TOUR DU MONT BLANC

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Being able to see so many alpine flowers in mid July - this was because the snow had stayed later this year - and having a leader who was as interested in identifyingand talking about wild flowers as I am! The baked apple stuffed with nuts and fruit, heated up in an aga at one of the refuges.  Walking across snow bridges over glacial streams and seeing glaciers close up. Rupert's homemade dice game with the wooden dice he made - played on a pavement while waiting for the bus!

What did you think of your group leader?

Rupert was excellent in leading us all, excellent knowledge of alpine wild flowers, very relaxed approach, made sure everyone was OK in the group all of the timen.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Long walking days with over 1000 metres of ascent and descent most days are wonderful - but good to be reasonably fit before you come to get the most out of the trip. Think minimal when packing your rucsac - pack as little as you need - then rethink and pack less! Walking poles are really useful for both the descents and for crossing snow patches. Don't worry about the dormitory sleeping - its fun!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

As a vegetarian I thought I might have a very boring diet - but no, the trip is fine for vegetarians - I really enjoyed the food. I enjoyed every minute!