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Hikes all round the old venues
2002 swooped in fast, blasted by over our heads with an acrid smell, and disappeared
over the horizon. Mr D. Peck, for a large number of work-related reasons, was
unable to plan any holidays from 2001 right all the way through 2002, and probably
well into the spring of 2003 for that matter. He snatched an hour or two when
he could, of course, but when Mr C. Berman came to Europe
in July -- it was his turn, we've had to go to the USA for the past two
summers -- he was pretty much on his own.
Berman, in a fit of nostalgia, drags old friends up some of their old favorites,
in uniformly inclement weather.
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.
Berman, in fairly awful weather on 13 July 2002, dashes up one of his favorites,
the Dent de Jaman above Montreux, recalling other visits some
quarter century earlier.
We're almost there
up, touch the summit cross, and head for the pub -- Mr Peck picks his muddy way
down the Dent de Jaman in pursuit of Prof Berman, who's got the lunch bag.
Tour de Famelon
Portentously in front of the Tour de Famelon, July 2002, here are two gentlemen
who first snowshoed here when Jimmy Carter was trying in vain to impart a little
decency to the US presidency.
there! Here we are in the rain!" Profs Durham and Peck above Bryon heading
for Truex and Famelon, July 2002.
question to yourself. Was Nick Carraway a homosexual? Whether or not you have
strong opinions about The Great Gatsby, try
to imagine yourself arguing about them in the chilly rain near Famelon.
enjoying an appalled moment at the back of Sur les Truex above Leysin (chocolate wrappers tossed in the limestone crevices), not far
from his old snowcaving venues.
Now we'll go to the Tour de Famelon
Berman pauses on the Tour de Famelon to sneer.
Berman, having been a decade away from his old haunts above Leysin, Switzerland,
dashes up Tour de Famelon, July 2002.
Peck follows him at a more dignified pace, as befits his present station in life.
on Famelon, July 2002. This is merely the most recent of 2,433 photographs of
these same two gentlemen dining on the Tour de Famelon, 2,432 of which you will
be spared, for the moment.
En route back down to Les Fers
down from Famelon (background) to the Chalet des Fers to rejoin Ms Durham, Rosie
obligingly snapping off half a roll on us in fairly stormy weather.
the other way round, the same malefactors with the Chamossaire in the background
again from Les Fers (thanks, Rosie), with Mont d'Or up on the left.
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