Tour de Mont Blanc - Variety of Photos

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September 26th 2007
Published: September 27th 2007
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Funny place to put these....there were sure other spots they would have been more helpful
Hi from Kelley in Canada! Yes, I admit I am in complete denial that my trip is over. However the jet lag reminds me it is. Boo Hoo!! I am not capable of doing much more than laundry so spent the day looking over the photos and smiling. Have heard from Alicia and Ross and all is well .....I miss her already!

After talking to my sister this morning, I have decided to add more photos (not just mountains) to the blog instead of just sending her a bunch of attachments. It seems if I were on facebook I could just add an album of pictures, but as I am not, here goes.

Compiled a few stats, as I really can not believe where our feet where able to take us. We completed 11 stages of the Tour de Mont Blanc covering 177 km and 11,206 m of height gain and loss in 12 days with 86 hours on the trail.

Thanks for checking in on us and our journey. It was one of the most amazing times for Alicia and I to share and so special to know we are supported by great family and friends back
Special Sign postSpecial Sign postSpecial Sign post

A variety of signs helped keep us on the right trail!

Take care and happy hiking!



PS Ooops it appears I have loaded too many favorite photos to allow me to change their order...sorry!

PS I believe Alicia will be making blog entries as her trip continues...stay tuned!

Additional photos below
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Another SignAnother Sign
Another Sign

Each country used different methods....this one appeared often! TMB Tour Mont Blanc
Our hotel in CormayeurOur hotel in Cormayeur
Our hotel in Cormayeur

Found 31 other Canadians here....but on a bus transport to each trail for day hikes!
Glacier retreatGlacier retreat
Glacier retreat

Wow you can really see where this glacier once was!
Check out Mabel's collarCheck out Mabel's collar
Check out Mabel's collar

Nicely detailed collars hold the bells that ring through the valleys!
Italian SignpostItalian Signpost
Italian Signpost

As much detail as anyone could possibly want.
Alicia feeding the  pack mule!Alicia feeding the  pack mule!
Alicia feeding the pack mule!

We do know how hard he worked all day...carrying those heavy packs!
Hotel Edelweiss in La Fouly Day 7Hotel Edelweiss in La Fouly Day 7
Hotel Edelweiss in La Fouly Day 7

We thought we had the dorm all to ourselves until 3 groups arrived with pack mules.....then we had 10 new roommates!
Our Aussie friend LeoOur Aussie friend Leo
Our Aussie friend Leo

A wealth of Alps knowledge after years of hiking in them!
Alpine fallAlpine fall
Alpine fall

Colours starting to change in the Alpine
Feeding sheepFeeding sheep
Feeding sheep

Alicia always on the look out for animals on the trail!

Alicia captured my feeling exactly in this shot.....thank goodness the bouldering is over!
Aids to NavigationAids to Navigation
Aids to Navigation

What can I say...a little help along the trail for us novices!
Mont Blanc from Les Contamines -  Day 2Mont Blanc from Les Contamines -  Day 2
Mont Blanc from Les Contamines - Day 2

No matter where you are on the entire circuit....Mont Blanc is the show piece.
Soothing rest stopSoothing rest stop
Soothing rest stop

Nothing like cold glacial water to ease the achy feet.
Ipod TimeIpod Time
Ipod Time

Great to listen to music for a bit and not have to watch where each step is taking you.
Roaming herds!Roaming herds!
Roaming herds!

You smell them, then hear the bells and then finally they come into view.
Valley flowersValley flowers
Valley flowers

We missed the Alpine meadows in bloom but managed to find this valley field of fall flowers.
Emergency ShelterEmergency Shelter
Emergency Shelter

Looking back we are thankful for our great weather and that we did not need to make use of this type of shelter.

27th September 2007

Boy those pictures really demonstrate what a phenomenal trip this was. I keep looking down the page for - beer steins, lederhose, Heidi and the Sound of Music family rounding the corner singing Oh Canada. Hope there will be a slide show in Ladner soon.
2nd October 2007

I raise my hat to you!
whats a girl to do when such an adventure comes to an end but start planning the next one. If you weren't already my sister I would really wish you were. Lucky me! Love you much,B

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