may not find this terribly rewarding 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.
de Bière, La Perrause, Grandes Chaumilles, and more and more new snow.
been raining in the villages all week, but not up on the Jura ridges. On a stormy
weekend, we seem to have the whole place to ourselves.
at Pré de Bière, 18 February 2006,
not far from the Marchairuz road, in a bucketload of new snow, about knee-deep
with snowshoes on.
a blustery day, the narrator plodded and swam past the Pré de Bière
farm towards La Perrause, frequently wishing he hadn't.
de Bière farm with the wind at full throttle
Perrause, another kilometre or two farther on, and over an hour's toil and
trouble knee-deep in white smoosh.
knee-deep in white smoosh.
Perrause in a strong wind, 18 February 2006, with Grand Cunay up in the background
round La Perrause and then bolting back for the car.
to say, one is following his own track out of here, as nearly as one can still
a relief, back to our beloved Volkswagen, named "Günther", as night
closes in on the Col du Marchairuz.
business: we're back the next day in temporarily better weather, 19 February 2006.
farm at Pré de Bière is somewhat more inviting with the sun on it.
are some other hikers having a little bite of lunch under the eaves there, so
we'll pass on by and won't disturb them. Perhaps, as we're only about 200m from
the highway at this point, they're not so much "hikers lunching" as
they are "lunchers".
bound still for La Perrause, following the track one has so laboriously created
yesterday, and . . . perhaps . . . beyond. (The Col du Marchairuz is just above
the chimney in this view of the Pré de Bière farm.)
La Perrause again, much easier this time following yesterday's track, and . .
. . this time we've got help, the Doctors Durham, practicing their song and dance
routines along the way.
and Dr Durham at La Perrause, unfortunately having come to the end of yesterday's
pre-packed snowshoe trail, condemned now to break new heavy wet smoosh towards
solar panels at La Perrause.
in deep snow, sometimes with snowshoes on, sometimes with them off.
still in deep snow, frequently with snowshoes that have somehow got unattached.
Doctors Durham Dancing.
regretful glance back at La Perrause through serious smoosh.
same, with zoom on
pause in the hike to recover a fallen Durham
Up we get
Durham approaches the farm at Grandes Chaumilles, 19 November.
Here they come
little cheese packets at Grandes Chaumilles
and a special kind of bread.
Grandes Chaumilles zoom-looking southwest, first La Perrause and, in the far distance,
La Dôle about 20km off.
Durham briefly enters another cognitive universe, then comes back to ours.
welcome the onset of a new snowstorm to put a splendid finish on the day.
ACS professors hold reunions in unlikely places.
now become "blizzard", it's still hard to get some hikers to give it
up and get back to "Wolfgang" the Volkswagen in time to get over the
pass at Marchairuz before we can't until next week.