Day 4

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I woke up this morning feeling good finally, and sad it was going to be my last day hiking. The sun was just coming over the mountains as I headed outside. It looked amazing! As someone put it, it looked straight out of middle-earth haha. Today I was hoping would be easy since it was just down the valley, but I was wrong. It wasn't down the valley, it was along the side of it. This meant a lot of up and down! It started off through the bottom of the valley, then went upwards along the side. In the bottom, I went through a heard of cows. This was number 1 of 2 for the day.

As I went up towards L'Arp Vieille Inferiore, I met back up with the couple from Straussburg that I had met at Refuge de la Balme. They were going on past Courmayeur and were quicker than me.

Middle earth!
We kind of kept the same pace for a while and took each others photos then they headed on. just after Inferiore was L'Arp Vieille Superieure, which wasn't much different. A deserted village of a few buildings. After these I topped out for the day and talked to a hike with awesome glasses. They were hardcore high altitude glasses. Hard to explain. I don't remember where he was from.

There were a lot of ski resorts in this area which detracted from the views. They took out a lot of trees that would have been nice to see. Once I got to Checrouit, the trail dropped of a cliff almost literally. I almost took the "burrow route" because the map was confusing, but I took the right way down into Courmayeur, almost a mile below. The trail was really, really steep, dusty, and hot. It was not a good way to end the lovely hike I had had, but nevertheless, it was the end of the hike. 4 days, 40 miles, a few thousand foot climb and descent. Totally worth the trip!

alicegourmet says:
Glad that you enjoy the hike over there. I wish I could do that! :)
Posted on: Nov 20, 2009
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Middle earth!
Middle earth!
dang crapy camera
dang crapy camera
the backside of the Mont Blanc ran…
the backside of the Mont Blanc ra…
at LArp Vieille Inferiore
at L'Arp Vieille Inferiore
Val Veni
Val Veni
So beautiful!
So beautiful!
deminishing glacier
deminishing glacier
LArp Vieille Superieure
L'Arp Vieille Superieure
wow, this never got old!
wow, this never got old!
back towards Elisabetta
back towards Elisabetta
glaciers
glaciers
ski resort
ski resort
marmot
marmot
the back of Mont Blanc
the back of Mont Blanc
trail signs
trail signs
Checrouit
Checrouit
Courmayeur below and the Val Aosta
Courmayeur below and the Val Aosta
its WAY down there compared to the…
its WAY down there compared to th…
thistle?
thistle?
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