At 66, I felt a bit like the daddy of the mountaineering group once I hiked round Mont Blanc earlier this fall. However the Tour du Mont Blanc is doable for any moderately match hiker, and there have been loads of folks on the path who have been older than me.
For complete novices like Shelley and me, it’s sensible to be proactive about well being and security. Listed here are some suggestions I discovered alongside the way in which:
Good boots, liner socks, slippery powder, and moleskin for tender pores and skin are important. We sort of turned gear geeks — investing in good day baggage (Osprey), woolen garments (socks, underwear, shirts), and nice mountaineering footwear. I used to be by no means so grateful for a wool cap in Europe.
I used to be skeptical about loads of “good concepts,” however two issues I ultimately appreciated have been a every day baggie of path combine and my steel water bottle. (I complained about its steep $40 price ticket…however quickly got here to acknowledge it was a terrific worth).
I have to say, if the climate turned dangerous and it rained laborious, I believe a lot of the path would turn into no enjoyable in any respect. In actual fact, it could be harmful. Mountain climbing poles are important, and even in good climate, I’d have been nervous a couple of stumble with out my very own trusty set.
Eat a strong breakfast. The someday we had breakfast with no protein, climbing was more durable.
Placed on sunscreen, even when the climate’s dangerous.
After studying my lesson on different lengthy hikes, I made a decision to be spiritual about stretching on the Tour du Mont Blanc from the beginning. I had a routine of six stretches and frolicked all through the day ensuring I didn’t tighten up. Crucial!
Don’t be a hero. If pores and skin is getting scorching, wrap it up. I did all the TMB hike with out a blister — after which simply bought one on goal within the final two hours.
Good gear, good and proactive methods to remain wholesome, stretching, and taking it straightforward… all of it labored simply nice.
I’ll be sharing extra photographs, tales, and suggestions from Mont Blanc on the Nov. 29 version of Monday Evening Journey. Wish to come alongside? Register now for this enjoyable — and free! — occasion.