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April 25, 2024 49 mins

Marcus Shapiro is joined by Mags and Olly - Tour du Mont Blanc experts!  They both share a passion for the Tour du Mont Blanc hike a.k.a. TMB.  After listening to the discussion, you will feel confident about committing to this iconic hike.  Below is a sampling of some discussion topics:

- Make your pitch for why someone should pick the TMB if they could only make one trip this year.

- What is the most common fitness question you get?

- Do you find a difference in fitness levels between self-guided and guided travelers?

- When someone has to abandon the TMB due to low fitness, what do you think they left out of their program?

- What is the biggest surprise most people experience on TMB?

- What do your guides find most people struggle with on TMB?

- What surprises most people when they begin researching TMB?

- Do many people underestimate the elevation gain per day?

- Describe the most challenging 2 stages and why.

- What percentage of hikers take on one variant or more?

- What would be a good target pack weight to aim for in different scenarios?

- Most hikers hike anti-clockwise so that the views of Mont Blanc are always in front of them, but there are advantages to hiking clockwise. Please discuss.

- It is common to Cover the entire Tour du Mont Blanc in 11 days. Detail other ways to experience the TMB.

Mags is omnipresent online, providing confidence to those who want to hike the TMB without a guide.  Olly is the operations director, managing the running of all the trips for Adventure Base and will get you all set to hike with a guide.  They are both based in Chamonix in the French Alps and live at the foot of Mont Blanc - the start/finish of the famous multi-day trekking route - Tour du Mont Blanc.

Mags Nixon

Olly Alkema / Adventure Base

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