Sunday, 22 July 2012

Running the TMB (slowly!)

 Mont Blanc from the Italian side

20 years ago I walked the Tour du Mont Blanc with CCOPS, my college outdoor pursuits society. It was a great trip but an 80 litre rucksack full of camping kit and 4 season boots meant it was a hard challenge spread over 11 days. A quick alpine break has allowed us to trot around the classic 110 mile circuit in under 7 days with a tiny pack and fell shoes.We mixed and matched a few short days with a couple of monsters and took all the high level options we could. Lots more photos on my Flickr page.

Very little snow left on the high passes

Stunning scenery above Contamine

Great views of Mont Blanc on day 3

Mont Blanc from above Courmayer

The climb out on Courmayer

Approaching the Refuge Elena for the world's best chocolate chaud!

Climbing towards the final col

A friendly Ibex

The Aiguillle du Midi from Chamonix at journeys end