MONT BLANC CIRCUIT
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The weather was almost always just right for the day (not too hot when walking, perfect sunshine on the rest days.) The only rain enabled us to stay cool on a stiff climb "three col" day. Seeing one of the refuges in front of a glacier appear out of the mist was pretty dramatic. The most inspirational moment was funnily enough nothing to do with views. It involved our guide Mel (Potter) squatting in the dust with a toy bulldozer and a Snickers bar describing the formation of morraines and other aspects of the surrounding scenery. If you can picture the peanuts as erratics and the cracks from bending the chocolate bar as crevasses, you get the picture. The clarity of thought and ease of explanation would have made any geology professor green with envy.
What did you think of your group leader?
On our only previous Exodus trip we were unimpressed with the group leader and so were not expecting anything special. How wrong could we be? Mel was amazing. She was clearly very knowledgeable and informative (the two do not always go together!) on every aspect of the Tour from camp life through to plants, birds and wildlife. She was friendly and amusing throughout and certainly made the trip into something special.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The books on the TMB suggest that a choice of clockwise or anticlockwise is possible. Having seen the walks I would suggest that the Exodus starting in Chamonix and going clockwise is good, leaving the steep challenge of Brevent to the last walking day. The sense of elation having reached the Brevent top (and Mel opening the champagne) was out of this world and a worthy final stretch. Ask to get Mel on your trip!! Pascale the chef/driver/fixer was also fantastic
Is there anything else you would like to add?
It was so good we may consider doing it again in the next few years.