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Hiking the Chamonix Valley in the French Alps

CHAMONIX, France — Monday, our fifth and final day in the Alps, dawned crystal clear. This was what we had waited for, through a gray weekend, after turning back two days earlier on a rain-slick mountain slope.

On this day we would again try the Grand Balcon Nord trail, a breathtaking, 4-mile traverse beneath the Mont Blanc range and over Signal overlook, with panoramic views in every direction.

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