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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 numerous altitude achieve and loss, and all the time scenic. On my latest trek across the mountain with three pals, 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 numerous little breaks.

David, Sue, Shelley, and I shared all the hike on Mont Blanc. However to be free to go our personal tempo, we usually discovered it greatest to hike as {couples} slightly 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 resort.”

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 comply with the blue dot. And I received 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 regarded 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 a giant circle round a giant clump of mountains and sleeping in charming cities every evening, daily appeared to be up and over a frightening mountain go. A nightly deal with was a stroll beneath a milky blanket of stars.


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

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