Had a late start and then did the usual climb up to the top of the Pass. Took a little over 4.5 hrs with some very steep sections but the path was always nice (often rocky) and the scenery lovely. Especially with the low clouds drifting through and changing what we could see.
Stopped at some hot spring pools and dipped our hands in but as it was spitting with rain there was no incentive to immerse ourselves. And no desire to make our towels wet! Higher up we stopped for a snack then went over a ridge and there was a beautiful lake below us. Looked like it was formed from a volcano crater and was surrounded by Boulder fields. At the top of the Pass we saw a guy coming in the other direction. Chatted for awhile and then descended quickly to the Refuge that we could see further down, as the clouds momentarily parted.
My fingertips still haven't regained all feeling from when they were frozen 3 days ago!
Lovely English couple, Lesley and Roger joined us for dinner
Elevation Gain for the day 1300m descent 300m
High Point for Day. Porteille des Bésines 2333m
Accommodation Refuge des Besines
Bfast. My teff 'porridge' to which I added hot chocolate powder. Yum. And some of my rice cakes and jam
Lunch. 2 rice cakes ,omelette , 2 types of cheese, little tomato , Apple compote , orange
Dinner lentil soup, sausages and peas and onion,cheese, custard pudding
Hot showers were €3 for 4 minutes. Using a token. Timing started from when the token was dropped into the machine ...which was OUTSIDE the shower cabin. Ha ha ha.
Wine ,picnic, dinner bed and breakfast and shower €56 including alpine club discount for Sandra and I
Rain on and off all day, with brief moments of sunshine to give us hope. But it wasn't cold.
A beautiful path with decent ways through all of the boulder fields
Lost the tip of one of my walking poles somewhere along the way so can no longer use it
Sandra kindly gave me one of hers for the last descent as I am so dependent on my poles for descending. Climbing with one pole only was so much harder.