We have now reached Camp 2, Bourg-Saint-Pierre at 1632m. It was a long climb over 14Km from Orsières at 887m. Along the way, our path rose steeply then plunged, recklessly surrendering hard won altitude. Even at the halfway cafe the WCs were downstairs, adding to the descent and ascent. We are still below the tree line so oxygen is present but not plentiful.
Our support team have done a magnificent job to get us to this point. Claude & Marie have just departed for the short drive back to their home near Calais and Christof will leave for his home in the morning. Thank you all. Paul and I will then make our first attempt at reaching the Great St Bernard Pass.
The weather was fine today, sunshine and a light wind with the temperature in the mid 20s. But as I drank my apple juice in the cafe this morning I was horrified to see ominous white clouds rapidly forming like smoke signals above the peaks. Alpine storms are no laughing matter and by the time we arrived at Camp 2, the sky was full of thunderous black clouds over the little village of Bourg-Saint-Pierre.
I checked my AccuWeather app and the omens for tomorrow are bad. There may be an opportunity for an attempt at the Pass mid morning but the storms will return early afternoon. So, if we go, we will have to travel “Alpine style” to use mountain jargon. Or we can stay in Camp 2 (The Hotel Au Petit-Velan) where the cheese fondue is equally dangerous.