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  1.  The start of the TMB    20 July 2004    Hikes The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc France
         20 Jul 2004
  France, Hikes, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc  
  2.  TMB: Miage to La Balme    21 July 2004    Hikes The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc France
         21 Jul 2004
  France, Hikes, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc  
  3.  TMB    22 July 2004    Hikes The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc France
         22 Jul 2004
  France, Hikes, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc  
  4.  TMB: A rest stop in Courmayeur    23 July 2004    Courmayeur Hikes The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc Italy
         23 Jul 2004
  The Alps, Hikes, Italy, Courmayeur, Tour Mt Blanc  
  5.  TMB: The views from Bonatti    25 July 2004    Hikes The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc Italy
         25 Jul 2004
  Italy, Hikes, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc  
  6.  TMB: Bonatti to Ferret    26 July 2004    Hikes The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc Italy Switzerland
         26 Jul 2004
  The Alps, Hikes, Italy, Switzerland, Tour Mt Blanc  
  7.  TMB: Ferret to Champex    27 July 2004    Hikes The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc Switzerland
         27 Jul 2004
  Switzerland, Hikes, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc  
  8.  Dolomites map    2 July 2006    Dolomites Hikes Maps The Alps, Italy
         2 Jul 2006
  Hikes, Italy, Dolomites, Maps, The Alps  
  9.  Belluno to Fodara    3 July 2006    Dolomites Hikes The Alps, Italy
         3 Jul 2006
  Hikes, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps  
10.  Fodara to Fanes    4 July 2006    Dolomites Hikes The Alps, Italy
         4 Jul 2006
  Hikes, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps  
11.  Fanes to Scotini    5 July 2006    Dolomites Hikes The Alps, Italy
         5 Jul 2006
  Hikes, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps  
12.  Scotini to Cinqui Torri    6 July 2006    Dolomites Hikes The Alps, Italy
         6 Jul 2006
  Hikes, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps  
13.  Cinque Torri to Cortina    7 July 2006    Cortina d'Ampezzo Dolomites Hikes The Alps, Italy
         7 Jul 2006
  Dolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo, The Alps, Hikes, Italy  
14.  Cortina    8 July 2006    Cortina d'Ampezzo Dolomites The Alps, Italy
         8 Jul 2006
  Dolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo, The Alps, Italy  
15.  Cortina to Staulanza    9 July 2006    Dolomites Hikes The Alps, Italy
         9 Jul 2006
  Italy, Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps  
16.  Staulanza to Tissi    10 July 2006    Dolomites Hikes The Alps, Italy
         10 Jul 2006
  Italy, Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps  
17.  Tissi to Sebastiano    11 July 2006    Dolomites Hikes The Alps, Italy
         11 Jul 2006
  Italy, Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps  
18.  Stuck on the Vallée Blanche    10 September 2016    Chamonix The Alps
         10 Sep 2016
  The Alps, Chamonix  
19.  The Malatrá Valley    22 August 2018    Panorama The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc Italy
         22 Aug 2018
  Tour Mt Blanc, The Alps, Panorama, Italy  
 
 
 
1. The start of the TMB
20 Jul 2004    Hikes, The Alps  Tour Mt Blanc, France 
S   M   L
1. The start of the TMB   
20 Jul 2004    Hikes, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc, France   
 
 
 
 

Our first day on the trail is spent hiking to Miage.

 
 
 
 
Linda and Emily near Miage
     
 
 
 
Linda and Emily near Miage
     
 
 
 
Linda and Emily near Miage
     
 
 
Miage view
     
 
 
 
Miage view
     
 
 
 
Miage view
     
 
 
Refugio Miage, France
     
 
 
 
Refugio Miage, France
     
 
 
 
Refugio Miage, France
     
 
 
View from Miage
     
 
 
 
View from Miage
     
 
 
 
View from Miage
     
 
 
Refugio Miage, France
     
The places we stayed along the Tour du Mont Blanc hike varied, from very nice to crummy. Refugio Miage was the latter.
 
 
 
Refugio Miage, France
     
The places we stayed along the Tour du Mont Blanc hike varied, from very nice to crummy. Refugio Miage was the latter.
 
 
 
Refugio Miage, France
     
The places we stayed along the Tour du Mont Blanc hike varied, from very nice to crummy. Refugio Miage was the latter.
 
 
TMD day one: destination Miage
     
Emily, Linda, and Regina, our three hiking companions.
 
 
 
TMD day one: destination Miage
     
Emily, Linda, and Regina, our three hiking companions.
 
 
 
TMD day one: destination Miage
     
Emily, Linda, and Regina, our three hiking companions.
 
 
2. TMB: Miage to La Balme
21 Jul 2004    Hikes, The Alps  Tour Mt Blanc, France 
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2. TMB: Miage to La Balme   
21 Jul 2004    Hikes, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc, France   
 
 
 
 

Today we left Miage to hike to the nicer La Balme.

 
 
 
 
Refugio Miage, France
     
 
 
 
Refugio Miage, France
     
 
 
 
Refugio Miage, France
     
 
 
Emily & Tor, Ref. Miage
     
 
 
 
Emily & Tor, Ref. Miage
     
 
 
 
Emily & Tor, Ref. Miage
     
 
 
Refuge Miage
     
 
 
 
Refuge Miage
     
 
 
 
Refuge Miage
     
 
 
Tour du Mont Blanc
     
 
 
 
Tour du Mont Blanc
     
 
 
 
Tour du Mont Blanc
     
 
 
From Miage to La Balme
     
 
 
 
From Miage to La Balme
     
 
 
 
From Miage to La Balme
     
 
 
Linda & Emily heading to La Balme
     
 
 
 
Linda & Emily heading to La Balme
     
 
 
 
Linda & Emily heading to La Balme
     
 
 
View from La Balme
     
 
 
 
View from La Balme
     
 
 
 
View from La Balme
     
 
 
Tour du Mont Blanc
     
 
 
 
Tour du Mont Blanc
     
 
 
 
Tour du Mont Blanc
     
 
 
3. TMB
22 Jul 2004    Hikes, The Alps  Tour Mt Blanc, France 
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3. TMB   
22 Jul 2004    Hikes, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc, France   
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
La Balme
     
 
 
 
La Balme
     
 
 
 
La Balme
     
 
 
Regina, Paul, Emily, and Linda @ La Balme
     
 
 
 
Regina, Paul, Emily, and Linda @ La Balme
     
 
 
 
Regina, Paul, Emily, and Linda @ La Balme
     
 
 
La Balme
     
 
 
 
La Balme
     
 
 
 
La Balme
     
 
 
The hiking group taking a rest
     
 
 
 
The hiking group taking a rest
     
 
 
 
The hiking group taking a rest
     
 
 
Regina @ La Balme
     
With Emily and Linda on the stairs.
 
 
 
Regina @ La Balme
     
With Emily and Linda on the stairs.
 
 
 
Regina @ La Balme
     
With Emily and Linda on the stairs.
 
 
La Balme
     
 
 
 
La Balme
     
 
 
 
La Balme
     
 
 
Goodbye to La Balme
     
Ref La Balme, in the foreground, offered a room of bunk beds plus a good dinner. Nice views from the patio, too.
 
 
 
Goodbye to La Balme
     
Ref La Balme, in the foreground, offered a room of bunk beds plus a good dinner. Nice views from the patio, too.
 
 
 
Goodbye to La Balme
     
Ref La Balme, in the foreground, offered a room of bunk beds plus a good dinner. Nice views from the patio, too.
 
 
4. TMB: A rest stop in Courmayeur
23 Jul 2004    Courmayeur, Hikes, The Alps  Tour Mt Blanc, Italy 
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4. TMB: A rest stop in Courmayeur   
23 Jul 2004    Courmayeur, Hikes, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc, Italy   
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Emily, Courmayeur, Italy
     
 
 
 
Emily, Courmayeur, Italy
     
 
 
 
Emily, Courmayeur, Italy
     
 
 
5. TMB: The views from Bonatti
25 Jul 2004    Hikes, The Alps  Tour Mt Blanc, Italy 
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5. TMB: The views from Bonatti   
25 Jul 2004    Hikes, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Linda & Regina & Mt Blanc
     
We're on our way to Rifugio Bonatti.
 
 
 
Linda & Regina & Mt Blanc
     
We're on our way to Rifugio Bonatti.
 
 
 
Linda & Regina & Mt Blanc
     
We're on our way to Rifugio Bonatti.
 
 
Resting at Rifugio Bonatti
     
Regina, Paul, Linda, Emily (hidden), and Zammy
 
 
 
Resting at Rifugio Bonatti
     
Regina, Paul, Linda, Emily (hidden), and Zammy
 
 
 
Resting at Rifugio Bonatti
     
Regina, Paul, Linda, Emily (hidden), and Zammy
 
 
Rifugio Bonatti, Italy
     
Bonatti offers a comfortable bed and good food along with eye-watering views of Mt Blanc.
 
 
 
Rifugio Bonatti, Italy
     
Bonatti offers a comfortable bed and good food along with eye-watering views of Mt Blanc.
 
 
 
Rifugio Bonatti, Italy
     
Bonatti offers a comfortable bed and good food along with eye-watering views of Mt Blanc.
 
 

 
 
 
6. TMB: Bonatti to Ferret
26 Jul 2004    Hikes, The Alps  Tour Mt Blanc, Italy, Switzerland 
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6. TMB: Bonatti to Ferret   
26 Jul 2004    Hikes, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc, Italy, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 
Malatrá valley
     
We've left Ref. Bonatti, with it's postcard view of Mount Blanc, and are heading over the border to a hotel in a small Swiss town.
 
 
 
Malatrá valley
     
We've left Ref. Bonatti, with it's postcard view of Mount Blanc, and are heading over the border to a hotel in a small Swiss town.
 
 
 
Malatrá valley
     
We've left Ref. Bonatti, with it's postcard view of Mount Blanc, and are heading over the border to a hotel in a small Swiss town.
 
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley
     
 
 
Malatrá valley
     
 
 
 
Malatrá valley
     
 
 
 
Malatrá valley
     
 
 
Malatrá valley, Italy
     
 
 
 
Malatrá valley, Italy
     
 
 
 
Malatrá valley, Italy
     
 
 
Linda & Regina and glacier in Malatrá valley
     
Hiking from Ref. Bonatti, in Italy, to Ferret, Switzerland.
 
 
 
Linda & Regina and glacier in Malatrá valley
     
Hiking from Ref. Bonatti, in Italy, to Ferret, Switzerland.
 
 
 
Linda & Regina and glacier in Malatrá valley
     
Hiking from Ref. Bonatti, in Italy, to Ferret, Switzerland.
 
 
Regina at the col
     
 
 
 
Regina at the col
     
 
 
 
Regina at the col
     
 
 
Hiking near Ferret Switzerland
     
 
 
 
Hiking near Ferret Switzerland
     
 
 
 
Hiking near Ferret Switzerland
     
 
 
Dinner at our hotel, Ferret, SW
     
 
 
 
Dinner at our hotel, Ferret, SW
     
 
 
 
Dinner at our hotel, Ferret, SW
     
 
 

 
 
 
7. TMB: Ferret to Champex
27 Jul 2004    Hikes, The Alps  Tour Mt Blanc, Switzerland 
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7. TMB: Ferret to Champex   
27 Jul 2004    Hikes, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

We didn't do the full TMB route. Instead we stopped for a night in Champex and the next day took a bus to the train and then on to Paris.

 
 
 
 
Swiss trails marker
     
 
 
 
Swiss trails marker
     
 
 
 
Swiss trails marker
     
 
 
Our last day on the TMB
     
 
 
 
Our last day on the TMB
     
 
 
 
Our last day on the TMB
     
 
 
Our last day on the TMB
     
 
 
 
Our last day on the TMB
     
 
 
 
Our last day on the TMB
     
 
 
We're done! Champex-Lac
     
Emily, Linda, Paul, and Regina
 
 
 
We're done! Champex-Lac
     
Emily, Linda, Paul, and Regina
 
 
 
We're done! Champex-Lac
     
Emily, Linda, Paul, and Regina
 
 
8. Dolomites map
2 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, Maps, The Alps  Italy 
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8. Dolomites map   
2 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, Maps, The Alps, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Dolomite's trails map
     
 
 
 
Dolomite's trails map
     
 
 
 
Dolomite's trails map
     
 
 

 
 
 
9. Belluno to Fodara
3 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps  Italy 
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9. Belluno to Fodara   
3 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Trailhead for hike to Rifugio Fodara
     
 
 
 
Trailhead for hike to Rifugio Fodara
     
 
 
 
Trailhead for hike to Rifugio Fodara
     
 
 
Paul hiking in Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Paul hiking in Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Paul hiking in Dolomites
     
 
 
Trail marker
     
 
 
 
Trail marker
     
 
 
 
Trail marker
     
 
 
On our way
     
 
 
 
On our way
     
 
 
 
On our way
     
 
 

 
 
 
10. Fodara to Fanes
4 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps  Italy 
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10. Fodara to Fanes   
4 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Refugio Fodara
     
 
 
 
Refugio Fodara
     
 
 
 
Refugio Fodara
     
 
 
Refugio Fodara
     
 
 
 
Refugio Fodara
     
 
 
 
Refugio Fodara
     
 
 
The Dolomites
     
 
 
 
The Dolomites
     
 
 
 
The Dolomites
     
 
 

 
 
 
11. Fanes to Scotini
5 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps  Italy 
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11. Fanes to Scotini   
5 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Paul heading down a trail
     
 
 
 
Paul heading down a trail
     
 
 
 
Paul heading down a trail
     
 
 
Small chapel
     
 
 
 
Small chapel
     
 
 
 
Small chapel
     
 
 

 
 
 
12. Scotini to Cinqui Torri
6 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps  Italy 
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12. Scotini to Cinqui Torri   
6 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Paul at breakfast
     
 
 
 
Paul at breakfast
     
 
 
 
Paul at breakfast
     
 
 
Paul hiking
     
 
 
 
Paul hiking
     
 
 
 
Paul hiking
     
 
 
Parco Naturale
     
 
 
 
Parco Naturale
     
 
 
 
Parco Naturale
     
 
 
Colorful mountains
     
 
 
 
Colorful mountains
     
 
 
 
Colorful mountains
     
 
 
War ruins
     
 
 
 
War ruins
     
 
 
 
War ruins
     
 
 
Paul hiking up to Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
 
 
 
Paul hiking up to Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
 
 
 
Paul hiking up to Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
 
 
Paul viewing colourful mountains
     
 
 
 
Paul viewing colourful mountains
     
 
 
 
Paul viewing colourful mountains
     
 
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
 
 
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
 
 
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
 
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
This is a popular lunch spot easily accessed by cable car.
 
 
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
This is a popular lunch spot easily accessed by cable car.
 
 
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
This is a popular lunch spot easily accessed by cable car.
 
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi 2752m
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi 2752m
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi 2752m
     
 
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
 
 
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
 
 
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
 
 

 
 
 
13. Cinque Torri to Cortina
7 Jul 2006    Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps  Italy 
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13. Cinque Torri to Cortina   
7 Jul 2006    Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Rifugio Cinque Torri
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Cinque Torri
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Cinque Torri
     
 
 
Rif Cinque Torri
     
 
 
 
Rif Cinque Torri
     
 
 
 
Rif Cinque Torri
     
 
 
Paul hiking in the Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Paul hiking in the Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Paul hiking in the Dolomites
     
 
 
Rif Cinque Torri
     
 
 
 
Rif Cinque Torri
     
 
 
 
Rif Cinque Torri
     
 
 
Dolomites switchback
     
 
 
 
Dolomites switchback
     
 
 
 
Dolomites switchback
     
 
 
Dolomites trail
     
 
 
 
Dolomites trail
     
 
 
 
Dolomites trail
     
 
 
Dolomites zig-zag trail
     
 
 
 
Dolomites zig-zag trail
     
 
 
 
Dolomites zig-zag trail
     
 
 
Dolomites, Italy
     
 
 
 
Dolomites, Italy
     
 
 
 
Dolomites, Italy
     
 
 
Rif Passo Giau
     
 
 
 
Rif Passo Giau
     
 
 
 
Rif Passo Giau
     
 
 
Dolomites, Italy
     
We got a ride into Cortina where we planned to take a one day/two night city break.
 
 
 
Dolomites, Italy
     
We got a ride into Cortina where we planned to take a one day/two night city break.
 
 
 
Dolomites, Italy
     
We got a ride into Cortina where we planned to take a one day/two night city break.
 
 
Cortina
     
 
 
 
Cortina
     
 
 
 
Cortina
     
 
 
Cortina bike race
     
 
 
 
Cortina bike race
     
 
 
 
Cortina bike race
     
 
 
Cortina
     
 
 
 
Cortina
     
 
 
 
Cortina
     
 
 
Cortina
     
 
 
 
Cortina
     
 
 
 
Cortina
     
 
 

 
 
 
14. Cortina
8 Jul 2006    Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites, The Alps  Italy 
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14. Cortina   
8 Jul 2006    Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites, The Alps, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Cortina
     
 
 
 
Cortina
     
 
 
 
Cortina
     
 
 
Hotel Ambra
     
 
 
 
Hotel Ambra
     
 
 
 
Hotel Ambra
     
 
 

 
 
 
15. Cortina to Staulanza
9 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps  Italy 
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15. Cortina to Staulanza   
9 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi
     
 
 
Paul in the Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Paul in the Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Paul in the Dolomites
     
 
 
Hiking in the Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Hiking in the Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Hiking in the Dolomites
     
 
 

 
 
 
16. Staulanza to Tissi
10 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps  Italy 
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16. Staulanza to Tissi   
10 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Rifugio Staulanza
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Staulanza
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Staulanza
     
 
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai
     
 
 
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai
     
 
 
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai
     
 
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai
     
 
 
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai
     
 
 
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai
     
 
 
Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai
     
 
 
Hiking nuns
     
 
 
 
Hiking nuns
     
 
 
 
Hiking nuns
     
 
 
Hiking in the Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Hiking in the Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Hiking in the Dolomites
     
 
 
Refugio Tissi
     
 
 
 
Refugio Tissi
     
 
 
 
Refugio Tissi
     
 
 
Hiking to Tissi
     
Ref Tissi is just barely visible, it's on the right, the tiny bump on the jagged slope.
 
 
 
Hiking to Tissi
     
Ref Tissi is just barely visible, it's on the right, the tiny bump on the jagged slope.
 
 
 
Hiking to Tissi
     
Ref Tissi is just barely visible, it's on the right, the tiny bump on the jagged slope.
 
 
Hike to Tissi
     
 
 
 
Hike to Tissi
     
 
 
 
Hike to Tissi
     
 
 
Tissi
     
 
 
 
Tissi
     
 
 
 
Tissi
     
 
 
View from Tissi
     
 
 
 
View from Tissi
     
 
 
 
View from Tissi
     
 
 
Tissi
     
 
 
 
Tissi
     
 
 
 
Tissi
     
 
 

 
 
 
17. Tissi to Sebastiano
11 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps  Italy 
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17. Tissi to Sebastiano   
11 Jul 2006    Dolomites, Hikes, The Alps, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Leaving Tissi
     
 
 
 
Leaving Tissi
     
 
 
 
Leaving Tissi
     
 
 
Leaving Tissi
     
 
 
 
Leaving Tissi
     
 
 
 
Leaving Tissi
     
 
 
Hiking in the Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Hiking in the Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Hiking in the Dolomites
     
 
 
Dolomites, Italy
     
 
 
 
Dolomites, Italy
     
 
 
 
Dolomites, Italy
     
 
 
Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Dolomites
     
 
 
 
Dolomites
     
 
 
Hiking trail
     
 
 
 
Hiking trail
     
 
 
 
Hiking trail
     
 
 
Dolomites trail
     
Around the middle of this photo you can see the trail skirting the rock and heading over the pass.
 
 
 
Dolomites trail
     
Around the middle of this photo you can see the trail skirting the rock and heading over the pass.
 
 
 
Dolomites trail
     
Around the middle of this photo you can see the trail skirting the rock and heading over the pass.
 
 
Dolomites hiking trail
     
 
 
 
Dolomites hiking trail
     
 
 
 
Dolomites hiking trail
     
 
 
Ref Sebastiano
     
 
 
 
Ref Sebastiano
     
 
 
 
Ref Sebastiano
     
 
 

 
 
 
18. Stuck on the Vallée Blanche
10 Sep 2016    Chamonix, The Alps 
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18. Stuck on the Vallée Blanche   
10 Sep 2016    Chamonix, The Alps   
 
 
 
 

I've been following the story of the stranded Alps cable-car riders having ridden this very cable a few years ago. My first thought: not a place to spend the night. The cars are tiny, they barely hold four, and it's cold hanging up there surrounded by frozen water. Even in summer - the pictures below were taken in August - there is ice and snow everywhere you look.

But what a beautiful ride this is, eerily silent, just fluffy snow below and mountain peaks all around. The cable is called the Valle Blanche aerial tramway and it runs between the Aiguille du Midi in France and Pointe Helbronner in Italy. The tiny glass cars ride a 5 km-long cable, one of the highest and longest in the world, as they pass over a glacier dotted with ant-trails of mountain climbers.

I'm listening to Moby's Porcelain.

 
 
 
 
At the top
     
 
 
 
At the top
     
 
 
 
At the top
     
 
 
Vallée Blanche aerial tramway
     
It's one of the longest cable spans on earth, and it's eerily quiet and beautiful. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
 
 
 
Vallée Blanche aerial tramway
     
It's one of the longest cable spans on earth, and it's eerily quiet and beautiful. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
 
 
 
Vallée Blanche aerial tramway
     
It's one of the longest cable spans on earth, and it's eerily quiet and beautiful. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
 
 
Looking down from the Aiguille du Midi
     
 
 
 
Looking down from the Aiguille du Midi
     
 
 
 
Looking down from the Aiguille du Midi
     
 
 
19. The Malatrá Valley
22 Aug 2018    Panorama, The Alps  Tour Mt Blanc, Italy 
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19. The Malatrá Valley   
22 Aug 2018    Panorama, The Alps, Tour Mt Blanc, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley
     
 
 
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley
     
 
 

After many days of smoke-filled skies here on Vancouver Island I figured it's time to see a clear sky, even if it's only a photo of a clear sky and it's on the other side of the world.

This is the Malatrá Valley, in Italy. In the upper left corner, the speck on the green hillside, is Rifugio Bonatti where we hiked in and spent a comfortable night. The eye watering view from Bonatti is of the Mount Blanc massif, on the right. The massif is not only beautiful to look at but you can go under it, by car, or over it, by cable. I highly recommend the latter. Both take you to the other side of the massif where you'll find charming Chamonix, in France.

I shot this from the Col de Ferret, on the trail that would take us to our next stop, Ferret, in Switzerland. It was my first trip with a digital camera.

While I captured the photo in 2004, today, in 2018, was the first I'd seen it, and that is because it's made of two photos and only today did I happen to see them back to back and notice their panorama potential. Wow, what a difference they make glued together.