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Trekking the Tour Du Mont Blanc

High mountain lake, historic wooded hut, clouds, and high peaks: what more could one want?  Photo by Carey Kish
High mountain lake, historic wooded hut, clouds, and high peaks: what more could one want? Photo by Carey Kish
Posted Oct. 18, 2012, at 9:24 a.m.
Classic alpine huts with amenities await trekkers at strategic locations.  Photo by Carey Kish.
Classic alpine huts with amenities await trekkers at strategic locations. Photo by Carey Kish.

Have you ever thought about hiking in Europe, but didn’t know which country to focus on or how to organize a multi-day trek from a distance? We’ve got a short answer and a long answer for both questions. The short answer is in this article; to hear the better long answer with all the details you have to go to a slide show Tuesday, October 16th at the Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, Freeport, ME 04032.

Here’s the short version: Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, a two-week, 170-kilometer classic long-distance walking trail that encircles the Mount Blanc Massif. Walk through Switzerland, Germany, and France enthralled by the distant views and local experiences.

The TMB, as it is known, is a good introduction to European trekking because there are excellent guidebooks and maps, the path is well-marked and graded, there’s a fine string of good accommodations, great food and beer and wine, and just enough other international trekkers for company. And you get to experience hiking through France, Italy, and Switzerland!

And here is how to get the long version of the story, get your questions answered, and have a rousing good time in the process. Join local adventurer, writer, and photographer Carey Kish and his wife Fran Leyman at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 24th in the Upstairs Lecture Hall at the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, 04401. There they will tell tales and show pictures of their recent circumnavigation of the Mont Blanc Massif. En route the duo tackled a dozen high mountain passes and cumulatively gained nearly 33,000 feet of elevation through strikingly beautiful Alpine terrain.

See driving directions at www.amcmaine.org under Meetings and Education Committee. Their talk will begin at 6:30pm and is free and open to the public. For information email Education Chair John Mullens at education@amcmaine.org

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