Yesterday on my day off I took to the mountains again. I got up really early, drove just over an hour stopping on the way at a bakery I found open and bought a large size ‘pain au chocolat’ for breakfast and a fresh baggette for lunch on top a mountain peak. I drove to Les Contamins/Mont Joie a ski area near Chamonix and by 7AM I was taking my first steps on my days journey. There was no sun’s rays yet and I walked up through a forest and came across a beautiful hamlet Porcherey as the sun came up from behind the high mountains. A man was sitting in the sun on his apple laptop talking to someone and behind him I could see where I was climbing from right to left all along the ridge up the first peak still along the ridge, a long flat section you can’t see and then up to the second peak further left which is in fact much higher up and called Mont Joly.
When I got to the top of Mont Joly this was the panoramic view to the one side
I was now going to walk along a long ridge passed Tete de la Combaz, Tete de Veleray ending at Aiguille Croche. The first photo is showing the ridge starting at Mont Joly and ending with the highest little peak right of centre you can see in the distance, Aiguille croche. The second photo is showing a picture looking back along the ridge I just walked to just under that little cloud and to the right the peak of Mont Blanc. I was blessed with a beautiful sunny day and very few hikers.
Heading down I passed a few ski chair lifts and an amazing alpage restaurant that had a long dirt road to get there. I didn’t stop as by then I just wanted to get to my car and head home.. It was a 7h30 walk with photo stops and lunch.. 😉 My garmin told me I was on the move for 6h30