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Trip Report Rambling in the Alps

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Edgecrusher, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Edgecrusher

    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm just about to nick out the door, but I'll use one as an example today and report back :thumbs:
     
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    ok go with
    Pardon je suis un touriste australien...pouvez-vous m’aider s’il vous plaît ? et je m’ très malade français...
     
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    Est-ce-que vous pourriez m'aider s'il vous plait, je m'excuse mais je ne parle qu'n petit peu de francais.
     
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    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just enjoying my panini at Lognan, made it to Lac Blanc and Lacs de Cheserys. It was awesome. About to check out Point de Vue.
     
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    Pics tonight!
     
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    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Here's one in advance from this arvo
     
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    Here's what that looks like in winter:

     
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    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Those cliffs either side are enormous. I climbed up the slope for a little and it's a genuine no fall zone - you'll plunge about 150 metres down. Bloody impressive at that range, it's enormous.
     
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    Lac Blanc Refuge and the Lac living up to its name


    The day started off in very thick cloud at Flegere. I caught one of the first cars up at 9 with only four onboard.
     
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    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    For @GS I left Flegere at 9:15 and reached the Refuge at 10:50. Signage and guide books suggest 1:45. There were a number of snowfields to cross and a little routefinding which cost me around ten. At one point I came across a snowfield and the only people I saw on the trail before the hut: a French couple who couldn't find the trail. The male, in his 50's explained in French that there was too much snow and he couldn't find the trail. I nodded politely and smiled. I didn't ask if he spoke my language, and there was no handing over of a Vegemite sandwich. I went ahead myself, crossed the 30m of snow, picked up the trail myself, and marched on. At one point I had a pair of (I think they were) Ibex looking down at me from up on high (the French call them bouquetin?).

     
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    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    At times the cloud lifted to reveal the other side of the valley and some not too shabby views
    The cloud was lifting down the Le Tour end of the valley making for great distant views into Switzerland beyond

     
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    I sat down for morning tea in the sun at Lac Blanc, the Refuge being closed. I was quickly joined by an English speaking young couple, the guy wearing a t shirt and shorts, the girl a t shirt and leggings. It was fresh too. Thereafter as I downed my Snickers, a group of well equipped hikers joined us. I made my way down the steep steps and across the many snowy slopes toward the Lacs des Cheserys, which lay below me all aqua blue. There's an old iron ladder which was half buried under around 2m of snow. Eventually I made it down to check out the lakes. There were a number of folks coming up toward the Refuge. I'd left at 11:10 and decided to go back to Flegere and made it back by 1:05. I spoke with a young English trail runner for a chat and then a pair of guys I'd sat opposite on the bus and caught the Telepherique up with. We had a good chat, one of them was Belgian, the other from Strasbourg. After getting down, it was onto the bus to Argentiere and up to Lognan. The anticipated 2 hour return trip to Point de Vue was more like 1:45. I missed the bus back by 30 seconds then bumped into some Aussie blokes who seemed lost. Anyway, after leaving Lognan at 4:30, I was home by 6:30.
    I'm sitting here enjoying a pizza and a pint of beer, looking up at the Aiguille du Midi and the spur that goes up to La Jonction. That might be tomorrow's destination.
    I'd post more pics but it takes a lot of time on the wifi here.
     
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    We appreciate your efforts..looks great
     
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    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cheers mate. So long as you guys are happy to keep reading, I'll keep posting a daily trip report.
     
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    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    The entire valley and Ranges are cloud free this morning. I'm heading up to La Jonction to hopefully get some great views up to the Midi and Mont Blanc.
    Yesterday was incredible but today might be even better.
     
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    I like this pic, almost as if nature is teasing us by only revealing a little of her wonders;

    [​IMG]
     
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    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    The camera doesn't do it justice. I was walking up the final slope to Flegere yesterday and above the crest loomed the Grandes Jorasses with all its detail on that wicked north face, all huge and imposing. Because it's set back like that it kinda looks mysterious and sinister, with the Dente de Geant at the end.
     
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    Of note yesterday were skiers and boarders riding off Grand Montets. A boarder went up in shorts.
     
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    Rarely does, but from my desk on the other side of the planet, it looks pretty bloody good! :)
     
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    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Awesome!!
    I'm keen to have a look up there too. Probably too unfit ATM tho. Hmmm

    Yeah I think the traverse from flegere to lac blanc (and on) is the best view in the valley - staring up the two big glacier valleys.
     
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    If you walk all the way to the end of the trail and down to Col Montets you get views beyond into Switzerland and of the Emosson dam. I did it last time after hiking up to Flegere. There's views on the big Le Tour Glacier as well. Superb hike for a full day.

    I haven't posted the pics after leaving Lac Blanc, but the cloud lifted and revealed the entire Massif.
     
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    Some of my best pics have been in the Flegere/Lac Blanc area
     
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    Cracking.
    Yeah I did the balconey traverse from flegere to some coulior down to the col du montets years ago. Just an endless gobfull of scenery.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Xk1z6iZfGpE8w9k67
     
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    Boardshorts, I assume?
     
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    *whatyoudidthere.gif*
     
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    Yes please and the pics are just great.
     
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    5 packs of Snickers over here are around €2.50. I grabbed 2 packs and 1 x Bounty. I'm just shovelling in calories to give me sufficient energy to go 8+ hours
     
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    Correction, it's 6 for €1.95. I've just been and bought more.
     
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    This right here, this is the bastard snowy slope that stopped me from getting right to the top today. It was only about 30 degrees I'd suggest, but it went right down to a cliff where the Bossons Glacier was tumbling below. At this stage I'd estimate I was around 2,400m asl with about 195m to climb. I was certainly well above the mid station at Plan de l'Aiguille as I was looking right down at it and it's at 2,312. It was 12:20 and I'd been climbing since 9:30 from 1,400 asl. Others ahead of me without poles had negotiated it but the slope had been baking in the sun and I just wasn't prepared to take that risk. I accepted that today the mountain beat me but I'd given it a good shot. Today's trek was seriously exposed in places and hairy at times with serious drops and at one stage the track had only been recently recut and was loose dirt about 20cms wide. It was a hot day in the baking sun and no wind, even up high, so thankfully the bottom 2/3rds was among the tall pines. The views though, being so close to the glaciers and high peaks, well, if the altitude didn't take your breath away the proximity to these Alpine Giants definitely did.
     
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    LOL
    There were folks in sneakers and some in jeans trying to climb up to Lac Blanc via the way I descended yesterday. Utter madness.
     
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    This morning I left the hotel at 8:35 and walked the 2.5kms to the bottom of the Les Bossons chair. The Massif was free of cloud, unusually
    Up on the chair I went, through the forest and past the old ski jump. It deposits you at a small chalet cafe at 1400 asl. I arrived up there at 9:15, and after a look at the terminal face of the Bossons Glacier, I started the long hike up at 9:30.


     
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    The path quickly ascends via an almost never ending series of zig zags through the forest, which is particularly lush but on a day with no wind and blazing sun, it was nice to be in the shade. A chopper was working at the top of the Midi well overhead.
    Occasionally there are great views through the trees to the valley below and the other side of the valley and beyond to the Aravis range and more distant ranges to the south. Despite being a strenuous hike, it was tranquil with chirping birds but there's the chopper drone above and up the valley and the endless traffic noise off down below moving up and down the Autoroute Blanche.

    I made it to Chalet Des Pyramides by 10:55.
     
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    Fantastic mate
    Love it.
     
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    Beautiful pics Edge.
     
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    From time to time I have been known to use this little gem,
    Parlez vous Australien?? Gets at least a grin everytime ;)

    P.S. Enjoying the TR :thumbs:
     
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    Cheers mate

    I bumped into an Aussie bloke just above the Chalet Des Pyramides yesterday and had a chat. The track up from there for around half an hour was brutal - hardest of my hikes so far.
     
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    It also lets the locals know you are NOT English, which in that part of the world can be a good thing ;)
     
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    I caught the bus at 8:30 with Le Tour at the end of the valley the destination

    There were some young American college guys on the bus and they appeared quite lost, their clothes giving them away as being from the States (think Penn State attire and other college branded wear). They looked decked out for a week's worth of hiking in the Vic Alps, not over here. I asked them where they were going and they said Les Houches to hike the TMB. I said "guys you're going the wrong way going up the valley instead of down." I told them to get off this bus at the end of the line like me and catch the next one down. I'd asked them if they'd read up on the conditions, some of the higher cols still holding a lot of snow, and they'd done nothing of the sort. The innocence of youth I guess.

    I then had to wait 20 minutes to catch the next bus up to Le Tour by 9:45 and onto the Telecabine at 10, and then up the Autannes quad depositing me at 2200 asl at 10:25. My intention was to look at the path up to Albert Premier Refuge. However the first section was covered in snow with a steep drop off and I said no and turned around back to the top of the chair and decided to head towards Col de Balme.
     
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    It was 1045 by the time I started off. Past the cabin at the Col I went, and then towards Tete de Balme, where two chairlifts meet, including one that comes up from Vallorcine. There are two small points to hike up to which made for amazing views down into the Rhone valley and the distant Swiss Alps, and over to the Emosson Dam, which still had plenty of ice floating in it and around its shoreline. The views over the Aiguilles Rouges, Mont Buet, and the Mont Blanc Massif were absurd.

    Tete de Balme is on the border with Switzerland, and there's the slightly higher Pointe D'Arrolette beyond it, sitting at 2330 asl, which I reached by 1145.

    Above around 2000m today a steady breeze made things comfortable, but lower down it was hot and still.

    I then made my way down the slope towards Col de Posettes and past a lot of hikers making their way up. Another climb up of 300 vertical and I was at the Aiguilette Posettes by 1310. I made a hasty descent down to Le Tour by 1420, the signage suggesting a time of 1:45. I ran much of the way. Time for some lunch, and I found a great cafe that served me a beautiful cheese, ham, and salad baguette. I'dwanted to try the alternative path towards the Refuge which goes up via the moraine overlooking the Glacier du Tour, having eyed it from across the valley, and then departed Le Tour at 1520, and climbed the 370 vertical to the top the of Charamillon telecabine by 1605.

    After downing a well earned litre of Evian at the top after a hot day in the blazing sun, it was time to head back down before the telecabine stopped turning for the day, knowing the bus trip back would take over an hour. The cloud was rolling over the Massif from the Italian side, where I'm off to tomorrow for another 4 days of hiking. My legs will enjoy the rest. There's no chairlifts to gain altitude quickly over there, so there's going to be a lot of vertical attained the old fashioned way. I'm hoping the coffee and food more than make up for it, and the scenery of course.

     
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    Sounds like you need to hire some crampons and an axe...then practice your self arrests where these steep drifts block your way... ;)
     
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    Shoulda lent him mine!
     
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    Glad the weather has cleared, both for your viewing pleasure and ours! LOL
     
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    When you get off the bus and look up
     
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    I've skied down that :eek:
     
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    That thought did cross my mind - Brenva Glacier...bits of ice were crumbling down in the sun.
     
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    Great report and pics Edge :thumbs:
     
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    May as well just give them to him now you are the proud slave to a Poopy Pants?
     
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