Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Haute Route:La Sage to Cabane de Moiry

The route from La Sage begins a very short way down the road from the Cafe/Restaurant L'Ecureuil and gains height gradually on a gravel farm road that sweeps in long loops up a larch forest. The peaks - the Veisivis - dividing Ferpecle and Arolla valleys are the most prominent and further away those above Arolla, but the immense Dent Blanche is totally hidden from view.

The path steepens once the treeline is left behind, just before the small group of high-altitude cattle sheds at Le Tsaté and continue at a similar gradient upto and just beyond Remointse du Tsaté. An undulating gradient is soon followed by a steep last pitch up to the Col du Tsaté. The descent down the other side is of little note until one begins the final 400 metre climb up from the Parking du Glacier to the Cabane.

This final leg follows, for a short stretch, a narrow moraine ridge beside the Moiry Glacier before climbing up a steep rock band above which sits the Cabane - our day's destination.

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