Peck's personal Web site
The winter spent mostly looking for big holes
Autumn hikes -- waiting for the snow
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.
Winter's coming on. After a last November ride up to the Chalet du Mont Tendre, it's time to give our old friend Humvee a good bath and put him or her away for the next few months.
Joe and Lisa, going up Mont Tendre "the hard way", waiting for more snow in early November 2001
Joe taking an important phone call on Mont Tendre.
Dent de Jaman
Mr Peck and Mr Joe Pirri, following trustingly
along after Mr Dan Hinckley, find the trail signs near the Station de Jaman all
rimey and iced up illegibly, 10 November 2001.
Montreux-Rochers de Naye cograil line can be seen snaking out of its tunnel on
the ridge and up into the mountain tunnel to the Rochers de Naye summit. Great
views down onto Lake Geneva on a clear day. Great thermals for the parapenters
(above) about who's been knocking the beautiful ice off the pole (Joe did it,).
Hinckley joins the narrator at the rimey trail sign.
Antics Troupe practicing its tap-dancing routines for a possible run on
the dinner-theatre circuit in the Cleveland and Shaker Heights area.
to head down, lamentably, Sly Joe Pirri leads the party back into a world that
seems to be getting harder and harder to go back to, don't you find?
Chalet à Roch Dessus
Prof Pirri poses before the Chalet à Roch Dessus, late November 2001. (Luckily, he's not wearing his patriotic USA suspenders today.)
painted above the shuttered window says "Restore the old houses instead of
building new ones". In Switzerland, that's really good advice; in the USA,
only rarely does it make much sense. Why bother to restore a cheesy 60-year-old
The narrator, in his insufferable vanity, obscures some of the best parts of the
painting. Get out of the way, you presumptuous git!
Trois Suisses -- the Iconic Three from the small central Swiss cantons
of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwald who on the 1st of August 1291 took an oath to resist
the Hapsburg's empire and win independence. Like George Washington with hoodies on.
shields of the Canton of Vaud and the Swiss Confederation, and two more I don't
Peck and Pirri revel in the neat wall art and prepare to descend again before
night tumbles in upon them in the forest. Late November 2001, the Chalet à Roch Dessus.
Monts Sâla and Pelé
Mont Sâla looming, 9 December 2001. We're headed up the front of it.
Dr Pirri gazing up at the cross on the top of Mont Sâla
Narrator keeping discreetly out of the way of a panoramic shot of the Dents du Midi in the centre.
Pirri, not content simply to wait for good snow, accompanies us scrambling up the front of nearby Mont Pelé, 16 December 2001
-- better than playing canasta with the menfolk over cigars after large Sunday
family lunches at the auberge down the street. But we're still awaiting
some decent snow.
Where, in mid-December, is all the snow?
not, Prof. Pirri, snow is coming soon."
-- soon -- we will be back upon our snowshoes once again. Buy a few magazines
about celebrities to occupy your idle hours and don't fret anymore. Soon the snow
narrator on top of Mont Pelé, scanning the horizon for snow. Nada so far.
Cold enough it is, but no snow
Crêt de la Neuve
Crêt de la Neuve, 23 December 2001 -- only a little wee tiny bit of snow so far
At Crêt de la Neuve
Dr Pirri contemplating profundity near the Pré de Rolle, 23 December 2001
Marlowe's Christmas visit
snow for the Christmas season, as Ms Marlowe Peck makes her annual
Yuletide visit to the old country.
wall hopping in the new snow, the forest of Grande Rolat, 30 December 2001
Dr Pirri tempting fate
wall hopping in the new snow, the forest of Grande Rolat, 5 January 2002
Dr Pirri parading his USA suspenders and patriotism and . . .
. . . falling straight down into a hole in the forest floor.
2001, of tearful memory, ends with a hard landing for Dr Peck, captured for an unsympathetic posterity by Dr Pirri with his
panorama switch set on to get the full extent of this bone-jarring misfortune
from close by. Schadenfreude is the word most
frequently used of friends like Dr Pirri.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 6 August 2008, revised 11 January 2014.