Some Ideas I Realized Alongside the Method – Rick Steves’ Journey Weblog


At 66, I felt a bit like the daddy of the mountain climbing group after I hiked round Mont Blanc earlier this fall. However the Tour du Mont Blanc is doable for any fairly match hiker, and there have been loads of individuals on the path who have been older than me.

For complete novices like Shelley and me, it’s clever to be proactive about well being and security. Listed below are some suggestions I realized alongside the way in which:

Good boots, liner socks, slippery powder, and moleskin for tender pores and skin are important. We sort of grew to become gear geeks — investing in good day baggage (Osprey), woolen garments (socks, underwear, shirts), and nice mountain climbing footwear. I used to be by no means so grateful for a wool cap in Europe.


I used to be skeptical about numerous “good concepts,” however two issues I ultimately appreciated have been a day by day baggie of path combine and my metallic water bottle. (I complained about its steep $40 price ticket…however quickly got here to acknowledge it was an important worth).


I need to say, if the climate turned dangerous and it rained onerous, I believe a lot of the path would change into no enjoyable in any respect. The truth is, it might be harmful. Mountain climbing poles are important, and even in excellent climate, I might have been frightened a couple of stumble with out my very own trusty set.

Eat a stable breakfast. The in the future we had breakfast with no protein, climbing was more durable.

Placed on sunscreen, even when the climate’s dangerous.

After studying my lesson on different lengthy hikes, I made a decision to be spiritual about stretching on the Tour du Mont Blanc from the beginning. I had a routine of six stretches and hung out all through the day ensuring I didn’t tighten up. Essential!


Don’t be a hero. If pores and skin is getting sizzling, wrap it up. I did all the TMB hike and not using a blister — after which simply acquired one on objective within the final two hours.


Good gear, good and proactive methods to remain wholesome, stretching, and taking it straightforward… all of it labored simply nice.

I’ll be sharing extra photographs, tales, and suggestions from Mont Blanc on the Nov. 29 version of Monday Evening Journey. Need to come alongside? Register now for this enjoyable — and free! — occasion.

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