Another Day in the Hills-Etang D’Aube

Autumn is here, we had our first frost this am. So getting up this morning was a chilly affair!!! We made packed lunches and had some brekky before heading off to above Guzet which is the ski area closest to us.

Lee who is our fantastic source of local knowledge on where to go and what to do had come up trumps with this explore.

We drove above Guzet along a 4×4 track to Gerca which is at about 1800m so meant we had already gained a lot of height in Vinnie.

We then headed off to Col de Serron. Lee had given us an alternative way to get there which we missed some how and after scrambling/climbing for 30 mins decided to about turn and go up via Etang D’Aube to the Col de Serron. It was a lot of boulder hopping gradually climbing up to the lake and it was gorgeous. We sat by the lake and had some fruit and enjoyed the views. We had the place to ourselves fantastic. That is one of the huge differences between here and Chamonix. If this had been a walk in Chamonix we would have seen hundreds of people.

A steep 50 minute climb/boulder hop up to the col where we had amazing views towards the Spanish border and lots of the other valleys nearby which we have now explored. Gradually we are piecing bits and pieces together.

Lunch at the top in hot sunshine before s steep ish walk back down to the Turghilla Valley. A stop for some bilberries on the way and then we just enjoyed the walk down the valley seeing all the lakes. A few ladders and cables to get us over a section before heading back to the van. TOP day out. Thanks a million Lee.

 

Back to the barn, washing up showers etc before we tried to attach the stairs so we could access the toilet!!!

A bit fiddly and half in place the rest we will do tomorrow.

Delicious beef casserole and polenta for supps. Then reading. Nearly finished my book which will probably mean I get a lot more done!!!

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