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Day 9
Champex to Col de la Forclaz
plan l'Au
Another day with a big decision, should we go the Arpette or the Bovine route? The coin toss determined Bovine.
outside Champex
Bovine path
Bovine path
At plan de l'Au we almost lost parts of our pack to the inquisitive goats. Apparently, the straps looked tasty to them. The cows, however, took no interest in us at all as we climbed up towards the Bovine dairy farm. After the last, very steep hour we reached the tables and umbrellas of the alp.
Bovine dairy farm
The couple farming here cooked lunches on a 2-burner stove. As we waited for our 'roesti' (swiss fried potatoes with ham and eggs), our sweaty, wet shirts completely dried in the breeze. The grass would have done any golf course proud, thick and soft, it felt like silk to my bare feet.
After a crossing the ridge, the valley opened up and we could see Martigny below. Good thing we were very hungry, the Forclaz refuge served a wonderful grilled chicken dinner; refills of meat, vegetables and potatoes as desired!

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