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Matt Millham, a Stars and Stripes reporter, navigates a torn out piece of trail during an overnight hiking trip in Chamonix, France.
Matt Millham, a Stars and Stripes reporter, navigates a torn out piece of trail during an overnight hiking trip in Chamonix, France. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
Matt Millham, a Stars and Stripes reporter, navigates a torn out piece of trail during an overnight hiking trip in Chamonix, France.
Matt Millham, a Stars and Stripes reporter, navigates a torn out piece of trail during an overnight hiking trip in Chamonix, France. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
A small piece of the Argentiere glacier near Chamonix, France, is seen through the valley it helped carve.
A small piece of the Argentiere glacier near Chamonix, France, is seen through the valley it helped carve. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
Matt Millham, a Stars and Stripes reporter, drinks from a mountain stream during an overnight hiking trip in Chamonix, France.
Matt Millham, a Stars and Stripes reporter, drinks from a mountain stream during an overnight hiking trip in Chamonix, France. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
An Alpine Ibex is silhouetted in the mountains above the Chamonix Valley, France.
An Alpine Ibex is silhouetted in the mountains above the Chamonix Valley, France. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
Two alpine Ibex guard the mountain trails above the Chamonix Valley, France.
Two alpine Ibex guard the mountain trails above the Chamonix Valley, France. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
The rounded peak of western Europe's tallest peak, Mont Blanc, is seen from a mountain trail above the Chamonix Valley, France.
The rounded peak of western Europe's tallest peak, Mont Blanc, is seen from a mountain trail above the Chamonix Valley, France. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
A mountain stream cascades above the Chamonix Valley, France.
A mountain stream cascades above the Chamonix Valley, France. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
A view of Aiguille du Chardonnet is seen from the trails above the Chamonix Valley, France.
A view of Aiguille du Chardonnet is seen from the trails above the Chamonix Valley, France. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
Matt Millham's, a Stars and Stripes reporter, headlight and lamp streak by a camping site in front of the Chalet des Cheserys along a piece of the Tour du Mont Blanc hiking trail above the Chamonix Valley, France.
Matt Millham's, a Stars and Stripes reporter, headlight and lamp streak by a camping site in front of the Chalet des Cheserys along a piece of the Tour du Mont Blanc hiking trail above the Chamonix Valley, France. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
An alpine Ibex and the Chalet des Cheserys are dwarfed by the Aguille Verte in the background. The Chamonix Valley sits below.
An alpine Ibex and the Chalet des Cheserys are dwarfed by the Aguille Verte in the background. The Chamonix Valley sits below. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
Joshua L. DeMotts, a Stars and Stripes photographer, photographs a man-made pile of rocks known as cairns along the Tour du Mont Blanc during an overnight hiking trip above the Chamonix Valley, France.
Joshua L. DeMotts, a Stars and Stripes photographer, photographs a man-made pile of rocks known as cairns along the Tour du Mont Blanc during an overnight hiking trip above the Chamonix Valley, France. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Chamonix, France, is home to Mount Blanc, the tallest peak in the Alps. Located about 500 kilometers south of Stuttgart, Germany, the Chamonix Valley offers beautiful hiking trails. But with elevations ranging between 6,000 and 8,000 feet, the trip is not for the faint of heart.

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