Taking it Straightforward on the Tour du Mont Blanc – Rick Steves’ Journey Weblog

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Whereas the Tour du Mont Blanc is demanding, it’s not a very tough hike. It’s simply lengthy, with plenty of altitude achieve and loss, and at all times scenic. On my current trek across the mountain with three buddies, 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.

David, Sue, Shelley, and I shared all the hike on Mont Blanc. However to be free to go our personal tempo, we typically discovered it finest to hike as {couples} quite than as a foursome. It’s actually vital to have the ability to cease and relaxation with no concern for what the others need or want. Our mantra was, “We’re right here to hike — to benefit from the second, the path, the mountains — to not race to the lodge.”

For lengthy climbs, regular, smaller steps are finest. The path could possibly be actually rocky, and I can’t think about doing it with out mountain climbing poles. The path indicators have been nice, and apps made staying on the path straightforward: Simply comply with 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 seemed threatening, we hiked six days (in September, over the last 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 newcomers, “We’re getting good at this.”

As we have been mountain climbing in a giant circle round a giant clump of mountains and sleeping in charming cities every evening, on daily basis appeared to be up and over a frightening mountain go. A nightly deal with was a stroll underneath a milky blanket of stars.


I’ll be sharing extra images, tales, and suggestions from Mont Blanc on the Nov. 29 version of Monday Night time Journey. Need to come alongside? Register now for this enjoyable — and free! — occasion. 


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