9.Chamonix, Le Tour, Charamillon, Les Autannes, Col de Balme, Aiguillette des Posettes

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Got bus no 2 from Chamonix up to Le Tour,
Got bus no 2 from Chamonix up to Le Tour,

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Then the Charamillon Gondola
Then the Charamillon Gondola

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Followed by Les Autannes chairlift to the top
Followed by Les Autannes chairlift to the top

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And then headed for the Col de Balme
And then headed for the Col de Balme

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A broad track to the Col de Balme
A broad track to the Col de Balme

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Col de Balme
Col de Balme

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At the Col de Balme
At the Col de Balme

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At the Col de Balme
At the Col de Balme

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Heading for Col de Posettes
Heading for Col de Posettes

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Flower meadows at the Col de Balme
Flower meadows at the Col de Balme

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Gentian
Gentian

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Orchids
Orchids

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Red Pyramid Orchid
Red Pyramid Orchid

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Looking down at Le Tour
Looking down at Le Tour

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Gentian
Gentian

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Gentian
Gentian

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Primula spp
Primula spp

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Drifts of orcids in a wetter area
Drifts of orcids in a wetter area

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Drifts of alpine flowers
Drifts of alpine flowers

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Down to a col,and then continued onto an area of limestone pavement
Down to a col,and then continued onto an area of limestone pavement

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Fissures in the limestone
Fissures in the limestone

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Alpine pansies
Alpine pansies

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The path starts to follow a ridge
The path starts to follow a ridge

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Looking back over the wide valley with Col de Balm on the far left
Looking back over the wide valley with Col de Balm on the far left

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Views of Glacier des Grands on the far side
Views of Glacier des Grands on the far side

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Towards the end of the ridge the limestone turns to slate
Towards the end of the ridge the limestone turns to slate

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Aiguillette des Posettes. We continued down the ridge south before taking a path to the left
Aiguillette des Posettes. We continued down the ridge south before taking a path to the left

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The sedums love this slate rock
The sedums love this slate rock

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Turning for the path to Le Tour
Turning for the path to Le Tour

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The path drops through several areas where the slate has been quarried
The path drops through several areas where the slate has been quarried

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Slate quarries
Slate quarries

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Another view of Glacier des Grands
Another view of Glacier des Grands

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Almost back at the bus stop  at Le Tour
Almost back at the bus stop  at Le Tour
A good path all the way down

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