The route leaves and reenters the Ecrins National Park at various points.
Refuge de Vallonpierre. A marvelous setting and a wonderful salad. Vegetables!
Typical signage. The GR54 uses the familiar red and white swaths. The paths within the Parc national des Ecrins use a red, white and blue swath...the French flag. Where there is overlap of routes, there is potential for confusion. There are no true route finding challenges.
My broken stick. A segment splintered on one side of the joint. I approximated the ends of the affected segments and splinted it with duck tape applied vertically. I then wrapped duct tape around the stick. This held surprisingly well. The stick did not fail.
Gîte d'étape le Béranger. An EXCELLENT dinner with fine conversation. A bright cheerful dorm room to myself. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
The path approaches Col de la Muzelle.
I walked during the end of July. The flowers were spectacular. For the most part, there were few people. On the weekend, there were more people. In the more remote sections, I might encounter 5 people in a day while walking. Naturally, the readily road accessible portions of this walk are more heavily used.
FINISHED. I would not put this walk high on my list. I finished it because I started it. There IS some beautiful scenery. Some fantastic days.
Out of commission for 18 months with a very difficult thoracic spine injury and then a long illness, I had set aside 2 weeks to walk the Tour of the Vanoise, an absolutely brilliant walk! (I will post some things from that walk too.) I finished the Vanoise in 1 week. I was thrilled that I could do this again. I realized that I had time to do the GR54 as well. So this walk was a bonus.