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Ever since I was a small boy I knew one thing - I loved climbing.I grew up in semi-rural Yorkshire in the north of England surrounded by small gritstone cliffs from 3 to 20 metres high. It was a perfect climbing playground, and I loved exploring the rocks and scrambling around.
Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps at 4810m and one of the hardest aspects of climbing it is getting your acclimatisation right. In this blog post I will talk you through a strategy for acclimatising for Mont Blanc, as if you can acclimatise for Mont Blanc, then you can acclimatise for any peak in the Alps following a similar (if slightly lower altitude) strategy. Yes, it is true that people arrive in the Alps from sea-level, don't acclimatise, and get straight on 4000m peaks. Some of them do well. Many of them don't. A few of them get dangerously sick. My advice is to ignore these people and acclimatise properly. It isn't a chore, it involves some brilliant climbing, and it makes your chances of success and level of enjoyment sky-rocket on any bigger objectives you may have.
I give many lectures about my adventures in nature and the impressions of untouched wildness inspire not only the many interested people, but also inspire me again and again. However, the most common question I am always asked is, “What should I do in an encounter with wolves or bears?” The simplest and blanket answer to that is, “Do nothing.”