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Holes of the Jura

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La Glacière de Saint George

La Glacière de Saint George, deep in the forest a few kilometres and 350 vertical meters uphill from the village of St George above Rolle.

February 2002

With fencing thoughtfully built round some of it, and ladders leading downward about 15 meters to a broad ledge, then another 15 meters or so to a floor with permanent ice and passages leading off in several directions, the "Gouffre", or "abyss", is a protected natural monument and accessible only by a path through the forest.

Despite the Forest Service's best efforts to warn passersby off, footprints in the snow can be clearly seen leading down to the ladders. On a dark day in February 2002, we know whose footprints they were not.

(The single-track road that passes to the northeast, at 1250m, leads down to the village of St.-George; the road to the south, at 1320m, leads down to Longirod.)

from SwitzerlandMobility (http://map.schweizmobil.ch/?lang=en)

It's still here two years later, 29 February 2004.

The Glacière de St-George, so-called because it's got permanent ice in the lower passages and because it's above the village of St-George (of dragon fame)

Ladders are thoughtfully placed at intervals down to the bottom, where passages lead off in several directions.

From the bottom I once tried to squeeze off though a few of them, lucklessly, as they were clearly intended for skinny people.

The sign hanging from the gateway tries to dissuade people from descending in winter. No worries.

Joe and Marlowe visiting the Gouffre on 30 December 2004

Kristin at the Glacière, 12 October 2013

Very big holes of the Jura

La Glacière de Saint George

The Grande Baume du Pré d'Aubonne

The Glacière de St-Livres

Glacier de Petit Cunay

Grotte à Chenuz


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Holes of the Jura


Very large holes