Markers on the Tour du Mont Blanc

Posted on May 18, 2013. Filed under: France, Italy, Switzerland, Tour du Mont Blanc, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Travel - TMB Markers 1When you begin hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc you will be looking for trailmarkers because you want to make sure you don’t get lost.  There are a lot of different trails in this region and it would be possible to get onto the wrong path if you aren’t careful.  You get really good at spotting them, though.  And you will begin to relax about it pretty quickly because just when you begin to wonder if you have the right way a marker seems to magically appear.

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The markers take different forms along the way as each of the countries has to assert its own way of doing it, it seems.  But once you get into a new country and get used to the way it is done there you are all set.  Often TMB is the magic set of letters you are looking for.

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The last picture below gives you an idea of how many different trails are around.  Some share the same ground for awhile and then branch off.  There will be bikers who come flying by sometimes, but I don’t think they are allowed on all sections of the trail.  The best part about the sign markers like below is that they will often list hours for the next section.  This we found to be very accurate and helpful.  Distance becomes almost irrelevant in the mountains because climbing and descending will definitely slow you down, so time estimates are much more interesting!!

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Very rarely we needed the map to try to discern the way, but the sign markers took care of us mostly.  The eyes get good at spotting the little paintings on the rocks!

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