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de la Latte
visit in February 1988
Rochers de la Latte lie seven kilometres from Leysin, a long ridge running off
the north end of the Tour de Famelon and the rocks slanting down into the valley
of the Hongrin.
lovely Tour de Famelon (2137m), seen from Les Chaux to the north, with the ridge
of the Rochers de la Latte running off to the right, in the 1980s. This a really
out-of-the-way place. The village of Leysin lies about 7km leftward on the far
side of Famelon.
visit in February 1988
short pre-lunch break on a balcony somewhere above the Pierre du Moëllé,
having hiked up from La Comballaz bound for the Rochers de la Latte. Mark in the
foreground, Sir Charles Berman discussing politics with himself on the right.
was our first buddy, from about the age of 4 in Bergenfield, New Jersey, through
high school in Woodcliff Lake, etc. Eventually he went the lawyerly route in the
USA, and we . . . well, other things came up. In February 1988 Mark and family
came to Europe for a week of serious skiing in Zermatt and, before that, a week
with us in Leysin to catch up on life issues and check out the Pré-Alps.
remember this vividly because they were due to arrive on 5 February, and by the
3rd we still had virtually no snow at all in the Alps. The "Snow Famine",
it was called at the time (making real famine victims in Somalia and Ethiopia
envious, probably), but the big snow came on the 4th, and I've always wondered
whether Mark was able to arrange that somehow.
d'Or in the background up on the left, we've come up from Pierre du Moëllé
onto the first part of the ridge.
lunch at a little hut
is a beautiful day, and a lot of fun.
d'Or is in the background
bonne fondue has been mentioned for this evening, so it may be time to turn around
and go home now.
Mont d'Or on the left and the Diablerets in the background, we're getting ready
to schuss down to dinner.
bonne fondue has been mentioned.
Mark, and Robin and a bonne fondue in Chalet Pollux, Jane and Marlowe hovering
nearby, and a pair of sealskins drying out in the background.
A few years later: Getting
onto Rochers de la Latte the hard way
of Leysin local mountain photos
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All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 9 February 2008, revised 16 March 2014.