At the start of August, Tanya and I took our summer holiday, and we spent a few days in Chamonix. Chamonix is a special place and still holds a mythical status in my mind. We caught the cablecar up to Planpraz and walked up to the Col du Lac Cornu.
|Mont Blanc and Planpraz.|
|Tanya the unstoppable!|
|Mythical summits: l’Aiguille Verte and Grand Dru.|
|Moody Mont Blanc massif.|
|Tanya and Mont Blanc.|
|A peek of the Mer de Glace.|
|What a trooper.|
|The weather got a bit moody as we got back to Planpraz.|
|The cable car to Le Brévent.|
We also took the little train to Montenvers to see the Mer de Glace. It was depressing because the glacier has melted terribly.
|The Mer de Glace.|
|The view up from Chamonix at sunset.|
On the way home we stopped into a favourite haunt in Valais – Val Ferret, just on the Swiss side of the Mont Blanc massif. Val Ferret has been the backdrop to many happy days in the mountains, whether it be walking in summer, autumn, or (early) winter, ski touring in the valley or to its edge to peer in, or on two avalanche safety courses. It was excellent just to spend an afternoon there soaking in the atmosphere of the big hills.