Lac de Fenestre-Near Col de Raus
Daily Mileage: 17.4mi/28km
Approx Total Mileage: 365.4mi/588km
Campsite Elevation: 6890ft/2100m
Last night was great. I’m impressed with how little wind there has been on this trail. Last night it was so calm and quiet that it was easy to forget I was even sleeping outside. I got going by 7:30am knowing that afternoon rain, and possibly thunderstorms, were forecasted. I knew I had some rocky exposed terrain ahead, so I wanted to get through it before the rain came. The theme of the day was ROCKS! Not my favorite terrain. After a nice descent down to the refuge and church at La Madone de Fenestre, the rocky climbing began.
I’m still on the GR52 variant that takes me to the end at Menton instead of Nice. Today was mostly in Mercantour National Park, and it was quite scenic…when I wasn’t busy looking at my feet.
I’ll spare the details, as it get monotonous, but I had many passes today, a ton of rocky terrain, and saw a ton of lakes. It was tough to choose a limited number of photos from the dozens I took today.
I took a quick lunch at Lac Niré looking up at the big wall of rocks up to Baisse du Basto. There were gathering clouds with a sudden increase in wind, so I really got worried about getting caught up there or the next pass in bad weather. I dried out my tent that had a bit of condensation last night, and headed up quickly.
On the way up, I finally got to see two ibex that have the big horns. I don’t know how they even keep their heads up. They can be even bigger. Again, the main drawback of the iPhone as my sole camera are the animal shots.
I got over the col and hustled to get over the other high point of Baisse de Valmasque. More lakes and great scenery along the way…and yes, plenty of rocks.
I’ve really enjoyed the last two days. I didn’t go through a village for two whole days, and that felt pretty great. I almost forgot how good it feels to just be out in wilderness consecutive nights. I have two days left before I reach the Mediterranean and weather looks good. It’s the homestretch! Just stopped sprinkling. Heading out…