Today promises the prospect of a hot shower when we reach the ski resort of Haut Asco. We head down into the Spasimata gorge and we take it in turns to cross the suspension bridge at the bottom and up the slabs opposite – easy enough in the dry conditions.
We stop for a spot of lunch at Lac de la Muvrella (1,860m) after a couple of hours. I am feeling particularly strong today and can almost keep pace with Alan. Cat and Ali are employing a more energy conserving pace but soon join us at the lake.
We head upwards on an alternating stony and rocky path and a couple of hours later start the long, one hour, descent to Haut Asco. We decide to book into a dormitory at Refuge Asco-Stagnu here rather than camp – As a true gentleman I let the girls each take their turn in the hot shower before me. However, the water is cold by the time I get in!
We spend the evening in the restaurant at the Hotel le Chalet enjoying the plentiful food and wine and discuss a detour off the GR20 tomorrow – we plan to leave our rucksacks at Haut Asco and make the ascent of Corsica’s highest mountain, Monte Cinto (2,706m).