Hotel La Chaumiere
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... as is
our way we set off on what turned out to be a five hour walk to the top of a
mountain and back.
The first four kilometers was up what I will call the 37
corner path. The route was along an old road that wound its way through 37
corners up to the top of the cliff. From here we took an arbitrary turnoff and
ended up walking for another hour until we arrived in a little mountain village
called Les Granges. Here we stopped for a drink before heading down ...
... they took me away with sirens blasting...lol. A definite first for me. I haven't had the best night sleep and got up just before 7 after laying awake for ages, despite Richie's effort looking after me and making me a bed in the table area whilst he slept on the couch to give me room. He did eventually join me in the early hours as it got cold but after I had climbed over him to leave him to sleep longer I made him coffee in bed when he woke. After we was all up we went ...
... of vertical ladders and metal bridges set against the side of the mountain. After two days and hours of rock scrambling, we were ready for a different kind of adventure, so we chose the ladders. Wow! This way is not for those even remotely afraid of heights! First, we had to walk along a sheer cliff a tiny ledge making our way safe by holding a metal chain anchored into the rock. One wrong step,or slip could send you over the ...
... breath)! Found a shady spot next to / under a big boulder and munched happily on our baguettes while looking out over the glacier.
Mitch then sped off on a run back down the trail with plans to continue along another stretch of the grand balcons hiking trails, while I made my way down slowly with back pack and walking poles. Mitch quite out of breath at the end of his run (lots of uphill at the end) – so both quite happy ...
... the shops in Chamonix. Mitch used the time to update the blog, while I just sighed heavily, and finally pulled out my walking map and guide to plan a hike for the next day (Mitch confident that the weather would be fine again). Finally decided to go for a drive to see if it was clearer anywhere else, and to get some food to cook ourselves for that night. As Mitch said – took us a bit of a trek and multiple attempts before finally hitting the jackpot – a ...