Sunday, June 16, 2024

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

Whereas the Tour du Mont Blanc is demanding, it’s not a very troublesome 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 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 simple, with plenty of little breaks.

David, Sue, Shelley, and I shared the complete hike on Mont Blanc. However to be free to go our personal tempo, we usually discovered it finest to hike as {couples} reasonably than as a foursome. It’s actually necessary 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 may very well be actually rocky, and I can’t think about doing it with out mountain climbing poles. The path indicators had been nice, and apps made staying on the path simple: Simply observe the blue dot. And I obtained 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 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 rookies, “We’re getting good at this.”

As we had been mountain climbing in an enormous circle round an enormous clump of mountains and sleeping in charming cities every evening, day-after-day gave the impression to be up and over a frightening mountain move. A nightly deal with was a stroll underneath a milky blanket of stars.


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

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