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Mont Blanc departing 16 Jul

Anonymous
Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:47

I was so keen that I posted on the 3 Jul departure thread.  Anyway - we're here now and will re-hash what was said before ...

Getting very excited now because we have started to wear in our boots, so time is moving right along.  I was surprised this is the first post for the trip and we are looking forward to meeting everyone.  Are you all getting fit?

Howard and Carol (me)

Anonymous
Tue, 04/19/2011 - 20:56

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Richard and I am on this trip!  I am however on my own, as my wife is not interested in long walks.  This will also be my first long walk!  I have been thoroughly preparing with new boots also and lots of trips to the gym.  This is really just an excuse for me to get fit you know, but I absolutely love the Alps and so it makes sense.  Do I take it you are flying all the way from Oz?  I am from England and have to endure a 1.5 hour flight, so I almost know what you guys will have to go through ;o).

 Back to the treadmill!

 Richard.

 Every journey, no matter how far, begins with a few small steps. And a snack.

Anonymous
Thu, 04/21/2011 - 09:28

This will be the first trip to the Alps for us both, so very excited about it.   Doing lots of walking at the moment, but a bit flat where we are (Milton Keynes area) so will also venture into the hills when we can.   There were only 2 places left after we booked, so looks like it could be a full trip.

 Lesley & Trevor

Anonymous
Fri, 04/22/2011 - 23:10

Hello,

I will be fresh out of school (the day before the trek starts) so it'll be nice to have some non-classroom time doing what I love best - hiking. Any French speakers in the group? - je devrai répéter! 

 

Iris

Anonymous
Sat, 04/23/2011 - 16:11

Hello Lesley and Trevor.  Looks like people are starting to introduce themselves here now!  I really would recommend hill climbing before hand.  It is a strenuous hike.  Lots of vertical climbing, up to four hours at a time!  I have the south downs near me, but biggest hill is 271m!  I guess I should climb it four times in a session to warm up. But that takes discipline...  This is your first visit to the Alps?  Wow are you in for a treat.  I fell in love with them last year.  Truly breath taking.

Richard.

 

 

Every journey, no matter how far, begins with a few small steps. And a snack.

Anonymous
Sat, 04/23/2011 - 16:20

Hello Iris.  Nice to hear from you!  Looks like quite an international contingent will be departing.  Is this your last year at study? Just because you're out hiking, it doesn't mean that you can leave the books! Je parle un petite peu de francais but will no doubt rely on others to direct more elaborate concourse.

Richard.

Anonymous
Tue, 04/26/2011 - 09:55

Lovely to have some online company at last and it sounds like we will have a full complement of hikers if Lesley and Trevor were the last but 2.  Thanks for the "G'day" Richard, and yes - we are flying Cairns-Brisbane-Hong Kong-Zurich-Geneva and picking up the tour at Geneva airport for the transfer to Les Bossons with y'all.  Should be fairly puffed by then so will need kind words and understanding :)   The "y'all" is for you Iris - is it Asheville NC or TN?  School-book French only so will have a lot of fun.  What is your profile pic Lesley - because it certainly doesn't look flat?

H and C

Anonymous
Wed, 05/04/2011 - 01:48

Asheville - I will be completing a 5 week study abroad, then one year back in Asheville, then DONE! Hopefully by the time the trek rolls around I'll be fairly fluent (fingers crossed).

Anonymous
Sun, 05/15/2011 - 19:08

The profile pic is from South Africa - the Cathedral Peak area of the Drakensberg.  This is one of our favourite places in the world.  To help with training for Mont Blanc we have just been to the Isle of Arran climbing some good mountains with some scrambling involved.  Amazingly the Scottish weather stayed mostly warm and dry for us.    Will aim to get to the Lakes too in June.

I too may need help with the french en route. 

 Lesley

Anonymous

My husband and I are very much looking forward to this trip! We live in the US (New England) and do lots of hiking in the White Mtns of New Hampshire - very rugged and very few switchbacks (they don't call it the granite state without reason).  Too many rocks to be bothered with making trails longer by including switchbacks. We will get a few hikes in before the trip (if it ever stops raining). I am an ardent runner so that will help me be in shape for this trip too. We have hiked in Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, Montana, Utah, Arizona (including a one day rim to rim in the Grand Canyon) as well as Switzerland. This trip sounds like it will top the fantastic scenary we have seen in many of those places!

I have a question re foreign currency - (assuming any of you are from non-Euro countries). Any suggestions about where to get the best rate (in the US) for euros?  Do we really need Swiss francs too?

Thanks,

Nancy

Anonymous
Sat, 05/28/2011 - 09:30

We really are an international group!    I understand that Euros will be accepted in the part of Switzerland that we pass through so we are not going to take any swiss francs as well.  

Regards to all.

Lesley

Anonymous
Mon, 05/30/2011 - 21:41

Hi Lesley,

Thanks for your info about not really needing Swiss francs.  I have another question which is do we need or would it be a good idea to take some kind of water purification equipment with us?  I am assuming there will be drinkable water at the campsites - but what if we are concerned about maybe needing more water during the day?  I plan to take 2 qts of water which should be enough for one day, but just in case...

Nancy 

 

Anonymous
Tue, 05/31/2011 - 21:11

Hi Nancy (and by extension all),

The route is a very well travelled one and has many refreshment stops along the way where you will be able to top up water supplies I am sure.  Whether or not you will have to purchase I ma not sure, as it is a bottled water culture there!  However, I feel absolutley sure you will not need any purification tablets, but since they weigh only a gramme or so, it wouldn't harm to take a few just in case... and when I'm thirsty, because I was wrong about the water, I'll just come to you ;o).

Time sure is going fast now!  I am finding it hard to get any time walking as workwise, I am so overwhelmed.  But the weather has been just lovely for the last six weeks.  This will be the first time I have been away from my family (I have five sons) for more than a few days in sixteen years, so if I look lost at the airport, it will be the unfamiliar sensation of being free! If only for a few weeks...

Anonymous
Tue, 06/07/2011 - 06:28

Hi Nancy, and all. While browsing the pics from others who have done this walk there seem to be plenty of photos taken at rest stops with coffee and cake! so I imagine bottled water will be equally available, and there's certainly nothing on the trip notes to indicate taking purification tablets.  We had a "trial pack" the other night and I probably couldn't fit an extra 3-4 grams in anyway!

We have a training circuit mapped out and did manage to do 15km last weekend and the plan is to repeat that at least weekly from now on.   The weather here is sensational at this time of year - our winter - around 27degC through the day and down to 18 at night, but only 53% humidity so walking is a real pleasure.  Although we are reasonably fit, we coastal-dwellers are a bit apprehensive about performance at that altitude.  Can anyone comment?

H and C

Anonymous
Sun, 06/12/2011 - 23:35

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the info about water purification everyone!  Looks like we can forgo it.  I have yet to get used to expressing tems in Celsius, however!  I can think more easily in metric but Celsius - forget it.  Good thing I have a handy iphone app to convert.  The weather here in Boston, MA USA has been all over the place recently.  A few days ago it was 31 C and VERY humid.  The past two days the temp as stayed around 13 C all of the time.  I was very thankful for that today since I rode in a 62 mile (100 KM) bicycle ride - a fund raising event sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  It was a great temp for that.

Haven't gotten in any real hiking this year but plan to in the next few weeks.

As to altitude hiking - I don't really know what to say.  We have hiked up to 14,000 feet (4267 meters) in Colorado.  I am very lucky that the altitude has never affected me, but you do have to take it a bit easier than you do at sea level. Also, drink LOTs of water - staying hydrated is about the best thing you can do.

Nancy

Anonymous
Wed, 07/06/2011 - 18:43

Hi all,
Hope you're getting excited for the trip. I have just realized that my plane ticket home isn't until the 3rd of August, and so I'm wondering if anyone is staying beyond the trek with open plans? This might be odd as none of us know each other, but just a heads up because at this point I have no idea what I'll be doing until I fly out of Geneva.

Happy packing

Iris

Anonymous
Wed, 07/13/2011 - 05:48

We depart Oz tomorrow and are looking forward to meeting everyone on Saturday. We also had days to spare after the walk Iris, but have since organised a week in Malta. Geneva was a difficult destination to find anything we both wanted to spend time on so we looked elsewhere.

Good luck with the packing!

H C

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