DAY 1, LA PLANCHE to LES CROTTES
Ascent: 1530 m
Descent: 1250 m
Distance: 15 km
Time on trail: 6:00 – 14:45
After a nervous night, the first night on trail is always, the morning revealed itself beautiful though heavy clouds were forming in the north.
The first pass, Col de Bise (1915m), with a bunch of bouquetins.
The view from the pass showed what lies ahead for the days to come.
I decided to order some breakfast at the Bise refuge. While eating, two Scandinavian ladies joined me. Anna and Ýrr were doing also the GR5. We shared some of the days walk together and camped at the same place in the evening. It was very encouraging to meet others walking the same route.
Up to the second pass, Pas de la Bosse (1816m) and then down to the village of La Chapelle d’Abondance for groceries.
The third and last climb of the day was heavy, perhaps because of the extra food in the backpack. Anyway we found a nice meadow to camp at the empty chalet of Les Crottes.