Posted on September 16, 2018Day 25 – Not For the Acrophobic… Today’s 29km walk into Briançon crossed some seriously cool terrain, and rode a high, exposed ridge for half of the time, as I took the high level GR-5C alternate route. That’s the ridge, but I gotta hike down from this col to get to it, and then hike up that valley on the right! A nice spot to stop for coffee in the valley. Even a simple picnic table can really make you feel civilized when you’ve had nothing but dirt and grass to sit on for so long The 1,000m ascent to the ridge Through beautiful, Sierra-like coniferous forests The beautiful Lac Cristol, last water source to Briancon Views from the col, where the ridge walk begins Ridge walking along that path on the left Panoramic views from here on Glaciers! One more set of climbs, ridge walking is always a lot of small ups and downs I was obsessed with these glacial mountains behind me! A little steep.. Looking back down the ridge from the Croix de Cime One final stretch.. Croix de Toulouse This descent was super steep and precarious! But nothing a little caution and some good boots and batons can’t handle After descending 1,300m, I come to the walled city of Briançon! Home for tonight. View from the lower ramparts Home sweet home! Good night!