GR5 – DAY6, LES HOUCHES

DAY 6, LES HOUCHES CAMPSITE

(rest day)

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Rain hammered the tent and mean wind howled in the valley when I woke up. The choice was easy to make; no walking today. All the climbers thought the same, except these Polish brothers who were eager to start their push for the summit.

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I thought to visit Chamonix but the weather was so ugly the whole day. I rested at the campsite, ate and stretched well. I called home for the first time. I had four extra days in my initial plan but to keep one after first five days of walking was a good decision; my body recovered well from the “first shock”. After that I was just flying towards the South.

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GR5 – DAY5, to LES HOUCHES (Chamonix)

DAY 5, MOEDE ANTERNE to LES HOUCHES (via Servoz)

Ascent: 279 m

Descent: 1252 m

Distance: 20 km

Time on trail: 7:20 – 12:30

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I decided finally to skip the ascent of Le Brevent and make a more comfortable detour down to the Chamonix valley. I felt relieved with the decision.

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At Les Houches campsite under the watching eye of Mont Blanc. The campsite was full of climbers, most from Poland, getting ready for climbing the Mont Blanc. I really loved the heroic climbing vibes.

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The weather turned much worse in the evening and dark heavy clouds crept into the valley Chamonix. The forecast for the next day wasn’t promising either. Perhaps would be a good idea to keep a rest day as my knees were worryingly sore after so much sliding in the snow. The end of the first stage (out 0f six).