It was always going to be a long day – 46k, more than 2000m of climbing and a guide book estimate of 14.5 hours of non stop walking. I was (overly) confident I could do it in much less.
On the bright side it was a stunning stunning day in the Alps! Total perfection. I set off at 6am filled with optimism for the day. And then I started climbing up the first ascent and all of the paths were like this
Then we met my other nemesis – snow. I am not a fan of snow! I go out of my way to avoid winter entirely and succeed most years. And I am ok with snow in the Alps – it makes the mountains look pretty – but am less thrilled with it when it covers the trail and markings and you haven’t the foggiest where to go. It’s ok if it is a small bit, but I encountered this monster around 10am, and did the only sensible thing a girl who is scared of heights could do – I crawled up the side of it on my hands and knees on the rock face – it’s steeper than it looks.
The day got better once I finally found an open cafe – at 11.30 am when I got my first coffee of the day and inhaled a huge croque Monsieur. I didn’t see many hikers apart from a large group of French strollers who were taking a day walk to Lac Vert with more gear than I have for 18 days, and the tutted at my lack of walking boots
The views were stunning and it was a wonderful days walk, in spite of the quad busting/knee crushing final descent into samoens. I was on my feet for a total of 10.5 hours with only a brief lunch stop – I was too scared to stop in case everything seized up. Am now lying on floor with legs in air trying to sort my calves out!
Ascent/descent = +2184m/-2466m
Times fell over = 3 (twice on butt and once on knees)
Times lost the trail = 4
Cake inhaled = none 🙁
Times wished I had taken a navigation course = 5
Time I remembered to put sunscreen on = 2pm
Fundsraised = £4864.66 🙂