The Tour of Mont Blanc: Complete two-way trekking guide The Tour of Mont Blanc is one of the best - if not the best - of the world's classic hikes. It circumnavigates the Mont Blanc massif in about eleven days. This new edition incorporates details of the new routes on the Italian section, as well as all other recent route changes and variants. The walk has all the excitement of the high mountains yet none of the worry of altitude sickness. It crosses numerous cols with stunning views of spectacular snow and rock peaks. Accommodation along the route is plentiful.The 'official' Tour du Mont Blanc follows an established route around the main block of mountains containing not only Mont Blanc but its principal allied summits. The author describes the tour both in the traditional 'anti-clockwise' direction and the 'clockwise' direction. There are several alternative routes that subsequently link, and these are also described. The routes, along with suggestions for alternative exploration, give what the author thinks is the very best perspective and appreciation of the whole region.
Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc: A Brief Guide to Enjoying Yourself on the TMB Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc: A Brief Guide to Enjoying Yourself on the TMB is written for those who are contemplating this world-class hike or planning for the hike. It is meant to serve as a companion to more traditional resources and books. The book is written primarily for seasoned hikers, athletes, and outdoorspeople who are not familiar with Alpine hiking and TMB services. It is written from the perspective of a day hiker and endurance athlete from North Carolina, United States; and contains comparisons of trail services, navigation, and difficulties between North American (primarily southeastern United States) and European hiking experiences. These comparisons are made to help the reader prepare to hike the TMB and enjoy the trip. Topics covered include:- ways to experience the TMB- questions to ask an outfitter or travel guide - preparing for the TMB -- physically and mentally- resources to help plan your trip- trail services (such as food and drink)- hiking gear that can be useful - ways to navigate the trail- ideas on saving money during the TMB trek If enjoying one of the world's best hikes is on your bucket list but you have limited experience in hiking globally, then this book could be useful. The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a challenging yet accessible hike that traverses through the Alps in France, Italy, and Switzerland. The surroundings are astoundingly beautiful and worth the trek.
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