The sunny weather continues, for now, in Savoie or should I say Haute Savoie.? Driving from Albertville I crossed the “frontier” into Haute Savoie and into the land of “Reblochon” (the wonderful creamy cheese synonymous with the Aravis and an essential ingredient in the heart warming Tartiflette).? The sound of cow bells tinkling in the fields greeted us as we parked up.
A short walk on a path through the woods led up to the start.? This via ferrata does a rising traverse on the cliffs overlooking the Col des Aravis.? The views extend into the Beaufortain and we could make out the distinct shape of the Pierra Menta.? In the other direction we could see La Tournette above lac d’Annecy and Thones.
It was quite busy today and there were parties in front and behind.? Soon we were clear of the trees and with a great view out over the “alpages”.? A short steep wall as you leave a small “cave” and then soon after the footbridge; a classic picture of this via ferrata.? Time to take? some more pictures!? The route continues it’s traverse until right near the end where a choice is made between the “direct finish” and the more gentle finish.? The direct finish takes in a small but athletic overhang.? I climbed up and “installed” myself just above so that I could give a helping hand with the rope if necessary.? Andrew and Tom made it without problems and although the rope was clipped in neither required it’s assistance.
Soon we were at the top and getting out our picnic; charcuterie, fresh bread from the boulangerie in La Giettaz and some small cherry tomatoes from my garden.? The walk down starts off amongst small pines.? On the way down movement at my feet suddenly grabbed my attention.? It was a small viper, with it’s distinctive diamond/wedged shaped head, luckily it hadn’t bitten me or if it had tried it had got a mouthful of my La Sportiva boots!
Another great day.