Les Contamines to Les Chapieux – a hard second day of the TMB

This day was really hard and combined steep ascents and foggy to stormy weather.

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After waking up I found out the lower part of my pants (which can be disconnected from the upper part) was torn. Well, that means starting the day with rain and short pants.

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We started walking with two Belgium people we had met in the refuge. Soon enough they quit as one of them hurt his knee and decided to see a doctor. Going on it was clear the weather was rainy and cloudy.

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As we proceeded Yoav felt weak and we had to stop a few times. We climbed very steep ascents, yet the clouds kept blocking the views. As we climbed higher we saw snow on a more frequent basis.

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The route continued with even steeper ascends. At some point Yoav was quite broken. He took a pill to ease the pain and said he might not be able to finish. At this point he agreed to switch bags. It was unbelievable how much it changed our experience. Yoav found it much easier to walk, with only a few kilograms less on his back. Finally  we were able to reach the top, ascending today from 1000m height to 2400m. Tough.

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The clouds cleared a bit at the top and we went to a small refuge to have coffee, where we met the Israelis we had already met yesterday.

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After the coffee break we decided to continue, which meant going down a long valley. We descended to the valley and soon enough found ourselves in the middle of a thunderstorm. It was raining as hell. I fell and broke one of my alpines 😦

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We kept going down till we reached the refuge in Les Chapieux at around 18:00. That was one hell of a day.

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