Saturday, 28 July 2018


Out of the treeline above Zinal 
Alpine Rock Jasmin 
Val d'anniveres & Dent Blanche 

Saxifraga Bioflora
Rain and cloud afternoon 
Eidelweiss, of course 
A bit of snow on the Forcletta 
Katie in full waterproofs
Today we got rained on for 3 hours. For me that is the longest spell of 'bsd, wet weather ' all season in The Alps. It started off fine this morning in Zinal. Another hot and bright beginning to the section of the Haute Route from the Val d'anniveres over to the Turtmantal. We reached the Forcletta at lunchtime,  just before the rain came on. To relieve the damp, drab weather there aren't of wonderful flowers and plants on the col area. Many rare ones. The rock type here is Calcareous and schist providing a good home to many species of beautiful flora. Lots of activity from the Nutcracker bird today, too. It was quiet on the hills today, especially on the Turtmantal side where we saw no one.

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