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Day 5 of the Tour du Mont Blanc

We hit the trail at 8:00, wanting to get a good start. The first bit of the trail continued the nice sloping undulations that we had followed before our arrival to Bonatti. Eventually we had to head down into the Italian Val Ferret, just to have to go back uphill to make our way to Rifugio Elena. Situated at the very end of the valley, Elena is perched in quite the picturesque and pretty spot!

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Day 4 of the Tour du Mont Blanc

After eating our fill, we began our hike by climbing out of Courmayeur, passing the church and following some well-marked roads past beautiful homes with equally lovely gardens. The end of the paved road gave way to the familiar dirt trail, and we began our ascent up some serious switchbacks. At the top of the winding track laid Rifugio Bertone.

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Day 3 of the Tour du Mont Blanc

We woke up to the hustle and bustle of everyone around us in the dorm getting dressed and ready for another day of hiking. Evan and I took our time getting up, knowing that we had a shorter day in front of us. Our plan was to hike down out of Val Veny to the small village of Lasaille, where we would then catch a bus into Courmayeur.

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Day 2 of the Tour du Mont Blanc

Mentally preparing ourselves for a long day, we left the refuge at 8:30 am and made our way across some remaining snow fields.  We followed the trail and groups in front of us up to Tête Nord des Fours.  While not planned, we were glad that we went out of our way to hike the peak.

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Day 1 of the Tour du Mont Blanc

We woke up to a beautiful morning – cool to start, with a few clouds hanging on to the mountaintops. After readingseveral blogs from people that had skipped the first stage of the Tour du Mont Blanc as described in the Kev Reynolds guidebook {Les Houches to Les Contamines}, we decided to follow suit.

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A 10 Day Tour of Iceland


Traveling around Iceland is an experience that we will never forget. The scenery is breathtaking and unique at every turn in the road, and the people are incredibly friendly and so willing to go out of their way to show you what Iceland means to them. Hardly had we boarded the plane when we were already looking forward to our next visit to “Tiny Iceland”.

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Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc

Ten days, seven valleys, five cols, 2,650 meters in elevation at our highest point, 85 miles, and one grand adventure. Some blood, sweat, and tears, but mostly mud, definitely still sweat, and cheers. The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) was all of that and so much more.

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A Weekend Jaunt to the 1000 Islands

This weekend we made the choice to visit the
1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River, just northwest of the Adirondacks. The day started out overcast, but the skies began to open up nicely in the early afternoon as we approached the Seaway area. Our destination was Ed Huck Marine in Rockport, Canada.  

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