Peck's personal Web site
eventful, but in a quiet way
round the world some of them were trying in vain to convince the rest of us that
it would be a fun idea to go bomb a lot of the folks down in Iraq, D. Peck and
friends spent the fall and winter hiding out in the safest place they could think
de la Neuve in 2003
may not find this interesting unless you're included here, so this is a good time
for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the
sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
January 2003: Prof. Pirri sets out for the Crêt de la Neuve from Marchairuz
on a beautiful day, with the other guy tagging along behind.
Straight up, as usual
Pirri bushwhacking the forests of the Jura, with confidence.
is guiding us to the Crêt de la Neuve, unerringly but by
a roundabout route; but frankly, I think he's lost.
near La Neuve on a brilliant day, but, due to Dr Pirri's late rising on Saturdays,
there's not enough time to make it to the Crêt de la Neuve today.
employs cajolery, ridicule, senseless bribes, and even blackmail to get Dr
Pirri to continue to la Neuve, but no avail. Blackmail never works with
Dr Pirri; the worst is well known already.
beautiful meadows near La Neuve on 25 January 2003.
last longing look, and then heading for home.
route back on the Chemin des Crêtes
unsuccessful 25 January expedition to Crêt de la Neuve was turned back by
fine weather; we'll seek a later opportunity to conquer the summit.
abject failure, this time, we'll start the whole thing over next week.
Starting from Longirod this time, and passing the Reguéla meadows, 2 February 2003
Dr Pirri setting a brisk pace
We're passing the farm at Les Frasses now, on schedule.
Les Frasses, with Geneva and the lake in the background
A little hut in the forest near Les Frasses
Now we're passing the farm at Petit Prés de Rolle on a very grey day
February 2003, the same two determined hikers assaulted the Crêt de la Neuve
from below and here approach the top ridge.
Pirri displays his legendary grit and determination by breaking trail onto the
true summit (the cross, left) and the false summit (the flag, right), with a tree
in the middle.
Pirri on Crêt de la Neuve in rapidly declining weather, early February 2003. The
flag's in tatters again, alas.
Pirri and a Peck on Crêt de la Neuve in . . . rapidly declining weather.
summit cross, World Wetlands Day (2 February) 2003.
Chemin des Crêtes from La Neuve, pointing towards St Cergue.
Joe descending through one of the gulleys off Crêt de la Neuve.
Hope springs eternal
Pirri struggling with a stone wall in the trackless forest
Down a hole goes Dr. Pirri.
Earth tries to swallow Dr Pirri, but then reconsiders, and gags him back up again.
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