A very classic hiking to begin the day but it offers the advantage to share a panorama all over the Dents-du-Loup. The atmosphere is quite cold but it is still hot when walking. The hunt is on and I can hear some cracking of rifles. A non forecasted sea of cloud is there. I will have to monitor its evolution. Descent to the Lake Crozet keeping an eye on the Dents-du-Loup where I still can not see anyone.
Grande Lauzière, Tête Noire
I pass the Pra pass, go down to the refuge and here begins a path where I’ve never put my feet on. The ascent of the Grande Lauziere, not through the traditionnal path but by the vertical scree. A very beautiful crumbling slope where stone roll over everywhere. I get altitude quite fast. A stone is shining from distance. I go and see. Surprise, some quartz! And since today’s plans were too easy, I weight my bag with a few pounds more. Ibex emerge on ridges. The black shale rock has a beautiful effect.
Once up, I shift to the North of Great Lauziere for a last look at the Dents-du-Loup. Still no one visible there. Never mind.
Pic du Grand Domenon
Back on Lauziere landscape where a few Ibex graze. Quick passage at Tete Noire summit.
I then transit to the Pic by the ridges above Domenon’s lakes. Clouds arrive. In theory, there is nothing to worry about: I can feel a difference of temperature between both side of the ridge and a great wind coming from the good side is there. The clouds have no chance to crosse the ridge. In practice, I really take care of them since it is the exposed path of my walk: surrounded by cliffs and I have some unclimbing step to do. But everything goes like the theory, good.
At the Pic du Grand Domenon, the clouds are still stuck on one side of the valley and so I can not see Domenon’s lakes. But the view is open on the other side and clouds that are there bring a best effect.
Croix de Belledonne
Descent from the Pic. That’s it, I am back on the road of the walkers. And if I had not met anyone up to now, I can catch the score with so many people here. A new cross is at the top of Croix de Belledonne. Quite beautiful. The view is limited today, although blocked by the clouds around. The Grande Lance de Domène is also surrounded by the clouds. It is in my plan to go there but view from now, I might cancel it.
Grande Lance de Domène
But yes! Once down the Névé de la Grande Pente (without any snow), the view is not obstructed anymore. Bye bye people and back to the friendly slopes. I reach the Lac Blanc pass. Same situation than earlier in the day: the clouds are stuck at the ridge and so I will have no chance to see the lake. Direction to the summit. At the top, the clouds pass and go, the view is still quite limited. And without visibility I will not try to pursue through the Petite Lance de Domène. So I’ll have to make up the standard path from the Petit Domenon lake.
While descending, I see some horns in the clouds. Ibex fathers rest. I leave my bag and go and meet them. Not to long either, I begin to feel the fatigue. But soon after below, I meet with the rest of the family and with the very young Ibex. What else to totally recharge my batteries?! Let’s go for a good time on the field. Hey! They are so cute!
End of the hiking through the classical descent. Passage at Crozet lake. So many people on this Saturday afternoon.
To summarize it in a few words: I sign today my biggest hiking ever (2850m of altitude, 23km, 8:30) with great views, interesting paths and the company of friendly Ibex! And obviously, I recommend it!