There Are No "Easy" Days, July 13, 2011
Stage 14, R133 (Maljasset à Ceillac)
7.87 miles, 2,719’ up, 3,569’ down
Go to this map and hover over the triangles to see where the stage we just completed is relative to the entire trail. (The stage beginning and end locations are probably backwards, as we are doing the trail in the opposite direction.)
Maybe a quarter of the way to the pass
Today was supposed to be an "easy" day, not too long, not too much up or down. Hah! We woke up to a little rain, which turned into a downpour and wind and hail. The trail out of Maljasset was steep and muddy, and we had to keep moving to stay warm (i.e., no hourly breaks). The ascent to Col de Girardin was a 9-screamer (anyone who has ever skied with me will understand).
Once over the pass, the trail got less scary, although the weather definitely did not improve. We huddled with other hikers to gobble lunch under the eaves of a shrine to Ste. Anne on the shores of Lac Ste. Anne, an incredible green/blue lake fed by glaciers we could sort of see through the clouds. Past another glacial lake (Lac Miroir) and down trails that felt like XXX ski runs.
I'm going to end now, before the wifi location shuts down for the night.