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Day 3
Nant Borrant to les Chapieux
morning clouds
We woke up to the sound of light rain. The scenery was quite beautiful despite the low clouds. After passing the refuge de la Balme, the path climbed up through the rocks and above the treeline.
shelter at col du Bonhomme
snow and marker
flowers and snow
As we climbed higher and higher, the rain turned to snow. Visibility was limited, but it was not too difficult to follow the markings (white over red here). A fairly steep climb over slate took us to the col du Bonhomme de la Croix. After about 10 more minutes walking, the refuge appeared out of the fog. We took the opportunity to warm up, dry our clothes by the stove and have some hot tea with our lunch (it's ok to eat one's own food at the refuges as long as one buys a drink). Our short stop turned into almost 2 hours before we started on our descent to les Chapieux. The guardian at Nant Borrant had called ahead for our reservations, so we did not need to hurry. By 5 0'clock, we could see the refuge below and 30 minutes later we were taking hot showers.
At dinner we shared a table with Nordine and Delyta, a french couple we had met along the way. With the help of our phrasebook, we learned that they were going half-way and planned to stop at Bertone in Italy.

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Chalet la Balme phone 04 50 47 03 54
Refuge de la Croix de Bonhomme phone 04 79 07 05 28
Auberge de la Nova phone 04 79 89 07 15

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