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We spent four brilliant days around Savines-le-Lac at the Hotel des Chaumettes. Our view of the lake was perfect pretty much everyday we were there. I went rock climbing one morning, and the two of us explored the cities, an abbey, and the hills nearby.
Climbing. I spent a morning with Charles, a french guide who lives near Mont-Dauphin. We went up to a spot of the D638 on the west side of the Durance River. We had four hours out in the monring before packing it in. None of the climbs were terribly long. I just top roped them all. The common piece of advice that Charles gave me for each climb: "trust your feet." I've heard that many a time ... I've got commitment issues.
Hiking. We went for a hike not far from St. Apollinaire. The sky was gorgeous blue and there was a lake at the end of the road. Marjie hung out at the lake while I climbed up the mountain. I didn't make it to Pic de Chabrieres, but I did see it off in the distance. It was great to be out hiking and the view was stunning. In the distance, I could see snow capped peaks. So many mountains, so little time.
Gap City. To go climbing, I needed shoes. Though I own a pair, they were in Vietnam and let's face it, vacation is an excuse to shop for things. My justification is that the pair I have is about 7 years old and has seen at least two salty deep water solo-ing trips to Cat Ba Island. Buying a new pair of shoes for a climbing trip seems justified.
I hit up the outdoor store Vertige Montagne in Gap while Marjie feasted at McDonalds. We also bought a whole bunch of roadtrip gear at the equivalent of Target. There were cute little glasses, a cheap cooler, silverware, a map, and probably one or two other items. Though Savines-le-Lac may be small, there is a big-enough city about one hour drive down the road.