Tour du Mont Blanc High Crossing

Posted on March 10, 2013. Filed under: France, Tour du Mont Blanc, Travel | Tags: , , , , |

 Travel - TMB view     Travel - TMB Bonhomme

The refuge of Bonhomme on the Tour du Mont Blanc is nothing to write home about.  It’s old and smelly, no way around that.  Hot water is at a premium and you will line up for your shower and pray it lasts until you get in there because every muscle aches and you don’t think you can take it if the water is frigid.  Since it is all a product of solar heating you know there is a real possibility of it going cold.  The food is bad.  You can’t believe the coffee is so weak it looks like tea.  Dinner is mishmash muck, but you eat it.  At breakfast you wait for the food while others are eating dry bread and honey until you realize that IS the breakfast.  This is a very dismal end and beginning to hard hiking days!

My night and morning here, though, were still glorious!  I had conquered a tricky high water crossing to get here.  A false step and I could have plummeted down the mountain.  Thankfully there is no algae on the rocks in the mountains so stepping into water and loose rocks is less treacherous than I expected.  The rocks are not slippery.  The view from the balcony is stunning.  In the morning ibex are running on the ridge above the refuge.  The air is so fresh it infuses every cell of your body with vitality.  This is the happiest place I have ever been!

Travel - TMB Bill          Travel - TMB High Cross

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