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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:11 am 
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I know we have had a couple of boardies who have done a few .. Guysmiley, DAC, Zappaman, Odval remember saying he did the GR20 and the West Highland Way thread was very useful when I did it again last year and quite a few boardies had done it..

Anyway, has anyone got any experience of the Mont Blanc Route? Am looking at doing it at the beginning of Sep in 6 days but bit worried I'm biting off more than I can chew.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:30 am 
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Tour de Mont Blanc? Six days is standard is it not?

Edit - Sorry I forgot you'd injured yourself, are you feeling recovered?


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Summit or round the base?

6 days is fine for round the base.


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Summit or round the base?

6 days is fine for round the base.

This


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I got lost for an hour in the hills around bethells beach. Does that count.


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I may as well blow the trumpet here as well..

I'm planning a return to Nepal later this year, in October. This time we're heading off to do the Three Passes trek in the Khumbu, the area around Everest. If we can manage it all, we'll climb ... oh bugger it, here's a pic of the profile

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If we pull this off I reckon we'll have done one of the tougher walks going and I'll be well chuffed.


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I may as well blow the trumpet here as well..

I'm planning a return to Nepal later this year, in October. This time we're heading off to do the Three Passes trek in the Khumbu, the area around Everest. If we can manage it all, we'll climb ... oh bugger it, here's a pic of the profile

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If we pull this off I reckon we'll have done one of the tougher walks going and I'll be well chuffed.


You're not going to use a scooter are you?


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I came back from Athens once; hitching a lift on a lorry.

Thought I'd just get to Blighty and re-hitch. Turned out he was going to Norwich and he dropped me off just outside the house.

My parents used to give me enough money to get across the Channel and a bit further inland.

There used to be loads of hitchhikers at Dover and Calais so that made sense.

One of the tricks was to go with an attractive girl and hide in the bushes whilst she hitched (ha!) her skirt up and thumbed only to jump in the cab at the last moment when said driver was picking her up.

Rarely see a hitchhiker these days. I managed to do a great deal of Europe in my time.


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happyhooker wrote:
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Summit or round the base?

6 days is fine for round the base.

This

I've done parts of the Mont Blanc lower circuit and it isn't at all strenuous (for anyone halfway fit).


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guy smiley wrote:
I may as well blow the trumpet here as well..

I'm planning a return to Nepal later this year, in October. This time we're heading off to do the Three Passes trek in the Khumbu, the area around Everest. If we can manage it all, we'll climb ... oh bugger it, here's a pic of the profile

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If we pull this off I reckon we'll have done one of the tougher walks going and I'll be well chuffed.


You're not going to use a scooter are you?

:lol:


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guy smiley wrote:
I may as well blow the trumpet here as well..

I'm planning a return to Nepal later this year, in October. This time we're heading off to do the Three Passes trek in the Khumbu, the area around Everest. If we can manage it all, we'll climb ... oh bugger it, here's a pic of the profile

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If we pull this off I reckon we'll have done one of the tougher walks going and I'll be well chuffed.


That looks full on :uhoh:


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I didn't crash a f ucking scooter, you twats.

It is full on... a week at close to 5 000m. Several peaks of 5500 or more during the trip. If i can, I'd like to summit Chukhung Tse, at 5850. I don't think I'll have a chance to climb any higher. It's not shown on this simple map but it's a ridgeline and peak behind Chukhung, where you take a rest / acclimatisation day before the first pass, Kongma La.

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I live hiking but have done piss all since I've been here. I'd like to do an overnight in August. Any recommendations? Literally anywhere in Europe is fine.


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HKCJ wrote:
I know we have had a couple of boardies who have done a few .. Guysmiley, DAC, Zappaman, Odval remember saying he did the GR20 and the West Highland Way thread was very useful when I did it again last year and quite a few boardies had done it..

Anyway, has anyone got any experience of the Mont Blanc Route? Am looking at doing it at the beginning of Sep in 6 days but bit worried I'm biting off more than I can chew.


If you mean the Tour de Mont Blanc, with reasonable fitness, you will p*ss all over it. You can do it in four days if you are in decent shape and dont mind eight hour plus days and early starts, but you are not leaving yourself much chill time to appreciate your surroundings. Six days is fine although I did in about eight and had a rest day. However, be aware that the refuge huts that you can doss in may be closing during the first/second week of September. Does not mean you cant still do it of course, just that you will need to bring a bivvy bag and stove with you (this may be preferable anyway as sharing a dorm with a bunch of snoring krauts may not be your idea of fun, I dossed outside for both the TdMB and the GR20 but I like being that bit more feral)

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Its one of the classic alpine walks, up there with the Chamonix to Zermatt trek.

You will need these maps:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chamonix-Mont-Blanc-3630OT-Outstanding-Weather/dp/0755835034?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0755835034&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=as_li_ss_tl&tag=chamonixnet0c

https://www.amazon.co.uk/St-Gervais-Bains-Mont-Blanc-Outstanding-Weather/dp/0755834720?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0755834720&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=as_li_ss_tl&tag=chamonixnet0c

In other news I did the first leg of the South Downs Way last weekend!


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Zakar wrote:
I live hiking but have done piss all since I've been here. I'd like to do an overnight in August. Any recommendations? Literally anywhere in Europe is fine.


Just in the uk there are loads. Pennine, coast to coast, West Highland way, Pembrokeshire coastal. Depends on your time/level.

The most spectacular I've done was more climbing orientated and included les dents du midi and mont blanc. Unbelievable. There's some decent stuff in the dolomites and the pyrenees outside the alps.

The 'pilgrimage' to santiaga De compostella was notable as much for the food as the hiking


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Zakar wrote:
I live hiking but have done piss all since I've been here. I'd like to do an overnight in August. Any recommendations? Literally anywhere in Europe is fine.


Just in the uk there are loads. Pennine, coast to coast, West Highland way, Pembrokeshire coastal. Depends on your time/level.

The most spectacular I've done was more climbing orientated and included les dents du midi and mont blanc. Unbelievable. There's some decent stuff in the dolomites and the pyrenees outside the alps.

The 'pilgrimage' to santiaga De compostella was notable as much for the food as the hiking


Would probably want to limit it to about 25kms a day, assuming moderate terrain.

Did one near Lewes a couple of weeks ago that was ok. Think I'd get bored hiking through paddocks though.


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happyhooker wrote:
Zakar wrote:
I live hiking but have done piss all since I've been here. I'd like to do an overnight in August. Any recommendations? Literally anywhere in Europe is fine.


Just in the uk there are loads. Pennine, coast to coast, West Highland way, Pembrokeshire coastal. Depends on your time/level.

The most spectacular I've done was more climbing orientated and included les dents du midi and mont blanc. Unbelievable. There's some decent stuff in the dolomites and the pyrenees outside the alps.

The 'pilgrimage' to santiaga De compostella was notable as much for the food as the hiking

And the Julian Alps of Slovenia.


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What's wrong with a serviceable car? You are all nuts.


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Zakar wrote:
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Zakar wrote:
I live hiking but have done piss all since I've been here. I'd like to do an overnight in August. Any recommendations? Literally anywhere in Europe is fine.


Just in the uk there are loads. Pennine, coast to coast, West Highland way, Pembrokeshire coastal. Depends on your time/level.

The most spectacular I've done was more climbing orientated and included les dents du midi and mont blanc. Unbelievable. There's some decent stuff in the dolomites and the pyrenees outside the alps.

The 'pilgrimage' to santiaga De compostella was notable as much for the food as the hiking


Would probably want to limit it to about 25kms a day, assuming moderate terrain.

Did one near Lewes a couple of weeks ago that was ok. Think I'd get bored hiking through paddocks though.


The Pembrokeshire Coast is stunning and not particlar arduous. It's bloody long though, so maybe a part of it.

Closer to home and you can split it up and do a day here and there, have a look at the London loop. Also some gentle day trips in the Chiltern and the bluebells are just stunning this time of year


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Do you have to keep dodging cyclists?


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What's wrong with a serviceable car? You are all nuts.

Globby, you'd love hiking. You can buy loads of expensive kit and then go for a stroll for 5ks round the county side whilst suitably equipped for the himalayas.


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Do you have to keep dodging cyclists?



Nah. Just string a bit of barbed wire across the paths at regular intervals and you'll be golden


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What's wrong with a serviceable car? You are all nuts.

Globby, you'd love hiking. You can buy loads of expensive kit and then go for a stroll for 5ks round the county side whilst suitably equipped for the himalayas.


I was a bit disappointed, I was awaiting some whimsical anecdote about trekking the alps with Brian Blessed, Reinhold Messner, Walter Bonatti and David Breashears


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What's wrong with a serviceable car? You are all nuts.

Globby, you'd love hiking. You can buy loads of expensive kit and then go for a stroll for 5ks round the county side whilst suitably equipped for the himalayas.

Rather go sailing really. The wind is free, as long as it's there.

I can do G&Ts whilst on autopilot.

I did a backpack exercise in Derbyshire a while back. Stayed in Winster. Ate a ludicrous 18oz steak for a bet at The Bowling Green I think.

Most of the hike was on disused railway track.

It was blooming competitive. Yomping is not my idea of a good day out these days.


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What's wrong with a serviceable car? You are all nuts.

Globby, you'd love hiking. You can buy loads of expensive kit and then go for a stroll for 5ks round the county side whilst suitably equipped for the himalayas.


I was a bit disappointed, I was awaiting some whimsical anecdote about trekking the alps with Brian Blessed, Reinhold Messner, Walter Bonatti and David Breashears

I hate to disappoint. Sheesh.


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globus wrote:
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What's wrong with a serviceable car? You are all nuts.

Globby, you'd love hiking. You can buy loads of expensive kit and then go for a stroll for 5ks round the county side whilst suitably equipped for the himalayas.

Rather go sailing really. The wind is free, as long as it's there.

I can do G&Ts whilst on autopilot.

I did a backpack exercise in Derbyshire a while back. Stayed in Winster. Ate a ludicrous 18oz steak for a bet at The Bowling Green I think.

Most of the hike was on disused railway track.

It was blooming competitive. Yomping is not my idea of a good day out these days.


Are you genuinely telling me that sailing is free. FFS you might as well fuel an aga with £50 notes


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I may as well blow the trumpet here as well..

I'm planning a return to Nepal later this year, in October. This time we're heading off to do the Three Passes trek in the Khumbu, the area around Everest. If we can manage it all, we'll climb ... oh bugger it, here's a pic of the profile

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If we pull this off I reckon we'll have done one of the tougher walks going and I'll be well chuffed.


When the kids are older and wife loves me no more I am buggering off and doing that.


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happyhooker wrote:
Zakar wrote:
happyhooker wrote:
Zakar wrote:
I live hiking but have done piss all since I've been here. I'd like to do an overnight in August. Any recommendations? Literally anywhere in Europe is fine.


Just in the uk there are loads. Pennine, coast to coast, West Highland way, Pembrokeshire coastal. Depends on your time/level.

The most spectacular I've done was more climbing orientated and included les dents du midi and mont blanc. Unbelievable. There's some decent stuff in the dolomites and the pyrenees outside the alps.

The 'pilgrimage' to santiaga De compostella was notable as much for the food as the hiking


Would probably want to limit it to about 25kms a day, assuming moderate terrain.

Did one near Lewes a couple of weeks ago that was ok. Think I'd get bored hiking through paddocks though.


The Pembrokeshire Coast is stunning and not particlar arduous. It's bloody long though, so maybe a part of it.

Closer to home and you can split it up and do a day here and there, have a look at the London loop. Also some gentle day trips in the Chiltern and the bluebells are just stunning this time of year


Cheers HH


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Zakar wrote:
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Zakar wrote:
I live hiking but have done piss all since I've been here. I'd like to do an overnight in August. Any recommendations? Literally anywhere in Europe is fine.


Just in the uk there are loads. Pennine, coast to coast, West Highland way, Pembrokeshire coastal. Depends on your time/level.

The most spectacular I've done was more climbing orientated and included les dents du midi and mont blanc. Unbelievable. There's some decent stuff in the dolomites and the pyrenees outside the alps.

The 'pilgrimage' to santiaga De compostella was notable as much for the food as the hiking


Would probably want to limit it to about 25kms a day, assuming moderate terrain.


Did one near Lewes a couple of weeks ago that was ok. Think I'd get bored hiking through paddocks though.


Bernese Oberland is very worth doing. Great scenery, challenging but not ridiculous and you end up at the Eiger.


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happyhooker wrote:
Zakar wrote:
happyhooker wrote:
Zakar wrote:
I live hiking but have done piss all since I've been here. I'd like to do an overnight in August. Any recommendations? Literally anywhere in Europe is fine.


Just in the uk there are loads. Pennine, coast to coast, West Highland way, Pembrokeshire coastal. Depends on your time/level.

The most spectacular I've done was more climbing orientated and included les dents du midi and mont blanc. Unbelievable. There's some decent stuff in the dolomites and the pyrenees outside the alps.

The 'pilgrimage' to santiaga De compostella was notable as much for the food as the hiking


Would probably want to limit it to about 25kms a day, assuming moderate terrain.

Did one near Lewes a couple of weeks ago that was ok. Think I'd get bored hiking through paddocks though.


The Pembrokeshire Coast is stunning and not particlar arduous. It's bloody long though, so maybe a part of it.

Closer to home and you can split it up and do a day here and there, have a look at the London loop. Also some gentle day trips in the Chiltern and the bluebells are just stunning this time of year


Yep train out of Paddington to the Chilterns would be perfect this time of year.


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Zakar wrote:
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Zakar wrote:
I live hiking but have done piss all since I've been here. I'd like to do an overnight in August. Any recommendations? Literally anywhere in Europe is fine.


Just in the uk there are loads. Pennine, coast to coast, West Highland way, Pembrokeshire coastal. Depends on your time/level.

The most spectacular I've done was more climbing orientated and included les dents du midi and mont blanc. Unbelievable. There's some decent stuff in the dolomites and the pyrenees outside the alps.

The 'pilgrimage' to santiaga De compostella was notable as much for the food as the hiking


Would probably want to limit it to about 25kms a day, assuming moderate terrain.

Did one near Lewes a couple of weeks ago that was ok. Think I'd get bored hiking through paddocks though.


The Pembrokeshire Coast is stunning and not particlar arduous. It's bloody long though, so maybe a part of it.

Closer to home and you can split it up and do a day here and there, have a look at the London loop. Also some gentle day trips in the Chiltern and the bluebells are just stunning this time of year


Yep train out of Paddington to the Chilterns would be perfect this time of year.


Took the train from Marylebone out to Wendover the other day. Twas glorious


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theo wrote:
guy smiley wrote:
I may as well blow the trumpet here as well..

I'm planning a return to Nepal later this year, in October. This time we're heading off to do the Three Passes trek in the Khumbu, the area around Everest. If we can manage it all, we'll climb ... oh bugger it, here's a pic of the profile

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If we pull this off I reckon we'll have done one of the tougher walks going and I'll be well chuffed.


When the kids are older and wife loves me no more I am buggering off and doing that.


In some ways I would love to do something like that, but it's the mental side of things that I think I'd struggle with more than anything else. I like trekking, but I think after the 7th day or so, I think it might wear a bit thin.

Done the Kili climb and the Inca trail plus some trekking in Borneo, Austria and around the UK. The longest continuous one I've done is the Kili climb at 6 days up and down. Not sure I'd want to do much more than that.


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I live hiking but have done piss all since I've been here. I'd like to do an overnight in August. Any recommendations? Literally anywhere in Europe is fine.


Just in the uk there are loads. Pennine, coast to coast, West Highland way, Pembrokeshire coastal. Depends on your time/level.

The most spectacular I've done was more climbing orientated and included les dents du midi and mont blanc. Unbelievable. There's some decent stuff in the dolomites and the pyrenees outside the alps.

The 'pilgrimage' to santiaga De compostella was notable as much for the food as the hiking


Would probably want to limit it to about 25kms a day, assuming moderate terrain.


Did one near Lewes a couple of weeks ago that was ok. Think I'd get bored hiking through paddocks though.


Bernese Oberland is very worth doing. Great scenery, challenging but not ridiculous and you end up at the Eiger.


I did that a few years ago. Just did a big circle below the Eiger. Rafting and Canyoning out of Interlaken too.


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Took the train from Marylebone out to Wendover the other day. Twas glorious


Yep, might go out this weekend (I meant Marylebone too, not Paddington). Go out of that station normally a dozen times over summer.


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I may as well blow the trumpet here as well..

I'm planning a return to Nepal later this year, in October. This time we're heading off to do the Three Passes trek in the Khumbu, the area around Everest. If we can manage it all, we'll climb ... oh bugger it, here's a pic of the profile

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If we pull this off I reckon we'll have done one of the tougher walks going and I'll be well chuffed.


When the kids are older and wife loves me no more I am buggering off and doing that.


In some ways I would love to do something like that, but it's the mental side of things that I think I'd struggle with more than anything else. I like trekking, but I think after the 7th day or so, I think it might wear a bit thin.

Done the Kili climb and the Inca trail plus some trekking in Borneo, Austria and around the UK. The longest continuous one I've done is the Kili climb at 6 days up and down. Not sure I'd want to do much more than that.


In fairness as mountains go Kili is a shite climb, and I dont mean technical difficulty


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What's wrong with a serviceable car? You are all nuts.

Globby, you'd love hiking. You can buy loads of expensive kit and then go for a stroll for 5ks round the county side whilst suitably equipped for the himalayas.

Rather go sailing really. The wind is free, as long as it's there.

I can do G&Ts whilst on autopilot.

I did a backpack exercise in Derbyshire a while back. Stayed in Winster. Ate a ludicrous 18oz steak for a bet at The Bowling Green I think.

Most of the hike was on disused railway track.

It was blooming competitive. Yomping is not my idea of a good day out these days.


Are you genuinely telling me that sailing is free. FFS you might as well fuel an aga with £50 notes

It's just the fuel is free. You are right. I sold my yacht, Mimosa, a while back. The cost of mooring it in the Hamble became a tad pricey. If I'm right it was up to £5.500 for a berth and taking it out of the water in the winter.

I also got fed up with the Solent. I could sail it with my eyes shut. Decided I'd rather sail in the Caribbean and other warm places.

No tides to worry about there and if anyone fell overboard (nobody did) they wouldn't freeze to death in two minutes.

I'm too old to haul halyards anymore. If any of you youngsters want a trip, I'll navigate but let you do all the hard graft!


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A simple 'agreed' would have sufficed


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happyhooker wrote:
A simple 'agreed' would have sufficed

Agreed.


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