At 66, I felt a bit like the daddy of the climbing neighborhood after I hiked round Mont Blanc earlier this fall. However the Tour du Mont Blanc is doable for any moderately match hiker, and there have been loads of individuals on the path who had been older than me.
For whole novices like Shelley and me, it’s clever to be proactive about well being and security. Listed below are some suggestions I discovered alongside the best way:
Good boots, liner socks, slippery powder, and moleskin for tender pores and skin are important. We sort of turned gear geeks — investing in good day luggage (Osprey), woolen garments (socks, underwear, shirts), and nice climbing sneakers. I used to be by no means so grateful for a wool cap in Europe.
I used to be skeptical about a whole lot of “good concepts,” however two issues I finally appreciated had been a every day baggie of path combine and my steel water bottle. (I complained about its steep $40 price ticket…however quickly got here to acknowledge it was an awesome worth).
I have to say, if the climate turned unhealthy and it rained exhausting, I believe a lot of the path would grow to be no enjoyable in any respect. The truth is, it might be harmful. Mountain climbing poles are important, and even in excellent climate, I might have been nervous a couple of stumble with out my very own trusty set.
Eat a stable breakfast. The someday we had breakfast with no protein, climbing was harder.
Placed on sunscreen, even when the climate’s unhealthy.
After studying my lesson on different lengthy hikes, I made a decision to be non secular about stretching on the Tour du Mont Blanc from the beginning. I had a routine of six stretches and frolicked all through the day ensuring I didn’t tighten up. Essential!
Don’t be a hero. If pores and skin is getting scorching, wrap it up. I did all the TMB hike with out a blister — after which simply acquired one on goal within the final two hours.
Good gear, sensible and proactive methods to remain wholesome, stretching, and taking it straightforward… all of it labored simply nice.
I’ll be sharing extra photographs, tales, and suggestions from Mont Blanc on the Nov. 29 version of Monday Evening Journey. Wish to come alongside? Register now for this enjoyable — and free! — occasion.