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Mont Blanc 2018

Introduction

HSX-on-Trail du Mont-Blanc is the latest expedition from Hampshire Scout Expeditions.

Seven HSX members, led by the fearless Jamie Kelly and Alan Braithwaite, are planning to traverse the Trail du Mont-Blanc in 6 days – averaging 27 km per day

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The Tour Du Mont Blanc

The group photo taken outside Heathrow airport on the 5thSeptember featured 7 members of Hampshire Scout Expeditions who were about to embark on a challenging expedition to trek the famous Trail Du Mont Blanc. None of us truly knew the immense task ahead that we had signed up for. The route in question was to start in the Chamonix valley situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and the Aiguille du Midi. It would then take us through relentless undulating mountain and forest trails into Italy, Switzerland and back into France. Our aim was to complete the

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Day 4 – The Team Reunite!

I write this having found accommodation at the last minute due to discovering our planned refuge for tomorrow night failed to get a permit for this season (that would explain the lack of response!).  With typical Swiss efficiency, the errors in our email were highlighted and corrected and we were told that we weren’t lucky to get a space, but it was unusual for us to get beds at such late notice!

To give you all a quick update, over the course of yesterday a couple of the team members picked up injuries which meant that they withdrew at

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Latest update on HSX Mont Blanc

“Things are going well, we are already underway with day three.”

“Day 1 – Les Houches to refuge bonhomme les croix 30km with over 2000m of ascent.  Much to the delight of those staying in the refuge we bivvied our waking up to ice on the outside but fantastic views over the alps and our onward journey.”  

“Day 2 to refugio elisabetta a slightly shorter 20km day crossing the border into Italy the views have improved dramatically as has the weather: 

” Day 3 we have split the team to speed up progress due to one of the team aggravating an existing injury… the bulk of the team will bivvy overnight at Refugio binatti a plan is being formulated for the other two but we will rejoin them in the next 36 hours.” 

Jamie

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