At Europe's Rooftop, the Aiguille du Midi

07/22/2016 07:36 pm ET Updated Jul 23, 2017

The My Way Alpine Europe tour I'm leading continues to brave new heights. Here in France, the Aiguille du Midi caps a rock needle high above the alpine resort of Chamonix and just across from Mont Blanc. At 12,602 feet above sea level, the air is thin, people are giddy, and even though the sun's out, it's still bitter cold in July. This video clip takes you there. (And tomorrow's clip takes us over the mountain by gondola into Italy.)

This is Day 63 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I'm reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Vienna, the Alps, the Low Countries, England, and beyond. Find more on my travel blog.