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bricam2096

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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #15 on: 19:27:20, 12/07/17 »
I can't believe that I'm flying out on Friday to start this walk the next day, it still doesn't feel real. Excited would be a bit of an understatement  :)
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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #16 on: 20:04:21, 12/07/17 »
Have a wonderful time.[/size]


Take lots of photos to share, was there room for the DSLR?
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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #17 on: 20:23:52, 12/07/17 »
Have a wonderful time.[/size]


Take lots of photos to share, was there room for the DSLR?

to be honest, I'm still in 2 minds about taking it. It would be a shame to miss out on some wonderful photos to look back on but even though it's a light DSLR, it's still weight that can be avoided by taking my usual camera which has taken most of my photos on here and on my website.

I'm thinking though with scenery like I'm going to have, it'll look good on any camera  O0
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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #18 on: 09:52:39, 13/07/17 »
Have a great time bricam and we are looking forward to the stunning pics  O0
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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #19 on: 19:23:12, 14/07/17 »
I'm looking forward to seeing the views as well. The bus ride in from Geneva was very scenic too.

Only been in Les Houches a few hours but it's still confusing me as they all drive on the wrong side of the road lol
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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #20 on: 14:30:50, 18/07/17 »
4 days in and now relaxing in Courmayeur in Italy.

4 hot but not TOO hot days have meant beautiful scenery all around, and met some nice people along the way.

It has been a tough slog at times but the rewards are worth it.
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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #21 on: 15:59:36, 18/07/17 »
4 days in and now relaxing in Courmayeur in Italy.

4 hot but not TOO hot days have meant beautiful scenery all around, and met some nice people along the way.

It has been a tough slog at times but the rewards are worth it.


Bon courage. Allez-y
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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #22 on: 16:22:43, 20/07/17 »
Lucky, lucky you! Wish I was there.

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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #23 on: 17:17:35, 20/07/17 »
Awe, now I'm feeling guilty sitting here in my Apartment overlooking the lake at Champex in the evening sunshine  :D
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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #24 on: 18:17:32, 20/07/17 »
It has been a tough slog at times but the rewards are worth it.


I'd swap places with you in a flash!


Hope it is all still living up to or exceeding expectations.  O0

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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #25 on: 18:41:47, 20/07/17 »
Most definitely exceeding expectations, wish I had done this years ago.

It's tough going but the views are great rewards for the effort.
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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #26 on: 18:44:34, 20/07/17 »
It's tough going but the views are great rewards for the effort.


I love Alpine scenery, but have never done the TMB. It's very high on my "to do" list (I need to retire) coming just behind the Adlerweg in Austria, which I would love to do!  :)

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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #27 on: 19:08:23, 20/07/17 »
Awe, now I'm feeling guilty

What have you been up to then?  :D

Don't feel guilty, you are missing out on the glorious weather in the Lakes, going to be fab this weekend....oh no, so it isn't  :( It is going to bleddy rain quite a lot  >:(  ;D

I'm pleased you are enjoying it, we want to see lots of pics of the stunning scenery when you get back  :)
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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #28 on: 13:24:07, 26/07/17 »
Following this post with interest.  Have never thought about doing this before as thought it would be too high/difficult, but maybe not...

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Re: The Tour De Mont Blanc (TMB), July 2017
« Reply #29 on: 19:43:31, 26/07/17 »
Following this post with interest.  Have never thought about doing this before as thought it would be too high/difficult, but maybe not...


I would say that if you can do walks in the Lake District e.g then you can do the TMB. Yes, it's quite high up but then again you're starting every day usually higher up than Scafell Pike or Ben Nevis. The paths are all in good condition and the TMB is well signposted throughout. I just wish I'd done it 20 years ago.

I met many groups and individuals doing the walk of all shapes and sizes, including a group from the U.S. who were all over 69. It was a tough old slog at times but so are many of the walks here, the scenery is a great reward though for the effort and there are alternative routes on some days if you get a good weather day and want to go higher.

They have their own website (with English alternative) at http://www.autourdumontblanc.com/en/ which lists nearly all of the Refuges (Hostels) and gives the distances between them in hours making it easy to plan, many of which you can book online via that website. Some towns/villages also have Hotels if you prefer.

It's a cracking walk if you get the weather that I got and are physically fit enough to do bigger hills on multiple days, you can take optional rest days along the way in places like Courmayeur or Champex.

I'm having a few days off before I get my website updated with photos and a trip report etc
LDWs done - 21 in total including 9 National Trails and 3 C2C

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