So Much For a Quick Trip to France

So Much For a Quick Trip to France

I planned to keep my trip to France short but, like I every time I’m here, I’m finding it hard to leave. This time I can do something about it. I cancelled my trip to Croatia (I’ll need more than 8 days anyway) and snuck in a quick visit to Normandy....
Went to a Party and a Hike Broke Out

Went to a Party and a Hike Broke Out

Tour de Mont Blanc, Part 1 My original plan for the TMB was to treat it the same as my first two hikes. I was going to carry my food, filter my water and camp every night. Basically, I would approach the TMB like it was a remote mountain adventure even though there...
I’m Fairly Certain This Happened

I’m Fairly Certain This Happened

Wow! I had the great fortune to share a silky smooth 1970 Bordeaux blend with some old and new friends. That sets a new PR by decades. I’m going to remember this one for a long time.
Intro to the Tour de Mont Blanc

Intro to the Tour de Mont Blanc

The Tour de Mont Blanc (“TMB”) is one of Europe’s Great Walks. Labelled Grand Randonée (“GR”) 5, the trek traces a circuit around the Mont Blanc massif. On the traditional anti-clockwise (or counter-clockwise for my American readers)...
Mile 211 Already

Mile 211 Already

In Part 3 of my JMT trip, I have another distant brush with a backcountry airlift, connect with Taylor after his bruising trip up Taboose Pass, avoid getting fried by lightning on a 12,000 ft pass, and reach Mt. Whitney after 211 miles. If you need a refresher or...