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Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) walking - July 2012 gear

Hi there,

I am doing the TMB this July (9th-19th).
I am looking for a compass, altimeter, thermometer, barometer and pedometer. Is there any all-in-one gadget having all this. Say like a watch or a GPS unit? Perhaps it is impossible to get all the features on a single gadget but even it has most of the requirements, I can consider purchasing it. Please let me know what I need to look for and where n Switzerland/Germany. Online purchasing is also an option.
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Re: Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) walking - July 2012 gear

If money wouldn't be an issue I would get Suunto Ambit myself. I think it has everything you listed plus a HR meter.
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Re: Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) walking - July 2012 gear

Thank you for that tip. Suunto Ambit does have a lot of features. Read reviews as well
I am still wondering if the battery would last for a 10-day trip (provided I turn off the features when not in use).
Would you know where I could purchase this in Switzerland. Suunto seems to have service centres in Kost, Mammut, SportsXX.
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Thank you for that tip. Suunto Ambit does have a lot of features. Read reviews as well
I am still wondering if the battery would last for a 10-day trip (provided I turn off the features when not in use).
Would you know where I could purchase this in Switzerland. Suunto seems to have service centres in Kost, Mammut, SportsXX.
I bought a Suunto altimeter online from Bächli Bergsport in Bern, it was delivered within two or three days. I have had it for four years, have only changed the battery once in that time.

It looks like the model you are looking for is in their catalogue.

The TMB is a fantastic tour, make sure you do some of the variants to avoid the bits where the official route just follows the valleys.
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Re: Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) walking - July 2012 gear

O! it is indeed nice to know your opinion on the TMB. We are going mid-July and hope the paths do not have snow that time. Will check the variants for sure

Yes I see the watch is available online at Baechli and Eiselin. I should get it from them. Meanwhile, I still did not get the battery life concept. It says 15hr on training mode and 50hr on outdoor mode. So then does it mean that the battery dies out after that? Must I buy then the charger as an accessory ?
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Meanwhile, I still did not get the battery life concept. It says 15hr on training mode and 50hr on outdoor mode. So then does it mean that the battery dies out after that? Must I buy then the charger as an accessory ?
I think the charger is included but the HR belt you would have to buy as an accessory. The 15h and 50h battery lives are with GPS tracking enabled but if you switch it off they promise 30 days. The difference between training and outdoor modes is just the frequency off the GPS fix.

And no, I'm not employed by Suunto, and don't even own the watch. Just saw their advert the other day and was impressed.
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Re: Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) walking - July 2012 gear

Hi

I am doing the TMB on 1-8 July clockwise starting from Champex near Martigny. Initially, I thought of camping all the way but because I am going alone and the rather heavier load, I changed my mind. Anyway, apart from the Cicerone guide I am not carrying anything and imho all the fancy gadgets are not required as such. Its a well marked route and getting a little lost is also part of the fun.

For those stuff, you might want to check Decathlon also. and if you have a current generation smartphone, some of it (without internet of course) may already be there...Good luck on your walk.

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Hi there,

I am doing the TMB this July (9th-19th).
I am looking for a compass, altimeter, thermometer, barometer and pedometer. Is there any all-in-one gadget having all this. Say like a watch or a GPS unit? Perhaps it is impossible to get all the features on a single gadget but even it has most of the requirements, I can consider purchasing it. Please let me know what I need to look for and where n Switzerland/Germany. Online purchasing is also an option.
Thank you

Dear all,

I did this trip and have uploaded some pictures here. It was indeed a wonderful experience. We had great weather overall, met many people and do certainly feel a sense of accomplishment

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...1&l=5125884efb
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