Flat and cool along the then up up up 400m ( bloody hot) to Cascade de Combe Noir(photo) then Chalet de Nant Borant for an early lunch (Photo).
The second half of the day was all climbing up to col de la Croix du Bonhomme at 2479m where we past a Refugio that we had chosen not to stay at rather we descended for two hours to les Chapieux and the Refugio de la nova.
Guide Book fuck up no 2.
We arrived at the Refugio de la Nova only to find they didn't have our booking. This is a building in the middle of nowhere with no other options. Turns out the guide book had the number of this Refugio wrong and we had instead booked the Refugio 2hrs back up the hill. There was no way we could climb that. The Refugio people were really helpful. They managed to find us a tiny old caravan in the camp ground that some local owned, gave us blankets and fed us in there lodge.