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myxpyr

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Old Farts Doing the Tour du Mont Blanc
« on: 19:15:15, 05/02/20 »
It looks likely that I will not be able to return to do the TMB this year :(
My plan, therefore, is to endeavour to try and maintain my fitness and head off there next year. Without wishing to sound negative I will be 75 by then :(
Does anyone know of anyone of a similar age(or older) who has done the TMB or a similar walk/trek? When I did (about half of) it in 2017 I don't recall finding it unduly knackering. Yes, it was steep in places but, doing it solo, I was able to do it at MY pace and plan my stages accordingly.
Any thoughts appreciated
Oh dear, what a shame, never mind

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Bigfoot_Mike

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Re: Old Farts Doing the Tour du Mont Blanc
« Reply #1 on: 19:21:36, 05/02/20 »
I think Gunwharfman is a similar age to you and he has been pretty active on long distance walks. I am not sure if he has done the TMB recently, but hopefully he will come along and be able to give you some input.

myxpyr

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Re: Old Farts Doing the Tour du Mont Blanc
« Reply #2 on: 19:25:05, 05/02/20 »
I think Gunwharfman is a similar age to you and he has been pretty active on long distance walks. I am not sure if he has done the TMB recently, but hopefully he will come along and...
...and maybe carry my rucksack for me :2funny:
Oh dear, what a shame, never mind

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gunwharfman

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Re: Old Farts Doing the Tour du Mont Blanc
« Reply #3 on: 09:39:02, 06/02/20 »
I hiked and camped the Tour du Mont Blanc about 7 years ago, it was in July and I still think its the best of all of the walks that I've done. It's not just because of the views, etc, it's because of accommodation choices, villages are everywhere, its a circular 10-12 day trek and I met people from all over the world, plus of course, you get the chance to experience three countries as well. I later returned and did part of it again when I attempted the Haute Route to Zermatt the following year. Also, Chamonix is so easy to get to, fly to Geneva and jump on a bus. This was in July again but this hike failed halfway because of snow blocking the route ahead. I'm 75 this April and I'm sure I could still manage such a walk again without difficulty, I always had the GR5 in mind but have never got around to actually make the effort as yet. I walked a few hundred miles along the GR10 in 2015 when I was 70 and I feel confident that I could do something like that again if could get the 'urge' back again? For me nowadays, that's my problem, my lack of 'urge,' it's not my physical ability that stops me, it more to do with personal motivation. One drawback of hiking for me after so many years of sleeping in tents is having to, twice a day, to pitch my tent and get organised and then the following morning having to take it all down and get organised again. It can become really boring!!!

That's one of the reasons I'm trying to get more into bivi camping this year, far less messing about (and my rucksack is lighter) and for me it offers more opportunities to wild camp and not feel pressurised to get to any particular camp site at the end of the day.

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Re: Old Farts Doing the Tour du Mont Blanc
« Reply #4 on: 18:47:52, 06/02/20 »
Age is just a number!... Its about ability!

myxpyr

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Re: Old Farts Doing the Tour du Mont Blanc
« Reply #5 on: 19:11:16, 06/02/20 »
I hiked and camped the Tour du Mont Blanc about 7 years ago, it was in July and I still think its the best of all of the walks that I've done. It's not just because of the views, etc, it's because of accommodation choices, villages are everywhere, its a circular 10-12 day trek and I met people from all over the world, plus of course, you get the chance to experience three countries as well. I later returned and did part of it again when I attempted the Haute Route to Zermatt the following year. Also, Chamonix is so easy to get to, fly to Geneva and jump on a bus. This was in July again but this hike failed halfway because of snow blocking the route ahead. I'm 75 this April and I'm sure I could still manage such a walk again without difficulty, I always had the GR5 in mind but have never got around to actually make the effort as yet. I walked a few hundred miles along the GR10 in 2015 when I was 70 and I feel confident that I could do something like that again if could get the 'urge' back again? ...
That's one of the reasons I'm trying to get more into bivi camping this year, far less messing about (and my rucksack is lighter) and for me it offers more opportunities to wild camp and not feel pressurised to get to any particular camp site at the end of the day.
I know what you mean about motivation. I have the same problem sometimes. Mind you, today was a beautiful day, overnight frost followed by a clear blue sky and not a breath of wind. The missus said "Are you coming shopping with me or are you going for a walk?" I was easily motivated ;D
Oh dear, what a shame, never mind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbLgLcENvEc

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Re: Old Farts Doing the Tour du Mont Blanc
« Reply #6 on: 13:01:48, 07/02/20 »
One bit of advice which I think is the best advice for anyone who is planning to hike the Tour Du Mont Blanc this year is to start to walk from Chamonix to Les Houches and then start the route properly from there and to hike in an anti-clockwise direction. The start section is flat, along an easy footpath to Les Houches on the right-hand side of the river and when you get to the Les Houches train station you are then on the TMB.

myxpyr

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Re: Old Farts Doing the Tour du Mont Blanc
« Reply #7 on: 14:44:32, 07/02/20 »
One bit of advice which I think is the best advice for anyone who is planning to hike the Tour Du Mont Blanc this year is to start to walk from Chamonix to Les Houches ...
When I went in 2017 I started from Les Houches but I'm afraid I "cheated" by taking the cable car to Bellevue
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Re: Old Farts Doing the Tour du Mont Blanc
« Reply #8 on: 14:28:56, 18/02/20 »
Everyones fitness is different. Just because one 75 year old can do some trails doesn't meant other oldies can. I am 75 and last year did the Maximilian Way in Austria and Bavaria Alps and as I teamed up with a young German Climber I left the navigating mostly to him. I found out later we did the higher route as much as possible as he naturally wanted to climb. Some had Via Ferrata and ladders and areas had avalanche chutes which made life interesting. Some ridges were amazing and I reflected that adrenaline could be brown in underwear.
I have done the Geneva to Nice GR5, which if memory serves does some of the MBT - More recently I have done the GR5 from Hoek van Holland to Bergen Op Zoom.

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Re: Old Farts Doing the Tour du Mont Blanc
« Reply #9 on: 16:26:30, 18/02/20 »
Doddy, I'm impressed. I keep telling myself I will hike more than a 14 day route this year so will look up the Maximilian Way and dream!