Saturday 2 September - Le Chable to Cabane du Mont Fort
Everyone is efficiently away by 8:20 after a sparse breakfast and a speedy shop for any remnants needed for our three days of lunches.
The route up towards Verbier is pleasantly shady, and whilst the sun tries to creep out from behind the mountains, cloud cover slowly ensures a day of superb walking conditions despite paucity of sun.
10:05 to 10:20 - tea break on corner of track before continuing on up paths avoiding Verbier, behind the alcohol laden fumes of one of the OTH gang. (Waggy - RIP).
Another break at the Clambin refuge, where most of us enjoyed coffee, coke, or both - 11:10 to 11:45.
Fieldfares busied themselves nearby. On and on up easy paths to the cablecar station / gondola at Les Ruinettes, where we commandeer two benches for lunch - 12:50 to 13:45.
The warm weather is becoming overcast and threatening, but despite a few drops of rain, waterproofs aren't needed and the paragliders aren't grounded. I get some video of a tandem departure.
Mountain bikes rush past and bounce down a specially constructed undulating path. But our route continues beside bisses, with a final haul on a quiet path up to Cabane du Mont Fort.
We arrived there at 14:50 for welcome beers, etc. We have two rooms for four people - quite adequate, and lots of storage space.
Meet an Englishman (60+ mountain biker) who lives in Verbier
and claims to own 18% of a sea of oil in
A pleasant evening in the cabin with Uno and Scrabble - I tried playing both at the same time. Unsurprisingly unsuccessfully.