Thursday, 16 October 2008

Tre-les-Eaux & Cheval Blanc 21st & 22nd August









After a restful, rainy day, we were off again with Daniel and Bryony for our second two day trip.
We chose to take the train to Le Buet so that we could escape the crowds and explore the area around Vallorcine and Emosson.
Our trek took us up the Tre-les-Eaux valley on good paths with some short scrambly sections with cables and chains where appropriate. The valley opened up as we went higher and by late afternoon we were at the Col des Corbeaux, planning our camp for the night and encountering a family of very curious bouquetin. These are strange beasts which seem to be a bit of a mix of horse, deer and goat!
We found a beautiful spot to lay out our sleeping mats and bivvi bags and after a hot drink, we set off to explore some more with a climb up the steep, grey scree slope to the summit of Cheval Blanc (2831m).
After a peaceful night with no disturbances from the bouquetins family, we trekked back over the Col de la Terrasse and down to the Refuge de Loriaz and back to Vallorcine.
See Ron's video clip of the bouquetins here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7MdrbIQp3g

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