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Off to the Alps – More adventures on the Tour de Mont Blanc

For the third year  in a row I’m off to the Alps with my friend Julia for a walk along the Tour de Mont Blanc, the long distance mountain trail that passes through France, Switzerland and Italy.

If we were fit and super keen we’d do the whole trail in one go over 12 days, come rain, shine or snow. But being softies who work full time, we prefer to take our mountain trek at a more leisurely pace, a few days at a time. There may be some pretty basic mountain huts at the top of the mountains but we make sure there’s a decent hotel at the start and finish when we get back down to the valley.

2010 Tour de Mont Blanc Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

2010 Tour de Mont Blanc

Year one saw us starting in Les Houches and finishing just above Chamonix, while last year was year two and we continued on to Champex Lac undaunted by a herd of cows with very sharp horns but had to resort to public transport when Julia was hit by altitude sickness and we ran out of time. This year we start at Champex Lac and walk for 4 days to Courmayeur in Italy. If things go well we’ll be back again next year to continue to complete the whole Tour de Mont Blanc ending at Les Houches where we started.

This year I’m travelling super-light and not a laptop or wifi in sight so I’m hoping that my iPhone will serve to keep me in touch with the world and if I get any signal I’ll try to send you a few snaps and news on the way, so look out for my Instagram photos posted on my Twitter and Facebook pages with a #TMBwalk  tag.

Year 2 on the Tour de Mont Blanc Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

2011 Tour de Mont Blanc

I’m looking forward to telling you my stories from this year’s walk when I get back. In the meantime check out my video diaries from the past two years of walking to get a taste of what we’ll be up to in the mountains.

Video Diary – Year 1 on the Tour de Mont Blanc 2010

Video Diary – Year 2 on the Tour de Mont Blanc 2011

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    Josh - Badge of Awesome
    September 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Very cool. Safe hiking! It looks absolutely gorgeous. Gotta love sharp-horned cows 🙂
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    Heather
    September 4, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    @Josh We’re hoping that the cows will stay out of our way tthis year

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    Barbara Weibel
    September 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Gee, I envy you with no laptop or other heavy weight in your pack. I’ve just gotta find a way to reduce the weight I’m carrying, especially if I want to do any more mountain hiking like what you’re doing.
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    Heather
    September 5, 2012 at 5:24 am

    @Barbara My rucksack seems quite heavy enough without the laptop and I thought I was travelling light!

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    Michael
    September 8, 2012 at 4:02 am

    You are so active and are trying to have a healthy lifestyle. You still find time to hike and to look for activities. I must say you look fit. Goodluck.
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      Heather
      September 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      @Michael – It was great fun hiking on this trail and we were lucky with wonderful weather

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