Mont Blanc Highlights
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
On our day off we took cable cars up to the top of Le Midi at about 4200. The views were breathtaking as the Alps spread near and far. Simply stunning.
What did you think of your group leader?
Peter our leader was very approachable and knowledgeable as well as friendly. I was very disappointed and upset that he did not do more for one of our walkers who had a serious fall and fractured her tibia.She had to limp in pain and with tears for 4 hours to the pick up spot. At the very least the transport should have been at the bottom of the mountain waiting. There was no evidence of a first aid kit with basic splints. Peter didn't even know if there was a local hospital to assist..... NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take walking poles as parts are rough. Take knee braces if your knees are dicky. Good boots with ankle support are essential as is the capacity to carry 2 litres of water. Do NOT leave it til you get to Chaminoix to buy gear... much cheaper at home. A good hat and sun cream is also essential as the sun can be fierce.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I am not sure what training leaders receive in terms of first aid and managing emergencies... especially as parts are quite remote and hard to access. Our guide was obviously concerned about our badly injured co-traveller but appeared at a loss at what to do other than 'soldier on' and using one of his walking poles. Just about all of us on the trek thought this serious incident was not managed well. The injured colleague ended up in plaster and has to take 4 weeks off work... so the injury was serious. Exodus needs to review leader training & capability.