Awesome Chamonix summer fun and hiking

Sunshine, blue skies, good friends and mountain scenery to enjoy. Flocks of parapenters floating around the valley above Chamonix as everyone escapes to the hills for hikes, bikes …or just to train for the UTMB ultra-race around Mont Blanc.

Ever popular parapenting over Chamonix Valley (Christopher Reeves)

Glorious walking weather around Bellevue and the Col de Voza with the Mont Blanc Tramway passing by en route to the glacier at the foot of Mont Blanc

First opened in 1907 the historic Mont Blanc Tramway (Christopher Reeves)

Mont Blanc Tramway

A short sharp shower to freshen the air and leave some dramatic clouds rising out of the valley, past the Aiguille de Midi telepherique

Clouds and mist rising after a storm in Chamonix valley (Christopher Reeves)

The dramatic Mer de Glace near the Montenvers station is a wonderful hiking starting point, although the dramatic receding glacier shows how much the climate has warmed …as you walk past the 1890 level near the station one can dismiss it at “a long time ago” but when the 2010 mark shows and there is another 20-30 meters drop, it does help focus the mind.

Looking over Mer de Glace from Montenvers (Christopher Reeves)

Mer de Glace from Montenvers

Looking across the Chamonix valley (Christopher Reeves)

Railway link from Chamonix to Mer de Glace (Christopher Reeves)

Montenvers railway

Around the streets of Chamonix the graffiti is typically inspired mountain / out-doors

Mountain style graffiti in Chamonix (Christopher Reeves)

Mountain graffiti Chamonix

…although the views of Mont Blanc from around the hills need no further graffiti other than the wonderful flushes of colourful flowers

Mont Blanc looking calm and deceptively easy to climb from Brevant (Christopher Reeves)

Floral Mont Blanc

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