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Dent de Morcles
the Alps begin
2970m, the Dent de Morcles stands above
the valley of the Rhône river towns of St.-Maurice and Evionnaz like one
of two sentinels over the narrow defile of the river. With Les
Dents du Midi on the far side, the pair make up one of the "Fortresses"
of bygone Swiss military strategy, both of them ornamenting the stunning views
from every south-facing window in Leysin.
from the trailhead directly below, a fine day in September 1982.
little path winds up from the valley of Javerne to the north, over a ridge called
La Tourche (2198m), and around some military facilities at the top of the vegetation
(2156m) called Rionda, and then straight up into the rocks.
little path can be seen coming up onto the upper reaches of the mountain, and
that's the Mighty River Rhône, two miles below, in the upper right.
too, shows the Rhône river and the town of St.-Maurice.
companion Jane, on a warm and pleasant day in September 1982.
still a ways from the top, but very near a Swiss military gun emplacement set
into the rocks and served by some kind of elevator inside the mountain.
of loose and slidy rock and sand. Leysin's Tour d'Aï and Tour de Mayen on
the far horizon.
companion Jane in the upper reaches of the mountain.
companion Jane, September 1982.
The way forward
the Dents du Midi can be seen on the far side of the Rhône valley.
(Some more photos of the Dents du Midi are available
to go home. Hiking companion Jane heads on back down the path as the narrator
takes a last few photographs.
up! I'm changing the film!"
pause to get acquainted with some of the local residents, near La Tourche on the
way off the mountain.
Dent de Morcles looming over Ollon, Christmas Eve 2006
de Morcles from the Centre Commercial de Collombey near Monthey, Christmas Eve
de Morcles from Villars, Christmas Day 2007
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All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 24 August 2002, revised 11 April
2008, 4 August 2014.