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TMB Day 4: Keep Calm and Carry on

TMB Day 4: Keep Calm and Carry on

Day 4  Champex to Trient via Fentre d'Arpette  14km, +1200, -1400m

September 4, 2012

Choose your own adventure today! 

Fenetre d'Arpette or Bovine

Fenetre d'Arpete was the winner due to clear and sunny skies. 

  The other option was the Bovine trail apart of the classic TMB trail and racing trail of the UTMB and CCC.  This would of been spectacular in a different way.  But, its nice to have choices.  The Fenetre d'Arpette is the higher route with spectacular views of glaciers and mountains. 

The route we chose is part of the classic  Haute route trek.  The Haute route is a 180km trek  from Chamonix to Zermatt.  It takes roughly 12 hiking days or 7 skiing days to complete.  

Skiing this would be pretty sweet!!!!!!!!



A  constant climb up to the Fentre A'rpette. Cold in the morning, overheated as we headed on our way up. 

Blues skies, morraines all around, big boulders and the best company. 

Upon reaching the top we had views on both sides.  Spectacular views of the Trient glacier.  This glacier is 4.3km long.  A smaller glacier compared to others in Switzerland and the Alps. 

At the top a group of trail runners were planning their descent and route down.  Envious for a moment. 

We stopped for lunch and soaked in the views.  A perfect day.  Still a long decent down.  Wish I was running. 


The hike down took us longer as we frolicked in the sun taking pictures and enjoying the sun.  My quads were uber sore on the descent.  Screaming at some points for some reason.  After hitting Chalet du Glacier for a quick sugar fix and something salty, we headed into the town of Trient.  Population: 148

We stayed at Relais du Glacier where we met Helen and Charles.....

We sat beside them during dinner because we would be sharing cheese fondue.  We chose cheese fondue but we wished we picked the other option of some kind of beef stew on rice.  I finally became sick of cheese.  Cheese for breakfast.  Cheese for lunch and dinner.  Andrew bet from experience that I would be sick of cheese halfway through this trip.  No way I thought.  I love cheese and now I was over it.

Helen and Charles were an older couple with some spunk and elegance.  Very proper.  They were from England. They showed up at dinner both with collared shirts and talked with such elegance.  Us: in our days old icebreaker and pants.    They were on their first leg and were hiking the classic Haute route from Chamonix to Zermatt.  They also found it quite entertaining that we were on our honeymoon sharing rooms with other people. 

We thought of Helen and Charles the next day as they were climbing up to the Fenetre d'Arpette. They asked us many questions about our day and seemed a bit hesitant of the climb.  So far they thought the time allowance on the trail markers were quite generous.

I am sure Helen would take no excuses from Charles and would say keep calm and carry on

Every time I think of them I can't help but talk in an English accent and smile!


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