Up, Up, and Away! Off to Mont Blanc.

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A little confession: I can’t remember if I ever mentioned on the blog or on social media that I am doing this trip, so it may come as a bit of a surprise. I am leaving today for the Alps! Sorry if I didn’t mention it, as it wasn’t meant to be a surprise – I am just the worst and I can never remember what I have and haven’t already said.

You may remember a casual little jaunt I took through Nepal last year. I went with my friends Bobbi and Allison, and it was the first time we had ever traveled together even though we have run together for years. Well, we basically had the best time ever and decided we had to make these trips a tradition. We actually started brainstorming for our next trip while we were still in Nepal.

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Legends

Ultimately, after a bit of research, we decided that we wanted to conquer the Tour du Mont Blanc for our next hiking adventure! The 110-mile loop trail is a classic tour through the Alps that goes through Switzerland, France, and Italy. There is 30,000 feet of elevation gain along the way, so it isn’t for the faint of heart, but then again, neither is my life, ya know?

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The map

Along the way, we’ll be staying in different mountain lodges and refuges. Some of them are small and we’ll have a room just for the 3 of us, while others will have us sleeping in massive dormitories of 50+ people. They recommend making lodging reservations well in advance, since July and August are the busiest times of the year, so we have had our route planned out for months. We are planning the 110 miles in 8 days, which…might be interesting (recommended is 7-11).

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Photo courtesy of REI

We’re excited and nervous but really looking forward to it! It’s always a bit stressful packing for something like this because you know you have to carry everything on your back. That means that every single ounce matters, especially when you’re climbing 30,000 feet over 110 miles. So I’m packing, unpacking, and repacking every KUHL item I have and freaking out about bringing the wrong stuff. Don’t worry, I’ll be able to give you lots of solid advice when I get back!

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Prepping to pet ALL THE COWS. Photo courtesy of REI.

This is my last big adventure before the next big adventure, and I’ve been looking forward to it for months! It’s time to see if all that strength training is paying off. I will have Wi-Fi at some of the lodges, so follow me on Instagram and see photos from the hike before anyone else! I have a feeling this is gonna be pretty epic.

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9 thoughts on “Up, Up, and Away! Off to Mont Blanc.

  1. There are stacks of amazing elite trail runners there at the moment training for the big UTMB coming up in a couple of weeks!! Keep an eye out. Have a fabulous time – very envious!

    1. Oh, excellent! They can look down at me with pity as I lie collapsed on the ground and they go running past me 🙂

  2. Take me with you!!!! I’m an excellent climber, I bring my own food and I share 🙂 Seriously, this trip looks amazing (as usual) and I wish I had friends who would do this kind of stuff with me!!

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