Rest Day, Best Day?

Yesterday we treated ourselves to an unplanned day off-trail. Strolling along sunny picturesque Old World stone-paved streets, lazy cups of coffee, and window shopping. The trade-off is that we will be skipping the section between Courmayeur and Rifugio Bonatti. Seeing as there is quite a bit of clouds/fog today, I think we made the right…

Ciao Italia

After a sublime rest-day in Courmayeur, we hit the trail again today. We will utilize the excruciatingly confusing bus system to get a jump start on this leg; actually starting close to Chalet Val Ferret. The crux of course will be getting over the Grand Col Ferret…especially with some cooler temps and precipitation in the…

Combining Two Days into One

Yesterday was certainly a test of fortitude. From Les Chapieux (1554m) to Col de la Seigne (2516m) and about 10 km…and that was just before lunch! Once in Italia, we chose to take the low variente past Lac Combal to reach Rifugio Monte Bianco. Great…just when I was starting to fumble through trail greetings in…

Day 4: Hair Don’t Care!

Sorry TMB fans. We’ve had no cell/WiFi since Les Contamines on Day 2. Just to give the short version (more later), bad weather on Day 3 caused a change of plans and we dropped down into Les Chapieux instead of taking the Col de Fours high variant towards Refuge Mottets. That made today an extremely…

Day Two, and still smiling.

Cell signal has been spotty, but the trek so-far has been fabulous. Enjoying fabulous weather and a pizzeria lunch in Les Contamimes before pushing on to our 2nd refuge at Ref. de la Balme. Hopefully I’ll catch y’all up tonight.

Maps, maps, and more maps

I won’t disclose how much time I spent studying the route/mapping aspect of this trip.  This should give a little better visual insight into the trek.  Our jumping-off point is the town of Les Houches (almost directly north of Mont Blanc.  We then proceed counter-clockwise all the way around the entire massif.  The yellow hut…