We woke up to clear sky’s and great view of the mountains! After breakfast at our campsite, and catching up on some emails, we caught the train to Chamonix. We then walked to Aigulle Du Midi where we parted with 57 Euros each to get the cable car to the top of the Mountain.
We soared over forests below to reach the Plan de L’Aiguille at 2317m where we had to change cable cars mid way. From here you could see the Bosson Glacier, Mont- Blanc, Aigulle Verte, the Drus and the Aiguilles de Chamonix. Here we saw several paragliders launching off into the void ….amazing! In 10 min the second cable car took us to 3777m above the seracs and glaciers. Unfortunately, the lift that takes you to the peak at 3842m and “the Void” was out of action…..it won’t be fixed until July…..considering this is the 60th Anniversary year for them it was a bit disappointing.
We spent around an hour and half at the top station moving between the various lookouts. The view was breathtaking and for Vince at least somewhat Vertigo inducing. I felt quite light headed and needed to sit down for a while to adjust to the high altitude. We could see climbers out on the snow…some carrying skis on their backs.
From some vantage points we could look down towards Chamonix and we could see planes and helicopters flying far below us. The clouds closed in a little obscuring Mont Blanc but we had the most fantasising view of the Bossons Glacier….the tongue looked like we could just reach out an touch it! The past two evenings as we have been in out tent we have heard the crack and thundering roar of Avalanche as small parts of the glacier have broken away. Today we saw fissures on the mountain that are just avalanches waiting to happen!
I took the opportunity to throw a snowball off the mountain but Vince was a big girls blouse and refused to do so….siting OHS regulations! Further more he didn’t want to spark the next Avalanche…..needless to say no one was harmed and no Avalanche occurred.
We stopped in at the cafe for lunch and the Mer De Glacé cafe must have pre warned them that the suckers were coming….because this time we paid even more for our toasted ham and cheese sandwiches (ham on the inside, cheese in the outside and toasted just on the top ….very unique!). We paid 23.50 Euro and Vince’s left kidney!
Neither of us were feeling 100 per cent so we descended to Plan de L’Aiguille where we exited onto the actual mountain itself, no barriers, no steps, just nature in the raw! Loving snow as I do I could not resist clumping across it….however, this was not without it surprises! …..My left leg disappeared suddenly and I found myself stuck in thesnow…..my husband, rather than assist or rescue me….reached for the Go Pro and Camera! After I freed myself, I continued and the same thing happened to my right leg…this time even deeper so I found myself sitting on the snow! Two wet feet and a wet bum….what more could a girl want? That said…it was well worth any effort….the views were spectacular no exhilarating!
After enjoying the magnificently views we caught the lower cable car that took us down the bottom section of the mountain back to Chamonix. Despite the sensations of altitude sickness it had been a truly exhilarating experience which had prompted Vince to start talking about taking up mountain climbing as a hobby ……help me!!!!!!!!!
We walked into the town of Chamonix, Vince picked up a spare fuel bottle for the Dragonfly. Currently our small bottle only contains enough petrol for 6 meals (3 days) before it needs to be refilled….we will benefit for the larger one. It was quite hot in town so we had an ice cream each to cool down. Out hunt for a camping frypan remains unsuccessful and in addition we found all supermarkets closed on Sunday….luckily we have a “tin surprise” form Germany left over ….that we think is chicken but may be fish….we’ll find out!