Westweg Day 1: Pforzheim – Birkenfeld

It can be said that the Westweg trail through Schwartzwald (Black Forest) is the origin of all German long-distance hiking trails, becoming the first designated path of its kind back in 1900. Since… Continue reading

HR – Day 1: Champex-Lac to Le Châble

“You really live up to your trail name,” Dave said as we packed today. We have just finished Tour du Mont Blanc yesterday afternoon and he was hoping for a rest day while… Continue reading

TMB – Day 10: Refuge Elena – Champex

The wind we thought would blow forever. There was no relief whatsoever during the night or in the morning. A thought occurred to me when we were packing the tent, carefully holding onto… Continue reading

TMB – Day 9: Refuge Le Randonneur – Refuge Elena

Courmayeur was a very nice town, clean with lovely houses spread through the valley. We stopped at a grocery store to pick up more bread and sausage, and in the pharmacy to get… Continue reading

TMB – Day 8: Refuge des Mottets – Refuge Le Randonneur

“Should be take the ski lift down to town?” Dave asked. We were just about an hour of walking away from Italian town called Courmayeur which we though would be our final destination… Continue reading

TMB – Day 7: Les Contamines-Montjoie – Refuge des Mottets

The feeling of guilt for taking a day off melted away as soon as I looked up and saw beautiful peaks perched against perfectly blue sky. The moody feel of yesterday would have… Continue reading

TMB – Day 6: Les Contamines-Montjoie

And then the visibility got worse. After the most intense lightening storm swept over the village, the morning dawned wet and dreary. The clouds hanged low, concealing the mountains completely, even the village… Continue reading

TMB – Day 5: Les Houches – Les Contamines-Montjoie

If I was to nickname today’s section of our Tour du Mont Blanc adventure, it would have to be the procrastination stage. We planned to leave by 7:00 a.m. but the bed was… Continue reading

TMB – Day 4: Chamonix – Les Houches

I woke up today feeling hugely grateful for the flexibility of our schedule. Having Refuges and/or hotels booked in advance erases the worry of looking for a camp spot each and every night,… Continue reading

TMB – Day 3: Lac Blanc – Chamonix

I have to admit I was little bummed when our TMB itinerary did not take us down to Chamonix, place I’ve heard so much about but since we’re trying to also fit The… Continue reading