1996 and a volunteer guide for the Mountain Club of Maryland since 2010. When not guiding, John vacations by hiking the less known areas of Europe, especially the Germanic regions. He has explored Germany’s Sächsishe Schweiz, Odenwald, Pfälzerwald, Bayerischerwald, Schwarzwald, Saarland and Moseltal; Austria’s Weissensee, Stubaital, and Zillertal, Elsass’s Vogesen Mountains; Luxemburg’s Klein Zwitserland; and Belgium’s Ardennes. And has fun and incredible memories and stories from all. He is simply a delight to talk to about hiking and traveling in Europe. He has accumulated an incredible wealth of knowledge about the history of all the places visited.