Les Houches to Les Contamines – first day of TMB

This day was surprisingly hard. I’m doing this track with Yoav, my friend who is considered to be a super strong giant. It was supposed to be easier.

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The story actually starts the day before – I landed in Geneva and took a shuttle to my hotel. I arrived at 01:30 am, trying to find WiFi to tell Yoav to get down and open the door for me. After a while I realized the driver hadn’t put me down at the hotel, but next to a sign directing to the hotel. I walked under heavy rain till I finally found it, and then was I finally able to find Yoav and meet him after over a month. Waking up, we realized even from our room we have a splendid view.

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As we had gone to sleep quite late, we woke up rather late as well. After eating and reserving a refuge for the night, we went out to the bus station at around 11:00, just to realize the next bus wouldn’t arrive until 12:00. We decided to do something we would never have done in Israel – hitchhiking. After ~30 seconds we already found a nice couple that drove us to Les Houhces, the starting point of the TMB, where we spent some time shopping bread and energy bars for the rest of the day.

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Considering all the delays we started the actual tour at around 12:00. The book claimed it would be a rather easy first day. NOT! We started by a really steep 600 meters ascent. It was a surprising start, yet the views were really nice.

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Descending was obviously much easier. On the way we met a French kid practicing card magic. Yoav showed him some tricks and made his eyes almost pop out.

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Afterwards we made one wrong turn which led us way far from the road. We decided to hitchhike again to our final destination – Les Contenimes.

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Arriving at the refuge was cool. We left our shoes in the entrance and received flip flops instead. We met three German medicine students. I was glad to practice my German with them, especially when I was actually able to have a (very basic) conversation. Then they taught us a German cards game we played till we were told to go to sleep. And so ended our first day 🙂

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