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Year after year,
Mont Tendre, unlike western civilization,
remains as much fun as ever. This is Winter 2003-2004.
Alison's visit, October
chilly, foggy send-off on Mont Tendre, visiting
Alison Peck and her Dad gamboling at the summit -- the latter still waiting for
snow on Mont Tendre, the former soon going back to Hawaii.
the southern Foehn for two weeks, a very strong northern Bise wind on Mont Tendre,
Our hike to Mont Tendre, 8 December 2003, starts off fine. But becomes not so fine.
grey look to the mountain as we march along from the direction of Cunay and Marchairuz.
old summit pylon looming out of the fog.
Mont Tendre fenceposts at the summit.
narrator tries to imitate the right-facing
icy look of the fenceposts of Mont Tendre.
We pause to devour 8 of our 10 tuna sandwiches
and then head for home, and the empathetic sun breaks through on the return trip,
for about five minutes.
right at the fog line -- a little bit of sunburn, a little bit of windburn, a
little bit of sunburn, a little more of the windburn.
of sun over the next ridge, sauntering home propelled by a northern bise wind
in December 2003.
icy hillsides. There's recently been another military exercise on this side of
Mont Tendre, so to keep from slipping on the icy slopes you can frequently step
gingerly from shell fragment to shell fragment, doing the Shrapnel
Walk as it were.
beautiful trudging-along scenes on the southern side of Mont Tendre, dashing off
towards Marchairuz along the fog line and avoiding unexploded munitions.
not finished with Mont Tendre for this winter. This was just a warm-up. If that's the right term.
disappears near nightfall. A telephoto glance back at Mont Tendre from the meadow
of Petit Cunay, on 8 December 2003.
by recent tales of Mont Tendre, on the 14th of December Prof Pirri wanted to accompany us back to the scene, despite some fairly
uncertain weather and what looked promisingly like the first decent snowfall,
high winds blowing across Mont Tendre on the Pré de Mollens side, 14 December
occupied the time traversing the southeastern ridge of Mont Tendre by
recounting to noted cinema scholar Dr Pirri every scene, glance, poignant line
of dialogue, camera angle, and philosophical implication of the 1999 goofy western
film entitled in French "La Ville des Legends de la Ouest", which, days
later, cinema scholar Dr Pirri concluded was actually a US made-for-TV movie called
"Purgatory", with a handsome Sam Shepard playing a dead Wild Bill Hickock
and Randy Quaid aspiring for the same or nearly the same status.
weather throughout, but wild weather near the summit. Dr Pirri battens
down the hatches for the dash to the top.
then bolts for the summit pylon, in a typically Mont Tendre sort of wind.
Pirri and Peck grip the summit pylon for celebratory photos and dart back down
Mont Tendre vegetation, on the Chalet de Yens (or French-facing) side of the mountain.
Pirri plods down the wintry side of Mont Tendre, 14 December 2003.
nice view of Mont Tendre's lovely desolation.
the Cabane de Cunay, Dr Pirri no longer waits for the weather to relent, and
prepares to have a whiz.
Pirri approaching a tree and thinking about vicissitudes of life.
December 2003 ends in a glorious manner over the Jura.
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All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 27 February 2004, revised 9 June 2012.