Author Topic: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017  (Read 3552 times)

IanyZen

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Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #30 on: 09:39:11, 31/07/17 »
Hi guys,
Tinypics are not allowing me to upload any photos at the mo -  It says my photos have been moved or deleted  :tickedoff:
They have not got back to me about the issue.  >:(
Does anyone know of another way to upload photos easily?
Ian
Good luck on your next adventure
Ian & Zen

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Re: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #31 on: 09:55:06, 31/07/17 »
It says my photos have been moved or deleted  :tickedoff:
I hate to be a grass but you may want to check your keyboard for paw prints Ian.
Over hill, over dale. Thorough brush, thorough brier....
I do wander every where

IanyZen

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Re: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #32 on: 17:48:02, 31/07/17 »
"It was my white hairs between the keys that gave me away.  :(   I just couldn't dig them out."
Zen  :P
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Ian & Zen

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Re: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #33 on: 21:59:58, 01/08/17 »
Tinypics are not allowing me to upload any photos at the mo -  It says my photos have been moved or deleted  :tickedoff:
They have not got back to me about the issue.  >:(
Does anyone know of another way to upload photos easily?
Ian

I've used Tinypic but have now gone over to Flickr.  I found it took a bit more getting used to but I've managed to upload my photos from it to the Walking Forum without difficulty   :)

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Re: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #34 on: 16:29:12, 02/08/17 »
I'm just trying out Flickr, I've managed to download a few photos but do you know if I can rearrange them from A to Z, at the moment they are all over the place.

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Re: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #35 on: 18:12:57, 02/08/17 »
I'm just trying out Flickr, I've managed to download a few photos but do you know if I can rearrange them from A to Z, at the moment they are all over the place.

You can put them into albums. I haven't tried it though!

IanyZen

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“Arrr . that was a a nice kip!  :)
Now,  where are we .  ."



Looking back into the Grand Desert  O0



 
The way ahead . . arrow points to Col des Roux




I’ve got these grid bridge sorted now . .] ;)


We whizzed past Cabane de Prafleuri onto the Col. Even though I was a little tired the disused quarry setting was not so appealing for camping – maybe I’ve been spoilt for tent door views.
In Ian I trust.  :angel: 

The Cabane also has a bad reputation for its food, comfort, showers/toilets and rudeness of manager. Which was back up later by Thomas (the Hungarian) and Israeli couple who stay this night.

I’m no geologist, but the variety of rocks & their colours has been amazing. The path up Col des Roux sparkled from the late afternoon sun with an abundance of quartz . .  all the way to the col, to reveal  . .




“I had to close my eyes, then look again to believe it . .
“Wow, top decision to continue onto a 4th Col Ian .  . now where are we kipping . .  in a hut ???
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Refuge Des Ecoulaies (2575m) was open “Yeah”,  :)  but not for dogs “Huh”   :'(


Indecision Ian – “Stay & camp or continue & hope for better at Refuge de la Gentiane la Barma, another self-catering hut 20mins downhill”

Neither us fancied walking anymore today & even less the idea of walking back if it was closed –
We camped. Ian cooked. We shared. We slept.  :P


"Today had been memorable, from an igloo to an Ibex with incredible views throughout.
Today had been emotional, from anticipation & awe, to frustration & fear, to courage & contentment.
Tomorrow, your turn Ian. " :) 
« Last Edit: 23:13:37, 02/08/17 by IanyZen »
Good luck on your next adventure
Ian & Zen

IanyZen

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Re: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #37 on: 23:25:31, 02/08/17 »
Day 6 (Chamonix – Zermatt) Sat 1st July: Refuge des Escoulais to Arolla via Col de Riedmatten
Ascent 695m / Descent 1289m  (8th day walking)
It rained during the night. It would take more than a wet tent to dampen our spirits. :)
A pinch to check I was not dreaming, and for Ian a punch for first day of the month . . I got a kick to get me up quick.  :D
A helicopter was coming to take away the Refuge’s rubbish 
“Don’t want them to get confused with your tent, Ian.” :-[
“I’m not the one that smells bad, Zen”
“Ha Ha ! You crease me up.”





Good luck on your next adventure
Ian & Zen

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Re: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #38 on: 13:42:44, 03/08/17 »
Really enjoying your report Zen  O0 Wonderful scenery you are a lucky doggie  :)
"Who would've thought...... you are light and darkness coming through" words by Tim Armstrong

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Re: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #39 on: 15:35:05, 03/08/17 »
Another great write up - and those views are spectacular!

gunwharfman

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Re: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #40 on: 20:29:48, 03/08/17 »
Yes, keep them coming!

IanyZen

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Day 6 (Chamonix – Zermatt) Sat 1st July: Refuge des Escoulais to Arolla via Col de Riedmatten
continues . . .
“Vamos Zen . . .”

As the helicopter came -





 
Val des Dix - 5 km lake

We had a short break at the open Refuge de la Gentiane la Barma. I chatted to a little dog – yes, you guessed it, dogs were allowed in the lovely warm, dry kitchen . . .

"Poor decision Ian - I’ll forgive you.
Let’s not forget, though - You promised me a hut stay!"  :P 

The gentle grassy slopes to the reservoir we’re filled with flowers – beautiful (though Ian's photos are no so)










& marmots screeching – annoying  :knuppel2: [size=78%][/size]





I couldn’t resist chasing them, to Ian’s dismay.
 
He’d yell at me to come back. Which I chose to ignore – selective hearing – one of my many talents.  :D


Ian planned to have lunch at Cabane des Dix (2928)

Ian couldn't get lost with signs like these, could he?  ::)


Quite inventive with the white rock - Now I must find a red rock one.



This one almost hit him - ;D
 



After the junction we were graced with fluffy white snowflakes which got heavier as were climbed to the saddle of Tęte-Noir – The Matterhorn would have been visible on the ascent, from this angle - a different profile to Zermatt view – another day.



We descended on the only path from the saddle . .



“Zen, it’s not there! Cabane des Dix, I cannot see it”   :-X 


At the foot of the path on the valley floor we came to some snow – no footprints.  :-[


‘Where is it, Zen.  . . Where are we?” :(


I could sense Ian’s anguish & despair. He could sense my disbelief – losing one’s way was one thing – losing a hut? 
This was not so cool.

“Patience”  - we wandered back up the path . .  through the mist & snow . .




 


Relief. :)
Ian ordered a rosti - "mmm, Ian, don’t forget me – take a doggy bag, pleaseeeeeee” O0 



Cabane des Dix with its beautiful wooden interior had some fascinating photos adorning the walls –



Either I waited outside in the snow or inside the smelly boot & wet sock & jacket room - neither option was particularly appealing.  :crazy2: 
Quite a few trekkers/climbers arrived offering sympathy & comfort, whilst adding to the aromas.
“What about the wet doggy smell, Zen?”   “Heavenly :smitten: 
« Last Edit: 11:00:56, 04/08/17 by IanyZen »
Good luck on your next adventure
Ian & Zen

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Re: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #42 on: 17:43:22, 04/08/17 »
Zen, your TRs really cheer up a dull day.  Looking forward to the next instalment!

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Re: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #43 on: 06:13:44, 05/08/17 »
Yes, a grand area around Dix and Mont Blanc du Cheilon.  I hope that it clears so that can view the area.  So good to have a dog that can sniff out the red and white flashes. :)
I await the next installment to find out about the ladder climbing abilities of the dog on the way to reach Arolla.

gunwharfman

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Re: Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt June/July 2017
« Reply #44 on: 17:06:01, 05/08/17 »
I've seen the main ladder on YouTube, looks fun!