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Julien Diot
Accompagnateur Moyenne Montagne en préparation
Accompagnateur Moyenne Montagne en préparation
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The first time I discovered Champex was during the #TourduMontBlanc in June 2016. This tiny village and its wonderful lake caught our interest Romain, Julien and I. We had a great fondue after three exhausting days hiking.

16 months later, I came back here to climb the #Catogne : a wonderful summit I saw from the Tour Avoi in Verbier reaching 2598m.

When I saw the track with red dots on Orux Maps (my navigation app for Android), I knew it would be technical but seriously this is the most dangerous hike I've done in my life! I would not take anyone who's not super fit and 100% confident in her/his movements because if you miss only one step, you will go down by helicopter for sure.

The first part to the lookout at 2200m is very steep and slippery because of larch tree needles and pine cones, but the track gets really engaged after. Falling rocks, scree, narrow slippery track next to the void...you cannot do a single mistake on the way up and even more on the way down. I found it mentally exhausting and even with all my mind focused on my hostile environment, I scratched my left knee and some of my fingers where bleeding.

Nevertheless, some scratches were worth it: I saw many chamois and the 360° view incredible!
I did the return trip in 3h15, but if you want to take your time, allow at least 4hrs (as this hike is only for advanced hikers, it shouldn't take longer).


If it rain the day before or it isn't dry, don't go!
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The weather was looking good at the end of October. Therefore I left Chamonix three days to go exploring the Pennine Alps with my van. I didn't feel the need to go too far away as I don't know anything about the mountain ranges once passed the border.

One of my housemates told me a lot about this Verbier. She caught my curiosity and because it isn't too far away, it seemed to be a good idea.

Hikes under 2700m here are not really technical but some section are steep. Here is the kind of scenery you can expect with a rad day from the #PierreAvoi!

The loop I've done is about 19km for 1500m elevation gain and start at thé Périn Car Park. I do a first stop at the Castles ruins ( built in 1143) and continue towards the waterfall lookout. Then you just go on the crest and you follow it to the Pierre Avoi where it's nice having a lunch break while you can appreciate the 360° view. Then go down from the Pierre Avoi and continue your hike on the crest. Reaching the top of the "Tête Des Établons" is risky and a fall can be deadly. Only get there if you're 100% sure of what you do. Continue on the crest until the "Col des Mines" from where you go down. I followed a diagonal track that goes back to the Périn Car Park and it was fun to run!

Allow 6 hours if you don't use to hike in steep area.
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What another brillant Autumn hike today! Maria, a friend from Sevilla in Spain, came visit me and some friends in Chamonix. Foggy morning are always good sign of better weather higher, so I took her to La Jonction from the "Chalet du Glacier des Bossons". It got more difficult from 2200m when you go on the Northeast side of the crest where it is frozen and icy on the track. However Maria fought her deepest fears and made her way safely to the top and the bottom! She's not gonna forget this journey to #LaJonction !

12km, 7hrs with a good lunch break and moving safely on the ice, 1500m Elevation Gain/Loss
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It has been a while since my first time to the #Derochoir. However doing the full loop around the #rochersdesfiz is too long for today. Instead, I took Romain on a tour to the #coldelaportette at 2354m to go to the Desert de Platé. It snowed a week ago but as you can see there is still 15cm of compact snow on the north face. The way from the Dérochoir to Col de la Portette was tricky and I'm grateful for those 2 unknown hikers who did the snowtrack through the boulders.
After our late lunch and nap at the #chaletsdeplate, we went down towards les Égrats to reach Praz Coutant car park (where we've started). The way down is even more incredible than the Dérochoir but mind the rocks you could push on someone lower on the track.

1283m elevation in total
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The "Lac Blanc" is a famous altitude lake in the Aiguilles Rouges mountain range at 2352m. Always busy during summer (because the lifts are operating), autumn is a better season to get there. With my housemate Francesca, we started our hike from "le Pont de la Corruaz" (1093m) towards "La Trappe" chairlift. This is quite steep all the way but at least it's short distance. Once you can spot "La Chavanne Restaurant", go towards it and follow the 4wd track. Then the trail turn right at the shelter and this track will lead you all the way to Le Lac Blanc. On the way down you can either choose the same way or continuing to "Lacs des Chéserys" (a perfect camping spot by the way). At The intersection, turn right to go back to "La Chavanne" and then, go down the same way.

#lacblanc #aiguillesrouges
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RefugeDesConscrits is located in the Mont-Blanc mountain range at 2610m, above the right hand side of Tré-la-Tête glacier. This hike starts from "Notre Dame de la Gorge" car park in "Les Contamines Montjoie" valley. In total, this hike is 16-17km on technical trails and 1705m elevation gain/loss. Leave early at sunlight and allow 8 hours return to be comfortable. From the Tré-la-tête refuge, you are above the tree line and you can enjoy a scenery even nicer than in The Lord of the Rings.
However I would recommend this hike for advance/fit/confident hikers
If Peter Jackson had known about this place, he would have produced his movies here!
#RefugeDesConscrits
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RefugeDesConscrits is located in the Mont-Blanc mountain range at 2610m, above the right hand side of Tré-la-Tête glacier. This hike starts from "Notre Dame de la Gorge" car park in "Les Contamines Montjoie" valley. In total, this hike is 16-17km on technical trails and 1705m elevation gain/loss. Leave early at sunlight and allow 8 hours return to be comfortable. From the Tré-la-tête refuge, you are above the tree line and you can enjoy a scenery even nicer than in The Lord of the Rings.
However I would recommend this hike for advance/fit/confident hikers
If Peter Jackson had known about this place, he would have produced his movies here!
#RefugeDesConscrits
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Autumn is the most colorful season and it's the best to go hiking! From "Notre Dame de la Gorge" at the end of "Les Contamines Monjoie" Valley, take the Roman alley towards The Refuge de la Balme (1705m). Near the electric pylon on a small crest, you can either turn left before or after it. We chose to turn left once we passed this small crest to follow a smoother trail and to have a better lookout at the waterfall just before the Lake. Their is 1000m of regular elevation gain. Taking poles is a good idea to help you on your way up and to assist you downhill. #lacjovet
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