/ Alpine Huts.... Can i take my own food ?
Heading to Chamonix in a few weeks and will be staying in the Albert, Argentiére and the Couvercle huts.
To keep costs down can you take your own food for them to cook there, or buy hot water for Mountain-House type meals.
Any advice would be helpful
They will not cook it for you, but you can buy hot water at all the huts and there is usually a separate area for people to cook their own food.
Most French huts allow you to cook your own food and have a room known as a 'Salle hors sac'. The guardians don't like it much as they make their money from food but you are entitled to do it. I've done so in the Argentiere with a with my own stove with no problems.
Can you buy screw thread gas canisters from chamonix? i know threaded aren't usually available in France but iv read on some forums that you can get them.
Or is it better to just get a converter ?
It's no problem at all getting screw thread primus canisters in Cham, I'm not sure where this UKC myth has appeared from...
Back in the early 1980s threaded gas cartridges were quite hard to get hold of in Chamonix - it was either Camping Gaz or nothing. I think you could get plain butane ones from hardware stores as they are used for blow-torches. By 1985 it was relatively easy (if expensive) to get EpiGas (as it was then) butane/propane cartridges.
Absolutely, you can get them at most of the sports shops in Cham (snell etc.) The tiny ones are suitable for a 1-2 night bivi I found.
thanks for the info guys
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