We decided to make the most of the continued good weather and headed for the Beaufortain. Leaving my house we headed for La Grande Journee. On the drive up on narrow winding roads the colours of the trees were stunning and I couldn’t resist stopping to try to capture the colours on my camera. You can see some of them in the photos. We parked up at the end of the forest and headed along a track made for the alpagistes. After a short distance we headed off on a path heading for the Lac de Soulflet. The original intention wasn’t necessarily to reach the summit but the weather was wonderful and there was enough daylight despite the change from summer to winter time. We passed the lake and headed on towards the summit with a few patches of fresh snow. Reaching the ridge the shaded north-facing slopes were much more snow-covered but the ridge was clear and after about 10 minutes we reached the summit, alone. On the descent we stopped several times to take in the views and the changing light. A final sighting of a large chamois was a nice ending to the day.
By // by Mark Tennent