Training Top Tips for the Tour de Mont Blanc
It’s on our bucket list is it on yours? Why not make it happen this summer? I know the statistics look scary and you probably don’t think you are fit enough, I am 42 and I have let far too many adventures pass me by because I didn’t think I was fit or young enough – it’s only been in the past few years that I have learnt that the body will do what the mind tells it to.
“Every adventure requires a first step” – The Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland. We will be led by a qualified International Mountain Leader, to ensure safety and the highest levels of mountain leadership. Icicle Mountaineering ensure their leaders share history and information about the local area as well as showing us the amazing scenery – and we have the added experience of staying in traditional mountain huts for two nights set high in the mountains, away from the valley villages.
During the week we will pass through France, Italy and Switzerland, so we can enjoy the different cultures, architecture, and the food of each country over the week.
The Tour du Mont Blanc is an endurance hike and you can easily increase your fitness levels in the months leading up to it. Walking is loads of fun and great for your mind, body and soul so this doesn’t need to be a chore. Think positively and positive things will happen.
- Make walking part of your daily routine, start walking to work or come home and go straight out for a walk.
- Meet friends for walks at the weekends
- Use your lunch breaks to go for a walk
- Use a pedometer to help you track your steps and set new achievable goals each week.
- Get accustomed to carrying a ruck sack – take one with you on all walks however short they may be.
- Sign up to a challenge walk for charity, if people have sponsored you, you are less likely to find excuses not to go.
- Get yourself booked onto a trek trainning day
- Book a walking weekend so you can practice back to back walking over long distances.
- Practice walking in the mountains we have plenty in the UK
- Climb stairs – ditch the lifts
- Rest when you need to when you are building up your fitness
- Join a walking group
- Set yourself monthly distance targets
- Set target reminders on your calendar
- Get up 30 minutes earlier so you can do a daily walk
- Do spinning or swimming at a local gym three times a week to build up your aerobic fitness.
- Invest it a good quality pair of boots and use my 7 top tips to avoid blisters
- Take plenty of high energy – high protein snacks on your trainning walks
Saturday – Travel to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00
Sunday – Distance: 24km, Ascent: +1750m, Descent: -1300m Les Houches, Col de Voza, Col de Tricot. Night in Nant Borrant
Monday – Distance: 15km, Ascent: +1300m, Descent: -900m Cross the Col du Bonhomme, Col des Fours. Night in Les Mottets
Tuesday – Distance: 24km, Ascent: +1100m, Descent: -1700m Cross Col de Seigne, Arete Mont Favre, Col Checroui, Courmayeur area
Wednesday – Distance: 16km, Ascent: +1600m, Descent: -700m Ascend to Bertoni, Mont de la Saxe, Pas Entre Deux Sauts, Bonatti / Elena
Thursday – Distance: 33km, Ascent: +1600m, Descent: -2100m Trek Grand Col Ferret, Ferret, La Fouly, Praz de Fort, Issert, Champex Lac
Friday – Distance: 31km, Ascent: +1850m, Descent: -2000m Trek Fenetre d’Arpette to Trient, Col de Balme to Tre-le-Champ / Argentiere
Saturday – Distance: 25km, Ascent: +1500m, Descent: -1800m Trek the length of the Aiguilles Rouges, Flegere, & Brevent to Les Houches
Sunday -Breakfast in Chamonix, then the accommodation check out is by 10:00.
How to Walk the Tour du Mont Blanc