It had been raining for what felt like a week before our Tour du Mont Blanc hiking adventure. The thought
of walking for 12 days around the stunning Blanc Massif in the pouring rain was not exactly what I had in mind when I agreed to join friends taking on this classic hike.
The butterflies were fluttering. I was already feeling a tad apprehensive about my fitness compared to the gang, a group consisting of my husband, 3 Clipper sailing crew alumni and a man nicknamed ‘the mountain goat’. Furthermore, I was suffering buyers remorse and pining after my beloved old pair of boots, my new ones stubbornly resisting my attempts to break them in. I really didn’t want persistent rain to be a test on my resolve too.
Mother Nature took pity on us. The moment we arrived in Chamonix the rain stopped, the sun came out and the clouds drifted away. Amazingly, the rain wouldn’t make an appearance again until we finished, the first drops falling at the exact moment we checked into our final hotel. Instead, our 180km route had taken us through luscious green mountainous landscapes stretching as far as the eye could see, drenched in warm alpine sunshine with a glorious deep blue sky backdrop. Pinch yourself.
Summer Adventures to inspire you to get outside