Ski (and Bike) Blog 9th May 2018

Marmots Col du Galibier

Marmots and Bouquetins

The weather for spring touring has been too warm, no deep overnight freeze, and most days cloud and rain as well, however it has not stopped the wildlife


On Monday there was a good chance for a break in the weather and so we were up early climbing up towards the Col du Galbier just after 07:30. There were loads of marmots as you'd normally expect to hear and see but this time the numbers were just on another scale to the delight of the Rando Chiens who ran up and down manically chasing their whistles.

First major spot of the day was a bouquetin looking down at us from high above a rock face.

bouquetin col du galibier

Below was a group of six, luckliy the Les Rando Chiens did not see them!

Atop the Galibier there was so much snow that the sign was totally buried. They have started work clearing the road of snow from the Lautaret to the tunnel just below the Col but I think it will be well into June before the road is open to the top.

col du galibier snow clearing

Apart from ski touring I've been out on the bike, riding my annual first HC (Hors Categorie) climb of the year, Col de Vars, and then yesterday a ride around the stunning Lac de Serre Poncon.