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Tour of Mont Blanc
Complete Two-Way Trekking Guide
- The fourth edition of this popular guidebook to the 105-mile Tour of Mont Blanc. One of the best of the world's classic walks, which circumnavigates the Mont Blanc massif in about eleven days. The walk has all the excitement of the high mountains yet none of the worry of altitude sickness. It crosses numerous cols with stunning views of spectacular snow and rock peaks and accommodation along the route is plentiful. The 'official' Tour du Mont Blanc follows an established route around the main block of mountains containing not only Mont Blanc but its principal allied summits such as Verte, Chardonnet, Gouter, Geant, Jorasses, d'Argentiere, Dolent and numerous others. The author describes the tour both in the traditional 'anti-clockwise' direction and the 'clockwise' direction. There are several alternative routes that subsequently link, and these are also described. The routes have been created to give the very best perspective and appreciation of the whole region. At every opportunity recommendations are made that will bring the walker into closer contact with the area. This guide is in full colour, with points of interest, accommodation details and natural history of the region covered. This edition includes new routes around Courmayeur and Arnuva and to Lac Blanc.
- Kev Reynolds is a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press (Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978; he has since produced many more titles for the same publisher, with others in the pipeline. A member of the Outdoor Writers Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside remains undiminished after a lifetime's activity, and he regularly travels throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures. Check him out at www.kevreynolds.co.uk.
- Map key Overview map Introduction The Tour of Mont Blanc The Route Clockwise or Anti-Clockwise? Suggested Itineraries How to Get There When to Go Accommodation Languages Maps and Waymarks Notes for Walkers Safety in the Mountains Using the Guide Information at a Glance The Tour of Mont Blanc - Anti-Clockwise Stage 1 Les Houches - Bionnassay - Les Contamines Alt Stage 1 Les Houches - Refuge de Miage - Les Contamines Stage 2 Les Contamines - Croix du Bonhomme - Les Chapieux Stage 3 Les Chapieux - Col de la Seigne - Rifugio Elisabetta Stage 4 Rifugio Elisabetta - Courmayeur Stage 5 Courmayeur - Rifugio Bonatti Stage 6 Rifugio Bonatti - Grand Col Ferret - La Fouly Stage 7 La Fouly - Champex Stage 8 Champex - Alp Bovine - Col de la Forclaz Alt Stage 8 Champex - Fenetre d'Arpette - Col de la Forclaz Stage 9 Col de la Forclaz - Col de Balme - Tre-le-Champ Alt Stage 9 Col de la Forclaz - Refuge Les Grands - Tre-le-Champ Stage 10 Tre-le-Champ - La Flegere Stage 11 La Flegere - Le Brevent - Les Houches Places and Items of Interest on the TMB The Story of Mont Blanc The Tour of Mont Blanc - Clockwise Stage 1 Champex - Ferret Stage 2 Ferret - Grand Col Ferret - Rifugio Bonatti Stage 3 Rifugio Bonatti - Courmayeur Stage 4 Courmayeur - Rifugio Elisabetta Stage 5 Rifugio Elisabetta - Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme Stage 6 Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme - Les Contamines Stage 7 Les Contamines - Bionnassay - Les Houches Alt Stage 7 Les Contamines - Refuge de Miage - Les Houches Stage 8 Les Houches - Le Brevent - La Flegere Stage 9 La Flegere - Col de Balme - Trient Stage 10 Trient - Alp Bovine - Champex Alt Stage 10 Refuge Les Grands - Fenetre d'Arpette - Champex Appendix A Accommodation Appendix B Useful contacts Appendix C Further reading Appendix D French-English glossary
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