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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
2017-10-30_La-Jonction
2017-10-30_La-Jonction
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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
2017-10-21_Lac-Blanc
2017-10-21_Lac-Blanc
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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!
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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
2017-10-18_Lacs de Jovets
2017-10-18_Lacs de Jovets
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#MontJoly well deserves its name! This majestic pyramidal peak is located in the valley of "Les Contamines Montjoie" in front of the Mont Blanc range. It gives us another point of view to appreciate the glacier of Miage and three famous peaks leading to the Mont Blanc: Dôme de Miage, Aiguille de Bionnassay and Dôme du Goûter.

I started this hike from "Notre Dame de la Gorge" located at the end of the valley. The path to reach the ski resort of les Contamines goes uphill in the shade of the forrest: perfect to warm up as the following is hard.

You'll be exposed Southeast all the way up to Mont Joly and you have a lot of elevation gain to start with...it gets very hot here! Moreover Horseflies are really annoying...I recommend you to wear a pair of pants, doesn't matter how hot it feels!

Once on the crest, you can enjoy an epic scenery with the Mont Blanc range on one side, and the Aravis range on the other side while you're looking at the Fiz Rocks in front of you.

After a nice lunch break at Mont Joly, turn around and walk towards the Aiguille Croche following the crest. It is a very nice walk, perfect to digest your meal!

Once at the Aiguille Croche, you'll start feeling this hike quite long... good news, there is only 200m elevation gain left to reach the "Col de la Fenêtre" : a very tiny pass! If you need to refill your water tank, have a coffee at the Restaurant of Col du Joly :')

You don't have a long way to walk to go to the Col de la fenêtre so stay brave! From there, there is only one way down back to Notre Dame de la Gorge and the car park. This section reminded me last year, when I did the Tour du Mont Blanc with 2 of my best mates. Going down feels nice at the beginning but you'll be happy when it gets flatter on the old Roman Road, looking at the canyons and waterfalls! Such a good way to release the pain from this hike!
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#Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval : Here comes a big hike: 28KM and 2400m elevation gain/loss. I'm glad I haven't done this one alone this time! My housemate Jorick was keen to join me and together we started from the Cirque de Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval car park. During the summer, you'll have to pay the car park entrance 4€ and it is wise doing it.

First place to reach: Le Chalet du Boret. I recommand you start early because the track is South exposed in the rocks, and it gets really hot and humide with the waterfalls surrounding you.

Your climb continues to Le Refuge de Vogealle but doesn't stop here. You can have a quick break to refill your water tank but there is still a fair way to go. At the next intersection go left following "col des Chambres" direction. From here, it's getting more risky and aerial sometimes. The Col des Chambres will be on your right after crossing a no man's land. I wouldn't stop yet for lunch as there is a better spot above the Lac des Chambres for it. At this point you've done a third of this hike.

After a well deserve break, continue to the Refuge de La Folly to refill your tank if needed. The final climb to "La combe au puaires" is long but regular. The view towards the Lac de la Vogealle is spectacular, with those 3000m dark and white cliffs and glacier at the baground, contrasting with the pure lake.

If you feel tired, I assure you it's normal. But there is still a looonnnng way down before you reach the car park! When you are back at "Refuge de la Vogealle", there is a well hidden trail that goes East and leads you to a stone couloir. The track is hard to spot, you may have to find your own way so don't take big risk. IGN map scaled at 1:25000 is not an option.
This track will take you to "Le Bout du monde" (which means "at the world end"...fair enough!). The scenery here is similar to The Lord of the Rings and it's with this representation in mind we went back to the car, 7hours later!
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This hike is short (less than 20km) but really spectacular and physical. The loop starts from the village "La Gruvaz", just before "les Contamines Montjoie". You start on the road before getting into the forrest. From here, it is steep for a little while before evolving along the hillside path towards "chalets de Miage d'en bas". After this warm up, things are getting more serious to reach "le col du Tricot". This part may seem endless but worth the journey. Once at the top, turn right and follow the hillside path. there is no direction given but it iseasy to spot it. There is a tiny "stone arch" visible indicating you the right direction. From here and untill the " #Refuge Plan Glacier", it is amazing: the scenery, the engagement, several handrails, huge boulders... and you are here between the crest of the mountain range and the void. The flora changes depending the sun exposure making the landscape always new.

At the end of the moraine of the glacier, you will spot the tiny refuge almost hanging at the cliff! I couldn't believe we built something here. Enjoy the scenery as much as you would like before coming down by the path on the other side of the valley, a steep and slippery and curvy trail that leads you to "Miage d'en Haut".
Once here, you just have to follow the dirt track to the car park.

Enjoy!
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Romain got some time off and suggested me to go on a hike 40min away from Chamonix toget to The #Môle. This hike starts from the church in Marignier center. In 4km on a slippery muddy track you reach the 1863m top, after an elevation gain of 1460m! It was quite intense but rewarding with a spectacular view toward the mountains from the Pass and from the summit.

Romain, as a #AirSportsChamonix paraglide instructor took is lightest paraglide to practice and to teach me at the top. However it was to foggy to have visibility and instead we took a big nap! ^^

On the way down, we followed a track that wasn't on his IGN Map but I had one on #OruxMaps. Its a shame for IGN card user because this track was awesome an fun to run down to Le Cheney! After this steep way down, we crossed the forrest to the East through many different trails (it's a big maze in here!) and got back to the car 5hours and 22min later.
2017_05-09_Le-Môle
2017_05-09_Le-Môle
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dernière rando hivernale pour constituer ma liste pour l'Accompagnateur Moyenne Montagne!!!
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