DAY 4, SAMOENS to MOEDE ANTERNE
Ascent: 1800 m
Descent: 505 m
Distance: 23 km
Time on trail: 7:00 – 16:00
A hard day of climbing ahead but the first obstacle was an impressive rocky gorge, Gorges des Tines. Some ladders assisted the climb through an enchanted forest that bathed in the first light of the day.
After three hours I reached the Cascade du Rouget (960m). I ate some lunch and got prepared for the next 800m of ascent.
After climbing more steep slopes I was about to leave the treeline behind.
I was afraid of this; everything began to look too snowy.
It was green behind but all white ahead. I had been hoping to camp at Lake Anterne but it was all winter there. I kept pushing forward to Col d´Anterne (2257m).
From the high col grand mountain scenery opened, with Mont Blanc beyond the first line of mountains.
No spots for camping but fortunately the owner of the refuge let me camp next to it on a small rocky ledge. This was the most amazing place I’ve ever been camping; I was able to admire Mt.Blanc massif straight from my tent door. I was worried about the next day though. The GR5 trail would ascent Le Brevent (2525m), right there on the left. It looked very steep and too snowy looking from this point. I heard mixed reports how difficult it might be at that moment. As I was hiking alone, I was thinking to get down to the valley of Chamonix by other, more comfortable route.