Sunday, 11 July 2010

Day 4 – Verbier to Cabane de Louvie


Hot. What a shock. 35c in the valley, cooler at 2000m where most of day was spent.


View back to Alp Bovine and Champex


About an hour in, edge of the Grand Combins

Very tough day - climb from Verbier to Col de Termin was very variable conditions - and very tough. Crossed number of snowfields and scree slopes on the way - each about 200-300m across and about 25-30 degrees slope.



Stunning view of the Grand Combins through the day - a different angle every 15 minutes brought a different take on their majesty and scale. The evolving view was a rich reward for the altitude and climb.


Lost footing in the snow a few times, nothing major but snow much deeper than expected for the time of year - needs a few more weeks before it clears.

Made Col de Termin in quite poor time (~3hrs) and then a fast 1hr 20 nins down to Cabane de Louvie on a fast mountain path. Lovely walk alongside the cool lake and 17th century stone cattle barns. Cooled down quickly but heat is causing very high water consumption - 4-5litres per day.



Cabane de Louvie very picturesque and a great view across to the Grand Combins. Very high standard - very clean dortoirs and good food - with generous portions. Useful endless water supplies (given the large lake, this was not surprising) - and all drinkable. Shower available.



This is not the cabane but an emergency refuge…

Had a good chat with a Valais couple – who mistook my pronunciation of "Anglais" for "Hongrais" - Hungarian – which lead to a confusing conversation....


Views from by the Cabane:



Distance: 12-14km of mountain path
Altitide gained: 1300m
Altitude lost: 700m
(note is a private cabane so no SAC discount)

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