DAY FIVE (Part 2): COL DE LA SEIGNE TO COURMAYEUR

Jeff says he’s never seen me so happy as when I got to the top of Col de la Seigne and indeed it was one of the great moments. We bounded down the Italian side like chamoix and entered the Val Veni, a wild, beautiful glacier valley flanked by giant buttresses of stone mountains but flat with glacial rivers winding through.
Came to Refuggio Elisabetta about an hour later, the most beautiful of the refuges I saw, tucked up on a ledge looking out over an ancient, intense blue and white, retreating glacier pouring down from the peak of Mont Blanc.
We were going to spend the night at Elisabetta but we got there about 1 p.m. and decided not to stay but to go on to Courmayeur, a good-sized town on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Walked down for about an hour and a half, along the streams and lakes pouring down from the glaciers, and then down a paved road alongside the rushing, plunging Veni River. On our left throughout the walk were these high serrated ridges, nearly as high as 15,700 foot Mont Blanc itself. I am more convinced than ever (after having this conviction in 2000 when we hiked in the Bernese Oberland and saw the Rotthorn, the Eiger and the Jungfrau) that Tolkein hiked these trails. This was the landscape of Mordor’s Mountains of Shadow and the Veni made me think of the rapids of the Sarn Gabir.

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