At 66, I felt a bit like the daddy of the mountain climbing group once I hiked round Mont Blanc earlier this fall. However the Tour du Mont Blanc is doable for any fairly match hiker, and there have been loads of individuals on the path who have been older than me.
For whole novices like Shelley and me, it’s smart to be proactive about well being and security. Listed below 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 form of turned gear geeks — investing in good day luggage (Osprey), woolen garments (socks, underwear, shirts), and nice mountain climbing 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 fantastic worth).
I have to say, if the climate turned dangerous and it rained laborious, I feel a lot of the path would turn out to be no enjoyable in any respect. In actual fact, it could be harmful. Climbing poles are important, and even in excellent climate, I’d have been anxious a couple of stumble with out my very own trusty set.
Eat a stable breakfast. The sooner or later we had breakfast with no protein, climbing was harder.
Placed on sunscreen, even when the climate’s dangerous.
After studying my lesson on different lengthy hikes, I made a decision to be non secular 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. Essential!
Don’t be a hero. If pores and skin is getting sizzling, wrap it up. I did your complete TMB hike and not using a blister — after which simply received one on goal within the final two hours.
Good gear, good and proactive methods to remain wholesome, stretching, and taking it simple… all of it labored simply nice.
I’ll be sharing extra pictures, tales, and suggestions from Mont Blanc on the Nov. 29 version of Monday Night time Journey. Wish to come alongside? Register now for this enjoyable — and free! — occasion.