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Jul 16, 2009 - Mont Blanc, the Alps

Mont Blanc as the French call it and Monte Bianco in Italian is one of the higher peaks in the Alps and sits on the boarder between Italy and France. The Swiss boarder is not far away. A tram takes us from the base of Mont Blanc in Courmayeur, to a observation deck at about 12,000 feet. The peak itself is about 14,000 feet. The tram is an interesting one, as it is a series of five separate cables, each with a smaller gondola. The first holds about 32, the next about 24, then 8 and the middle one holds only two at a time. Then the last two...

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