Note: This page includes tracks and photos for walks with friends and family in 2009. Use the menu at the top of the page to display Walks with the Horizons group, walks for other years, and for maps which group tracks by mountain range.
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- 6-Aug-09: Chartreuse - L'Aulp de Seuil,
Altitudes: max 1943m, min 1084m
Starting from the col de Marcieu (1084m) the path goes up through the forest until one arrives at a clearing, l'Alpette 1453m. Soon afterwards, one leaves the forest on a path used to take sheep or cows to summer alpine pasture in the Vallon de Marcieu. Higher up the path is right up against the cliff, but has fences on the downhill side to protect the animals from falls. Initially it's not easy to see where the path makes its way through the cliff, but soon one can follow the line of it with the fencing. Arriving at the Passage de l'Aup (or Aulp) du Seuil one is rewarded by marvellous views all around. To the east one sees Belledonne, with probably Les Ecrins behind, and to the NE one can see Mt Blanc quite clearly. To the SW one sees the Dôme de Bellefont, from which the Crête de l'Alpette runs NE and the Lances de Malissard towards the north, with the Vallon de Marcieu between them. Following the ridge, one has views of the rock formations in the cliffs, including l'Aiguilette, a needle-like rock. Eventually one reaches the highest point (1926m) of the Aup du Seuil from where, looking north, one sees the Tour Percée and the double arch like structure (32m long) of rock joining the cliff to the rock tower.
- 9-Jul-09: Luberon - short walk from
Sivergues dans le Grand Luberon, 6.4km
Altitudes: max 859m, min 555m
- 7-Jul-09: Luberon - short walk from
Valsorgues, via St Michel, Saignon and back to Valsorgues, 3.8km
Altitudes: max 565m, min 432m
- 30-Jun-09: Vercors - Pas des Bachassons,
starting from Les Pellas (La Bâtie), 15.8km, with Jacques
Altitudes: max 1943m, min 1109m
Ascent via the Pas du Fouillet to the Plaine de la Queyrie, with the 'Arbre Seul' and Roman quarry, descent via Pas de la Selle
- 1-Jun-09: Belledonne - Lac du Crop
starting from Pont de la Betta, 11km, with Benjamin and Myléna
Altitudes: max 1929m, min: 1288m
Essentially the same walk that I did with Timothée 23-Jul-08
Fine weather for most of the walk, but it got a bit cloudy and chilly while we were at the Lac du Crop, and we had a few drops of rain.
23-Jul-08: Belledonne - Lac de Crop, with Timothée.
- 30-Apr-09: Chartreuse: Clos Colomb,
Planfay, 13.2km, with Guy and Maryvonne
Altitudes: max 1704m, min 948m
Another fine day with plenty of sunshine and a few clouds. Quite a bit of snow still above 1400m. I discovered this walk thanks to Guy and Maryvonne! At the top one is on the path from the Oratoire to Montfromage, which I walked along several years ago.
- 23-Apr-09: Chartreuse - Col de Pravouta,
Col du Coq, 5km
Altitudes: max 1699m, min 1419m
A fine sunny day, there was still a fair amount of snow above 1400m but Crocuses and Alpine Squill (Scilla bifolia) were in flower just beside the snow.
A variant of a walk that I've done several times: 27-Nov-08 (on snowshoes, starting much lower down, with the Horizons group), 18-Jul-08 (via Col des Ayes), 24-Jan-08 (on snowshoes)