On July 27th, 2018, my husband Luke and I set off on our biggest adventure to date: To hike the Tour du Mont Blanc.
My initial intention was to pack a notebook and pen, and journal our trip so future Hannah could re-read and re-relive the trip. Maybe it was the thin mountain air, the quiet evenings or the simplicity of life on the trail, but writing and documenting our journey became an integral part of the whole experience. Wherever we were, I was inspired to write. Whether perched at the top of Col de la Seigne looking out over Italy after a massive day’s climb, or curled up in the evening at our mountain refuge, clean and warm, sharing a beer with Luke. It became a way for me to process what I was feeling and crystallize some of the fleeting thoughts that passed through my mind while in motion.
Upon arriving back home, I've been surprised by how many people have actually contacted me asking questions about the hike and our experience. Although not my initial intention, I'm drawn to share my experience with anyone who is interested in listening, to give you a little taste into what it was like spending 10 days on the trail.
I’ll start by saying the Tour du Mont Blanc is not for everyone.
I’ll be completely honest, there were days that were hard. Our bodies hurt and there were times I wanted to curl up on the side of the trail and cry (and there were times Luke did... but that’s a story for day 5 you’ll have to wait for). It was also an electrifying experience and one that brought out a side of myself I loved. It made me dig deep, and brought back a confidence I felt had vanished over the past year. It was a reminder to re-prioritize my life and truly changed me on a deeper level.
In my recount I might swear, I will most definitely talk about poop, and I will hopefully illuminate my experience and the beauty of the mountains.
Written mostly as a story, if specifics are what you are after I am happy to share more of the details from the trip with whoever is interested. Where exactly we stayed, what sorts of costs we incured (hint: a lot!) or any other inquiries don't hesitate to contact me, I love to talk TMB!
One day, I hope to return to the TMB trail and run the route from start to finish… I’m just waiting for that lucky lottery ticket. For now, I’ll have to rely on these memories and daydream myself back to the trail.