Tour de Mt Blanc 4
Jan 27, 2013Public
Photo: After an almost sleepless night in the dorm, we rise with the sun as it floods Mt Blanc with glorious light.
Photo: Directly across from the Rifugio, Les Grandes Jorasses also catch first light.
Photo: After breakfast, people start moving.
Photo: Today we head to Switzerland!
Photo: We'll descend all the way to the stream, then climb back up and cross the pass into the Swiss Val Ferret.
Photo: At 12 miles, with a 3,000-ft climb and a 4,500-ft descent, it will be one of our longer days.
Photo: Puddles are frozen ...
Photo: ... a fierce wind blows ...
Photo: ... and the landscape does little to warm the heart.
Photo: At Rifugio Elena (closed for the season) hikers shelter from the biting wind.
Photo: At least the sky is blue.
Photo: Mt Dolent (12,542 ft.) is the meeting point of Italy, Switzerland, and France.
Photo: We made it! Col de Ferret, 8,323 ft.
Photo: Switzerland at last ...
Photo: It's all downhill from here.
Photo: Furthermore ...
Photo: ... the wind has stopped!
Photo: What are those Swiss flags?
Photo: A farmhouse that  ...
Photo: ... serves apple pie to hikers.
Photo: They even have an authentic yurt, should you want to spend the night.
Photo: Soon we encounter road ...