Friday July 11, 2008
I got up at the same time as my roommates, refreshed and ready for adventure. After breakfast, the Scotsman and I went into town for some provisions for the hike: bread, cheese and bananas.
The hike was long and the day was hot, but the sense of accomplishment once we got to the top was worth all of it.
My hiking partner, Tom, was heading to his girlfriend’s house to finish a long backpacking trip through Europe. He could have gone around the lake in Annecy and it would have taken a couple hours to reach his girlfriend, but wanted to go the long way around, a two day voyage that led him up the Semnoz. I left him on top of the Semnoz to catch my 30 minute long bus back to town. It had taken us the better part of 5 hours to reach the top. Tom was hoping to find shelter within an hour and set up camp for the night. Parting with Tom was strange, we had spent so much time together and I felt we had accomplished so much and now, I would never see him again. I hope he made it to his girlfriend’s safely.
That night, I met up with a friend from Bishop’s to hang out for the night. Maxime (my friend) lives by a typical beautiful small village overlooking the Alpes in a stunning house. Everything is so beautiful here.