Excellent highs on the Tour du Mont Blanc
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The jubilation and sense of achievement at crossing each one of the Cols to be greeted by new and wonderful vistas stretched out before you and then reaching camp at the end of each day of walking, knowing with satisfaction what you had achieved .
What did you think of your group leader?
Our walking leader Heather was excellent, leading the group and making sure that everybody felt that they were getting the benefit of her knowledge, experience and support. She has massive amount of enthusiasm and this helped make the trip more enjoyable. The camp leader (Neil) should not be forgotten either, not for them the glamour of leading the walking, they are up early each morning to get the kettle on, and laying out the breakfast and lunch supplies, then once we get walking Neil has to get on the road to the next campsite, while getting supplies and provisions on the way, before getting to the campsite and getting the camp set up and possibly dinner on before we the walkers get back, and then turing out some really rather good food from some pretty basic resources.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Don't figure on having to pack clothes to last the whole two weeks, there's washing machines and dryers at the campsite in Val Ferret and the campsite at Les Contamines. Bring plenty of compeed blister plasters and zinc oxide tape to help protect any raw spots on your feet. We were unsure about bringing trekking poles, but did, and we were glad we did, they really help take the pressure of the knees.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Ensure that you make the best use of the rest days, so not to miss out on anything, riding up the téléphérique to point Helbronner on (day 7) is a worthwhile is well worth it for the views. Enjoy the experience and the exultation when reaching the summit of the Brevent on the last day with the thought in your mind that you did it!