However I figured the whole vertical mile to the top might be a bit much for now, so I set my sights a little lower, and decided to aim for the shepherd’s cabin at Le Fleyrard. This is about 500m up the mountains, and marks the upper limit of the treeline. From there, there is a track that traverses the front of the mountain, leading to the sheep pastures, from where it is a downhill run back into the valley via the Col de la Croix.
|Even in the valley, sheltered places still had a lot of snow, which had repeatedly thawed and refroze, making running tricky.|
|The trail along the valley floor forks left. It's 1.7km to the cabin, and about 300m of vertical.|
I reckon another 2 weeks and I’ll be able to get up past the Fleyrard shepherds cabin and up onto the Grand Ferrand proper.