Posts tagged Vanoise
Day 5: Refuge de Péclet-Polset to Valfréjus

We were up bright and early! Refuge breakfasts are usually small and Péclet-Polset’s was no exception. Perhaps they do it so people don’t linger. Anyway, the day started with a climb to the highest point on the GR55, the 2796 m Col de Chavière. The last part of the climb was across snow fields and over boulders with some scree at the very end.

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Day 2: Refuge du Col du Palet to Refuge de la Leisse

This was probably the coldest, rainiest day on the entire GR5. During breakfast we could hardly see the Col du Palet. Usually we hike in shorts no matter the weather but that just wasn’t possible. So we wore longjohns under our shorts and rain trousers and gaiters over them. Plus gloves and rainjackets. After a short climb to the Col there was a boring descent into Val Claret, a ghastly ski resort. We waited there a bit to see if the weather cleared up and started hiking again once a nice big blue patch of sky appeared. Unfortunately this disappeared less than ten minutes later and we were once again hiking in the rain.

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Day 1: Nancroix to Refuge du Col du Palet

We woke up after spending our first night ever in our new lightweight tent. It’s still standing and there’s hardly any condensation (it’s a single-walled tent). So far, so good. When packing up our gear we quickly realised we may have brought too much stuff but in the end it all fit in our packs. The GR5 runs right past the campsite, so it’s onwards and upwards!

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