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Austria Hiking 05/08/2016

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05/08/2016 Friday

I woke up at the normal time but had a half day's leave. I packed for the Alps did a bit of work then practiced the guitar before going into work. I left there at 3.30pm and met John on the Gatwick Express we managed to combine both our osprey bags for the check in at easyjet. We met the others. Stuart Kirsten and Andrew at the Wetherspoons. Unfortunately the flight was delayed and we had to wait for extra crew. At the other end we got a minibus with other people that got us from Geneva to Chamonix for 1am. Pash was already there and got us to our room.

06/08/2016 Saturday

We woke up at a reasonable time considering the room had no curtains. I had the first shower in the efficient cubicle as many phone was charging. We went downstairs and had a very nice breakfast bread coffee and cereals. We walked into town and I quickly purchased a fleece for 25 euros Kirsten took a bit longer to buy eye liner. We found the bus stop and caught a very busy bus to argentiere where we met Constanta and some mechanical dancing beavers in a shop. Eventually after 12 we started walking and after some nice woody bits we went up a ski piste which was quite tricky. We got to the top of the cable car and then had a couple of months blanc beers on the terrace. We carried on then and got to the top and the hut and we found that Kirsten had booked us into a different but. But it wasn’t a problem. The hut was very old and run by a couple in their 80’s and Malcolm who was very friendly. And who we chatted to a lot we had steak and chips for dinner and some kronenbourg beers and apricot schnapps. We played some uno but the girls and pash were in bed by 9 we managed 10pm.

07/08/2016 Sunday

Up early after a night with the jumping bean there were a view grumpy faces at breakfast. But we soon cheered up after a coffee from Malcolm. All but pash set off first for a nearby peak. We got reasonably close but the path looked a little too precarious and likely to slide so all but Kirsten and Stuart turned back for another coffee at the hut. We set off then in earnest and it was quite a long day 6 hours and nearly 10 miles. It was chilly first but after getting g out of the wind the sun was really strong and it added to Andrews sunburnt neck. There were some slippy snow bits and then some up climbing. But then from another hut that was closed it was down via zig zags about 600 metres to a really lovely stop by the river er we had a few beers and I even bouldered a route that was set in some rock. We carried on down a gentle tourist path to our hotel/ hostel for the evening . This was the color de la forclaz. We got ice creams and got showers the. Had some beers in the sun. The meal at 7pm was really good and there was extras of first and second course. We also got ice cream for dessert. The others sent to bed just before 9pm.

08/08/2016 Monday

We got up early after a calm night as Kirsten had slept in the other room. We had a good breakfast though not a cooked one then got one trail really quite early we hiked back up to the beer stop off the day before in double quick time and had a quick drink and toilet break. After that it was nearly 1200 metres uphill quite rocky and slippy in some places and quite hot we. I stuck with John and after we had passed all the folks struggling down we arrived at the peak just after Andrew. I dropped my bag and went down again to find Constanta and pash and give them morale support on what was a difficult last few hundred metres. Then we headed down and this was quite difficult as you were prone to slippage. I followed Stuart for a while then John and Andrew caught me it was a very long downhill and very rocky and required. If down steps so hard on the legs. We met stuart at a bridge and dipped our feet in the freezing water for 3 seconds. We then found a bar round the corner and sat out in the garden having beers. Pash and Constanta made it down in good time. And we decided we needed a taxi which was a good call as the hotel terminus was miles away we would have really struggled to walk to it. We quickly got ready and headed into town. We found a nice bar and I had vodka spaghetti and a few beers, Andrews steak came with its own cooked we decided to the hotel at a reasonable time. We had two rooms this time I was in the boys room.

09/08/2016 Tuesday

We got up a reasonable time and had a very nice 15 euro. Breakfast. We took our time and set off just as the rain abated. We walked a little way and just as we went uphill I be to. Real out the Poncho but only for a little while we met a very nice local who invited us for coffee but we carried on after some non stressful walking we found a restaurant in a small town and had some lunch or dessert in my case. We set off again and walked down the valley at a leisurely pace. When we got to our final destination le chable and we found we were staying in a nuclear bunker which had great showers. We had a few beers in the bar above and ate a huge bar of chocolate Constanta bought. We ni0ed down a few doors to a nice pizzeria and I had a. Very cheesy pizza and two different ice creams with alcohol. Me and John had a final beer in our bunker bar and watched a bit of the Olympics.

10/08/2016 Wedsday

The others got up very early to set off on their 1600 metre climb. Myself and John got up in time to wave them good-by then got train tickets and then had a coffee. We bought food from the supermarket and made sandwiches back in the bunker. We said goodbye to the bunker and after a short walk around town we settled at the station to have another coffee. The train arrived on time we got a good seat and we had no trouble with just one change before we got to the airport. There was no delay at Geneva airport we didn't do much shopping though or have any beer in the end. The flight was quick and Jon Court ne Gatwick Express with me to Victoria and then caught the tube home with no problem and was home in time to play Call of Duty.