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Winter 2016-2017

In the awful, hopefully only, Year of Trump



You 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.

A few views of a walk up the Pointe de Poêle Chaud

We've been here a thousand times, but it's still fun.

We've started out from the restaurant and farm of the Couvaloup de Crans (1290m), on a one-lane road from the Col de la Givrine above St-Cergue, and virtually on the frontier with France, 9 October 2016. This is a ski-run down from La Dôle above us.

Fast forward: we've passed the farm of Poêle Chaud (1465m) and the Col de Porte (1558m), just behind and below those Swiss and Vaudoise flags. La Dôle (1677m) and the top of the skilifts loom.

Dr Joe approaches the top of the Pointe de Poêle Chaud, for about the 200th time. We've taken the roundabout hiking path, because we're not psychologically ready today for any of the direct straight-up scrambles.

At the top of the Pointe de Poêle Chaud, 1628m, this is what for years I assumed was a meteorological station, until I learned from Mr Misteli that it is the French-Swiss amateur radio relay station La Glutte, built in about 1977.

La Dôle

With the zoom on, this is La Barillette, with communications installations overlooking Lake Geneva.

We're starting down now.

A look below at the rail station at the Col de la Givrine and the mountain of Le Noirmont across the way

Northeastward down the ridge towards the Pointe de Fin Château (1555m), but . . .

. . . before that, we turn down into the uncharted forest, following signals from our failing memories.

We're soon lost.

But still confident

In the end, we hooked up with a forestry track, the wrong one as it happens, but one which eventually got us out to pastures within sight of the Couvaloup de Crans.

This is a charming billboard advertisement in the Nyon train station. An hour's journey home, with a paperback Nordic Noir novel.


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