Woke up at about 6.45am at the toasty Bonatti. Didn’t want to wake up at all bc it was so comfortable. Breakfast was the best so far – Crispy bread with nice jams, coffee/tea/milk, cereal, cheese. All great. Then Maja, Eva, Laura and I left at 7.30am into great weather, descended for about 2 hrs and then up to Rifugio Elena which has just closed for the season. Great flat place for break though. I’d packed a picnic lunch from Bonatti and it was a pear, ham sandwich, chocolate and a sweet citrus cake. Had the pear and finished my water.
The hike up to Grand Col Ferret was nice. We took the hike at a really slow pace as the weather was so great. Blue skies and barely any clouds. Soon we reached the border at 2537m and arrived in Switzerland! The feeling was definitely different compared to the dramatic crossing into Italy few days ago. The weather was so fine today, really great and peaceful in fact. Laura and I found a lower spot to have our picnic lunch. It was so fantastic.
After lunch, it was all descend into La Fouly, arriving at about 5.40pm. Found the supermarket just before it closed at 6pm and bought some ham, cheese and bread for dinner/breakfast tomorrow. And I was still saying that I didn’t want any of that anymore lol. Well, the choices were really quite limited too, given that I don’t have cooking equipment with me.
We found Camping Des Glaciers and set up our tent. Had a nice long hot shower and made my sandwich. The fireplace at the common area was so nice. The 4 of us warmed our socks off.
I pulled my thigh muscle a little today after slipping on the ice a few times. Kind of hurts but I’m thinking it will be better tomorrow. Hope to get to Bovine or Col De la Forclaz tomorrow so that day 10 will be shorter. The weather tonight is cold. But not too bad for camping out.
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