A challenging Day. Our MOST challenging day to date. Left in Ok weather. Started to rain. At 2 hrs in a serious front came through and it started to lightly hail. As we climbed to over 2000m it turned to snow. We then climbed along a high mountain ridge for 4 hrs with steep drops either side and wind and snow. It was slippery and rocky and challenging to climb at times with tricky manoeuvres that required Ottley hand and foot holds. In fact it was mostly tricky! Especially when my fingers weren't feeling anything. I tried to hold on with the Palm of my hand as I could feel that. After every peak we thought we would descend and there was another peak to climb. Three passes, all over 2000m. We were freezing. Couldn't feel our hands. Except Sandra. Couldn't feel my walking poles that I needed to keep balanced. Many boulder fields to cross. I hate them in the dry. Let alone with slippery snow. As we finally descended, the falling snow turned to sleet. Finally the Refuge was in sight. At 2185m. A scary day.
Many people in the Refuge. They had mostly come for the weekend from a point in the local valley. Hardly anywhere to dry clothes. Soaked boots surrounded the wood heater
Finished with wine and a game of cards and felt in better spirits.
Time 6 hrs
Elevation Gain for the day 1000 Descent 600
High Point Crête des Isards 2381m
Accommodation Refuge de Rulhe. We had a room to ourselves with 4 beds. ( 2 bunks)
Lunch picnic in refuge on arrival
Dinner veg soup. Meat stew and rice. Apple compote, cheese, GF bread!!
€56 incl picnic and wine
Snow rain hail fog and freezing.
Getting through without anyone hurting themselves. Sandra did an amazing job of leading us
The guardian from last Refuge called our Refuge to see if we had made it!!
Terry was ill with a fever and nausea for the first 3 hrs. Then it passed what a challenge for her
My finger tips still felt tingly and somewhat numb even as I went to bed
No lights in the bedrooms bathrooms or spiral staircase to the bedrooms !