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Backpacking Europe: The best shots I took while hiking The Alps

Dumfounded by the beauty of the Italian Alps

Dumfounded by the beauty of the surrounding Italian Alps

I just returned from a 10 day, 85 mile, three country hike around Mont Blanc. I’ll publish a full report of the epic G Adventures expedition to my column next month. Until then, I hope you enjoy these photos I took: 

Chamonix, France — the start and end point of the Tour De Mont Blanc

Chamonix, France — the start and end point of the Tour De Mont Blanc

Running through a field of French wildflowers

Running through a field of French wildflowers

A French Shepard overlooks his flock as we head towards the French/Italian border

A French Shepard overlooks his flock as we head towards the French/Italian border

My buddy Wesley hiking his way into France

My buddy Wesley hiking his way into France from those trails you see down below

Doing my best Maria von Trapp impersonation

Doing my best Maria von Trapp impersonation

Me overlooking the city of Courmayeur, Italy

Me overlooking the city of Courmayeur, Italy

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The Italian side of the Alps is the most picturesque

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Looking back towards France from whence I came; most days we hiked 6-12 hours

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Breaking for lunch in Italy

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Wesley overlooking the Italian Alps from the top of Mont Blanc

View from the top of Mont Blanc by way of the Skyway tram

View from the top of Mont Blanc by way of the Skyway tram

Hiking through the streets of Courmayeur, Italy with my party of 12

Hiking through the streets of Courmayeur, Italy with my party of 12

We slid down into snowy Italy

We slid down into snowy Italy

At the Italian-Swiss border about to descend into Heidi Land

At the Italian-Swiss border about to descend into Heidi Land

Descending into Switzerland on a cold foggy day

Descending into Switzerland on a cold, foggy, and slippery day

Smiling after getting lost in the Swiss Alps

Smiling after getting lost in the Swiss Alps

Beautiful day in the Swiss valley of the Alps

Beautiful day in the Swiss valley of the Alps

My first image of Swiss Architecture, not unlike something you might find in Germany

My first image of Swiss Architecture, not unlike something you might find in Germany

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Breaking for lunch after a second day of hiking the Swiss Alps

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Swiss wildflowers with the alps in the background

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A cross erected in 1993 overlooks the Swiss Alps

 

Upon returning to France, we crossed this border marker—S for Switzerland, F for France

Upon returning to France, we crossed this border marker—S for Switzerland, F for France

All told, this remarkable, strenuous, and rewarding trip easily makes my top 5.