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    12 April 2007

    The Maritime Alps Revisited (Easter Sunday and Monday)

    First thing Sunday we headed up to La Colmiane and set off on the GR5, traversing Mt. Chalancha and Mt. Tournairet on our way to Granges de la Brasque. The going was tough in places - the ground was soggy due to recent snow melt and there was even some snow remaining on the less sun-exposed slopes. The weather was threatening which provided a bit of an atmosphere (!)

    The descent from Granges de la Brasque to Lantosque was fantastic in every way. One of the longest descents (i.e. NO uphill) I've ever done on some of the most varied singletrack I've ever witnessed. I'm hoping that there are many more like this in the Vesubie area. We will find that out in May.

    On Sunday I was left to my own devices as Melissa had gone to the beach early. I ascended out of Sospel to the Baisse de Scuvion (1168m), descended to the Col de Razet via a narrow trail with exposure to the left. I then turned right onto a rockier, more challenging track to the Col St.Bernard before taking the silly steep and loose option down towards Monti and then on to Menton (& Melissa). The final section of this was very pleasant singletrack through fields, hamlets and orchards.


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