Monthly Archives: September 2019

Variante! The Final March into Chamonix!

TMB Day 11 7 hours 13 km (8 miles) Total ascent 973 meters (3210 feet) Total descent (well, read on…) After a restful night in a private “chambre” at the Hotel du Col de la Forclaz, another delicious breakfast of … Continue reading

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The Bovine Way

On day 9 of our Tour du Mont Blanc, I look forward to our next couple of days, called “the Bovine Route”. I picture bucolic pastures, frolicking cows, and a Heidi-esque stroll through the Swiss Alps. Alas, it is not … Continue reading

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The long and the short

Refugio Bonatti, Gite de Alpage de la Peule, La Fouly TMB 7&8 16 km & 8 km Ascent/Descent: 988/945m & 32/507m The wonderful Refugio Bonatti behind us, with visions of the great alpinist himself still dancing in Kathleens mind, we … Continue reading

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Hike On, No Bus for Alpinistas.

The bus option is always alluring, yet ultimately the desire to complete a through hike prevails and we hike on. High above the bus option. However, not before we spend two nights and a day lounging around the Villa NoveCentro … Continue reading

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Cabane du Combal to Courmayeur

TMB day 5 15 km (9.3 miles), Total ascent 570 meters(1881 feet), total descent 1315 meters (4340 feet) 9 hours Dawn revealed a clear sky, cool with frost on the ground, and we departed the Refuge after morning coffee and … Continue reading

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Crossing the Alps in a Snowstorm.

Departing Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme, after a “restful” night’s sleep with 30 other snoring hikers followed by a breakfast of porridge and bread, we head out for our day. The morning clouds obscure the views and the trail. … Continue reading

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Les Contamines to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme

TMB day 2 14 km, 1500 meters elevation gain, 8 hours It all started as a wonderful walk in the park along a tumbling stream. Then a 2000 year old Roman road began climbing alongside the waterfalls and we were … Continue reading

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A Walk…Around the Highest Mountain in Europe!

The contrast between the small Norwegian town of Petersburg , Alaska and Chamonix, France…well, it is not as great as you might imagine. We have landed in the French alps and glaciers hang high in the valleys, a lot like … Continue reading

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Gear Head 2019

Gear Head 2019 And so, the Inside Passage to Alaska is complete, and Laysan rests quietly in Petersburg waiting for next year. Our trip was very successful, covering almost 2000 miles in 4 months, with no significant delays or issues … Continue reading

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