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A day hiking on the Tour de Mont Blanc

I’m in Chamonix at the moment for the BAIML (British Association of International Mountain Leaders) annual meeting. We have the AGM, a few days training and put the world to rights over a few beers!

The Drus glowing red in the late afternoon sun

The Drus glowing red in the late afternoon sun

I’ve never actually been to Chamonix before so I came a few days early to explore the area a bit. Today I went hiking on a section of the Tour de Mont Blanc. The full trail that is a complete loop of the Mint Blanc – today I just did a short section called the Gand Balcon Sud which is south of Chamonix and gives superb views over the Mont Blanc massif.

The amazing Auguile de Midi cable car station

The amazing Auguile de Midi cable car station

A beautiful days hiking. Started with a somewhat strenuous 1000 metre ascent out of Chamonix to reach the trail, but then a lovely traverse at around 2000 metres with just great views the whole way.

There’s not too much snow but at 2000 metres I was hiking in the snow most of the day.

The Balcon Sud

The Balcon Sud

For me the mountain of the day wasn’t in fact Mont Blanc but the Drus – an amazing pillar of rock. It reminded me of the Patagonian spires of Torres and Fitzroy and the late evening light caught it perfectly.

A great days hiking and made me want to come back and have a look at more of the Tour de Mont Blanc. Tomorrow a days ski mountaineering….

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