Glacier Corbassiere and Grand Combin - Hiking in the Alps
Recently I have joined the most popular weekend activity during summer here in Switzerland: hiking. With the Alps in such a close range, within only an hour car ride to bases above 2000m altitude and the amount of published literature on hiking trails, no wonder everybody does it...Morgins up trough the forest to Savolaire Farm, a nice observation point for the famous Dents du Midi mountain range (left image). Dents du Midi range is visible even from the Leman (Geneve) Lake, towering above Chillon Castle, one of the most famous swiss landmarks. Another same easy route lead us to Creux-du-Van (right image), near Neuchatel, a huge round vertical wall of 160m height in the ancient Jura mountains, renown for the dinosaur fossils discovered here.
With a group of mostly Romanian students, last weekend we undertook a more difficult trail in the heart of Alps, around Grand Combin (4314m) massive. We started off from Lausanne around 9 o'clock and reach the Brunet Cabin (~2100m) around 11 after a last stage of a few kilometers of impressive mountain road, where my old Opel Astra was put to extreme tests. We started off in a hurry to catch up with another group which woke up earlier on the steep trail leading to the pass of Avouillons (~2600m altitude).
After having a snack on the highest rocks of Avouillons pass, we started the descent to the glacier - short and enjoyable. At the glacier base we found two small ponds and small snow covered areas and so we started a snowball fight. Some guys ever attempted a bath in the freezing water of the glacier lakes...
I still have a few images from this excursion that I have not yet uploaded, but hopefully I will find the time to do it in the next days, and color a little bit more this article.
Photo credits: Mihai-bogdan Lazar.