Exploring the alps

So we’re in Chamonix in the Alps. It’s been an awesome ride to get here and it’s so great to catch up with an old friend, and to have running hot water. Jay and jules lent us some gear so we could walk up to a refuge 2700m high left of mint blanc to camp beside a glacier. We set off in the morning and got a lift to the start of the walk with jules.

First station

First station

There is the option to get a ski lift up the first section but that would be cheating. The walk up was fantastic with stunning views and we also met a Northern Irish group hiking up to traverse across the glacier.

Lunch views

Lunch views

 

The leader told us where we could camp up there as there is no grass.

 

Campsite

Campsite

We arrived earlier than expected so we. Set up camp and left the heavy bad behind to scramble around on the glacier and rocks.they have to bring everything up to the restaurant/refuge by helicopter. Here it is after dropping off some barrels of gas and bringing some stuff away.

Restaurant transport

Restaurant transport

 

after dinner we sat up to watch the sun set and as the big black clouds rolled in we thought it best to climb in the tent. Luckily the storm didn’t hit us and we had a lovely calm night. We got up at six as to get down off the mountain before the promised rain came in at around lunch time.

Early start

Early start

we took a different route down which was really steep because it was on top of a ridge that descended pretty quickly. Because of cycling for a week with no day off, the mountain bike ride and the walk our legs were pretty beat. Then the harsh down hill our legs are now beat ┬áso much it hurts to stand. So now we’re taking it easy for a few days to recover.

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