Tag Archive: backpacking

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

TMB – Day 2: Refuge Les Grands – Lac Blanc

During the night the wind visited us frequently, leaning into the tent, testing the structural soundness of the shelter. Morning then dawned surprisingly calm, except for occasional and rather unexpected gusts, one of… Continue reading

TMB – Day 1: Champex – Refuge Les Grands

I woke up to the sound of my alarm clock. From the window dim light entered the room. I could see trees through the window, evergreens, but could not tell their color as… Continue reading

TMB – Day 0: Ostrava – Champex

Super excited for our attempt to knock the top item off my bucket list, I got up well before the alarm rang. I even got up before my parent’s chihuahua made his morning… Continue reading

GR20 – Day 9 – Vizzavona to L’Onda

The distinctive scent of blooming elderflowers was quite pronounced as we were leaving the village in the morning. “Don’t you want to stay?” asked the breeze rustling through the bushes. “It’s so pleasantly… Continue reading

GR20 – Day 0 – Conca

Time seems to be speeding less here in Europe than it does in the US. Once you leave the large cities behind, everything slows down, everybody is going about their business in much… Continue reading