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goes hiking in northern Italy,
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.
Ms Marlowe Tyson Peck was able to take time from her busy schedule to come over
for a two-week visit in mid- to late August 2002, during which time she camped
on Mont Tendre, hiked in Italy, and went to see Colmar and Strasbourg in nearby
France. And played computer games.
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.
are some of Marlowe's hikes on the south side of the Alps, but first . . .
her visits to Colmar and Strasbourg and her hikes in northern Italy, Marlowe looked
in at the Castle of Grandson on Lac Neuchâtel for an afternoon, and then
. . .
with her own halo on a hike to the Chalet à Roch Dessus (more
wall paintings here). Now we're off to Italy in good earnest . . .
T. Peck at the Grand St. Bernard pass from Switzerland over into Italy, with the
famous smelly Grand Saint Bernard dog kennels up on the right.
friend Lisa, and Marlowe at the Grand St. Bernard pass, with Switzerland behind,
preparing now to drive down the far side of the pass to the Val d'Aosta, and then
turn up into the Valpelline, and then turn up into the Val d'Ollomont, for some
hiking and hearty dining. (Photo credit: Dante (André).)
and almost-doctor Andrea (Dante) preparing to walk up a path through the headwall
near the waterfall to a hanging valley part-way up towards the passes over to
Switzerland (down which Marlowe's dad and friends stumbled just a few weeks earlier).
part-way up the path, a view back down at the Val d'Ollomont, with the village
of Vaud (1482m) in the center, a "suburb" as it were of the village
of Ollomont (1356m), and the genuinely strange hotel Mont Gelé just visible
as the view turns round the tree-covered buttress on the left.
building, or half a farm building apparently, of Cheval Blanc (2009m) in the hanging
valley of By -- this is as far as we're going up today.
Cheval Blanc, André, Lisa, and Marlowe view abandoned farms in the hanging
valley to the left and prepare to dart downwards towards dinner.
near "Glacier", heading for the Hotel Mont Gelé and dinner in
in Ollomont the next morning, drawing attention to the wonderful stone-and-wood
architectural combinations characteristic of the region.
dam of Place Moulin (1960m) at the head of the Valpelline, almost-Dr André,
Marlowe, and Lisa prepare to march to the Rifugio Prarayer, a rainy ways to the
for Prarayer -- the last time Mr Peck was here (a
mere month earlier) it was bucketing down with rain, so this drizzle can be
seen as a blessing.
hiking in northern Italy, August 2002.
Rifugio di Prarayer in the distance, and Mr Peck's route a month ago up to the
di Prarayer, with the lake of Place Moulin extending southward. Here, Lisa ate
some soup and we went home, vowing to come back another day, Bog willing.
Another hike to the Rifugio di Prarayer, October 2014
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative,
rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 27 October 2002, revised 18 December
2006, 30 April 2013.