A night at a refuge
Togetherness and great tips
After an amazing day out feasting your eyes on the hiking trails of the Southern Alps, your legs will probably be feeling a little wobbly! Head to your refuge in the late afternoon, set down your backpack at the end of the bed, jump into the shower (go easy on the water – it’s rare up here) and settle down on the terrace or in the common room. Little by little, you’ll begin striking up conversations with the other hikers as you share the day’s adventures before dinner (usually served at around 7 p.m.). The atmosphere is always great and promises a lively evening before everyone turns in early. It’s time to head to the dormitory: most refuges now offer duvets or blankets so you can forget about your sleeping bag, but do bring along your sleeping bag liner. Slip between the sheets and drift into sweet dreams of your coming mountain escapades… Practical-minded hikers will also want to keep a headlamp handy in case they wake up in the night. Bonne nuit!