Indian summer in Chamonix

23 Oct

I arrived to Chamonix in a lovely sunny afternoon. Town was very busy and my first thought was to find a mountain cabin in the range of 4 hours walking. That was the daylight I had left. It is low season now and there was only Refuge du plan de l’Aiguille open. Due to indian summer together with weekend it was fully booked and my only option was to wait in the valley one night. On the other hand this gave m more time in the mountains. At the car park I met Francoise a fellow traveler from Holland. He shared bottle of wine with me and we put ingredients together for  nice dinner.

Early next morning I filled my backpack with food for me and Pepita so we have enough for two days. Chamonix alt. is 1035m and the cabin is at 2207m so that was lovely morning exercise  The trail took us through very steep forrest terrain. After about 3 hours pretty tired but finally there. The view was amazing down the town Chamonix and up magnificent peak of Aigulle du Midi (3842m), massive Glacier des Bossons and the top of Mont Blanc (4810m) hiding in the clouds. Weather was perfect, no wind and sunny. After hour of chillax we went to see Lac Bleu (Blue Lake) and when I seen ice on surface I changed my mind of a dip. Pepi was for it straight away, before she had first encounter with snow.

Then we continued hiking up to a warm sunny spot for lunch. After another rest we left the marked trail and just hiked towards the Glacier under Aigulle di Midi. We arrived to a point where you need climbing gear to continue so it was time to go back to the cabin. Soup, cheese and bread for dinner and I was sleeping like a baby.

Next morning we headed direction Glacier de le mer de Glace. It was a traversing route so it was very pleasant and weather also nice. We seen numerous groups of mountain goats and I also have some video footage. I would not noted them at beginning  but pepi was going super exited. Previous night I was reading about disappearing of the glaciers but only when you see it you realize the amount which is gone.

The glacier is still impressive bending through the valley. In the winter you can take the gondola to Aigulle du Midi and take 20 km freeride down to this glacier back to Chamonix.

We descended down to the glacier where is an ice cave to see. Off season it is closed and I didn’t have any ice climbing gear to get in. After back to Chamonix and time has come to head to Hossegor.

3 Responses to “Indian summer in Chamonix”

  1. Todd Lambert October 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Amazing shots as always and a great read. I’m a little jealous.

  2. Odris October 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Inspiring journey as i see. Try to make more photos.

  3. François October 25, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Hi Martin,

    Cool story bro! Nice blog too! Who knows, maybe we will meet again this coming winter. Keep in touch.


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