Tents, Tarts and Song on the Tour du Mont Blanc
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Singing songs from The Sound of Music at the top of le Brévent takes some beating. The company and camaraderie throughout was excellent.
What did you think of your group leader?
Heather was the perfect mix of fun and professionalism. When we faced our day walking in the rain, she lifted our spirits expertly. I suffer from vertigo and she was very patient in the gnarly bits, making me feel safe. Meanwhile, Neil's cooking and hard work around the camp were very much valued. They were a great team.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Everyone says this, but get fit! I hadn't, and it took a few days for me to start to enjoy the walking. Pack light - you can wash things along the way and you're going to have to take the bag from the van to your tent and back each day. Take plenty of money for snacks - you might think you're not going to need them, but when you've walked 3 hours steep uphill and it's only 11AM, you're going to want the can of cold, sugary pop that costs 5 Euros. Take a few cereal bars or buy them in Chamonix on Day 1 - not many stops in the first couple of days' walking.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Don't worry! I was nervous about the walking, but it was so well led and there are lots of different paces in the group. If you're caught between the camping and the hotel trip, do the camping. It's great fun and you won't regret it.