Searching For Lac De Roy

Reflection, French Alps

I went searching for Lac de Roy in the French Alps and all I found was this small puddle. After about 4 hours of hiking with no navigation equipment this was as good as it was going to get. I guess I really need to update my tech! Or at least take a map.

Since there was no distinct path I ended up going a bit cross country, wherever my camera eye decided was best. Fortunately I spotted this collection of water that I thought might provide some foreground interest. It was pretty damp and I was very thankful for my waterproof shoes!

After returning home I discovered that I actually got really close to Lac de Roy, it was just a few hundred metres the other side of a peak I decided not to traverse. So I’ve looked up a shorter, more simple route for the next time I’m in this beautiful area of the Alps.

16 thoughts on “Searching For Lac De Roy

    1. Ben Post author

      They are indeed. Although if I had one I would probably not have discovered this puddle so there are pros and cons. Sometimes it’s fun to explore having no idea where you are going!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Barb, it’s for unexpected scenes like this that I enjoy exploring the mountains so much. There is such simple beauty in nature!

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  1. Heyjude

    Haha, reminds me of last week when we went looking for Tarn Hows nr Coniston. Driving I may add. We followed the signs even though I was convinced we were going around in circles and then found what looked like a parking space nr a gate with a public footpath sign to Tarn Hows. We were doubtful, but nevertheless set off on a track through woodland for a couple of miles, then onto grassland. No indication of how far we had to go. Gave up and returned to the car. A mile further on along the road we found a huge NT car-park and Tarn Hows. Too big to miss! And looking at the surroundings I’m convinced we were just over the hill from it! Sue is right – take a map!

    PS You got a lovely photograph though. And we got some well-needed exercise πŸ˜‰

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    1. Ben Post author

      Haha, sounds like you had quite an adventure Jude! You can end up in some pretty precarious spots in the car if you’re not sure where you’re going. At least you found it in the end! Did you still have time to explore Tarn Hows after your unexpected detour? It looks like a beautiful spot.

      I’ll definitely be taking a map next time if I’m not sure of my route. It can be quite tiring on the mountain even if you only walk in the wrong direction for a few minutes. Especially in the afternoon sun!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Haha, I’ve just been looking for pictures of the Thames Head and there doesn’t seem to be any water in any of them. Sounds like it is disputed as the source of the Thames and I can see why!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Hi Yaron, it’s a small lake in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps. Hopefully one day I will actually find it so I can post some photos here on the blog!

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  2. SPFischer

    This beautiful scene is a great trade-off for not finding the lake! Really, is there anything not to love about a day spent hiking in the Alps πŸ˜‰

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    1. Ben Post author

      Haha, there really isn’t! Except the sunburn I foolishly got on this visit. I’ll be making sure that doesn’t happen again this year!

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