Published: July 28th 2006July 11th 2006
We are at the Top of the TMB!!
At the "Fenetre d'Arpette", the toughest mountain pass in the TMB. After the long way up, before the long way down - Here We Are
This is supposed to be the most difficult day of the trek, and it better be. I'm sitting now at Relais L'Arpette, after this very long and tough day, and I'm sooo tired. We started before 8am with a nice path, climbing gently up the hill. When we reached Chalet du Glacier at 1583m the path took a steep turn... The higher we went, the steeper it became. No wonder in fact, as we were simply facing a wall in front of us. You look at the wall and it seems absolutely impassable. It's sooo high. The last 400m climb were the hardest. The effort was tremendous. I couldn't believe I could make it but of course there wasn't any choice. Going back wasn't an option. Finally at 1pm we reached the "Fenêtre L'Arpette", a beautiful passage high up at 2660m. I almost forgot to mention the view. As you go up the valley closes on you, it's very impressive. The other side is a glacier - Glacier de Trient, and you can see its crevasses and the lovely blue colour of the ice. As you reach the top a new world opens - the other side. The bad news are
Do you see a way to cross this wall?
From the valley it looks totally impossible, this wall!
that the work didn't end. After this huge climb, we have to go down. The beginning is horribly scary. The fact that I didn't slip down could only be regarded as a miracle. It was so steep and the path had this small stones that seem trustworthy but fall as you lay your foot on them. It was as tiring as going up in fact. It took 3 more hours to get to our night's destination. It was a challenging and rewarding day... I'm happy tomorrow will be an easy one (hopefully).
We got a nice dorm room of 6 beds, with two French guys and, surprise, La Folle, the crazy one from last night... It's going to be fun...
(The post was written in real time on my pocket PC and posted in an Internet-Cafe at La Fouly, Switzerland. Pictures will be added when I get home)
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