Whereas the Tour du Mont Blanc is demanding, it’s not a very tough hike. It’s simply lengthy, with plenty of altitude acquire and loss, and at all times scenic. On my latest trek across the mountain with three associates, it appeared every of us had a weak spot: knees, toes, or lungs. For some, the problem was the uphill half, and for others (with weak knees), it was going downhill. We simply took it straightforward, with plenty of little breaks.
For lengthy climbs, regular, smaller steps are greatest. The path could possibly be actually rocky, and I can’t think about doing it with out climbing poles. The path indicators have been nice, and apps made staying on the path straightforward: Simply observe the blue dot. And I bought good use out of a top-quality printed map. (I’d spend time the evening earlier than studying up on the hike and familiarizing myself with the path on the map.)
Whereas the climate forecast appeared threatening, we hiked six days (in September, over the past week of the season) and, fortunately, had just one hour of rain. Nonetheless, every day we’d pack rain gear, and we’d add on and take off layers as we gained and misplaced altitude. After 4 days, we had it sorted out, and it occurred to us rank freshmen, “We’re getting good at this.”
As we have been climbing in an enormous circle round an enormous clump of mountains and sleeping in charming cities every evening, daily appeared to be up and over a frightening mountain cross. A nightly deal with was a stroll beneath a milky blanket of stars.
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