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week in the Valaisan Alps, 1995
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.
The year is 1995,
the day is crappy. Mr Charles Berman and Mr Steve Mackenzie have come to
Switzerland to breathe the clear mountain air and ski for a week in the canton
1: Ski up to the Grand St. Bernard
on the first day, a snowstorm and white-out: 20 March 1995.
ready to go anyway. Here they are setting out for the Col du Grand St. Bernard,
which is up there to the left . . . or more over towards the right . . . or maybe
. . . or, or maybe not.
by Mr Peck, pretty much lost as usual -- so Mr Mackenzie points the way towards
the goal, the Col du Grand St. Bernard. Just UP will have to do.
-- This way?
a safety refuge halfway up offers a pleasant place for a nice lunch.
chilly day in the Valaisan Alps, as the fog lifts, or gets left behind
as the Grand St. Bernard comes in sight, the weather lightens.
Mackenzie still pointing upward, as a kind of reflex, but from here we're just
taking a jog over to . . .
. . . the Italian side. No room at this inn. Locked up tight.
-- Turn around and smile, boys.
that's fine, that's it for today, now it's time to go back down. Where's our track,
-- Over this way.
Back to the white-out
after a day of cross-country skiing on piste in the Saas valley . . .
. . a trip up the Lötschenthal, starting at the end of the road, the village of
about the village of Blätten looking for the trailhead: 22 March 1995
end of the cross-country ski tracks at a little restaurant at Fatleralp (1763m).
the Lötschenthal, looking up onto the Langgletscher glacier towards Hollandia
Hut on the backside of the Jungfrau.
Peck and Berman, near Hollandia Hut, ready to start back down and thinking . .
mysterious buried village of the Lötschenthal. What DO these people do for a laugh?
Goodbye to the Lötschenthal
gents were spending the week at a borrowed chalet high above Brig in the canton of Valais, joined by Mme L. Durham, who was not,
however, on holidays and studied throughout the week.
now, after some more cross-country skiing in the Obergoms valley . . .
. . . like this, it's time to
vacate the premises and . . .
back to Leysin. (Or
above Leysin, in fact.)
Mackenzie then of Maine, USA [later of the South Pacific], skiing a well-trodden
path up towards the Tour de Famelon near Leysin, Switzerland, 24 March 1995. People
who are unfamiliar with the Leysin region may be surprised to know that the big
rock in the upper left, the Pierre du Moëllé,
is hollow and filled with old Swiss army gun emplacements.
Berman leads from Moëllé towards the Rochers de la Latte on back side
of the Tour du Famelon, March 1995.
pause: Mr Mackenzie and Mr Peck
pause, same two fellows -- the wonderful Tour de Famelon behind.
Elio's restaurant, Le Grotta, in Leysin, spring 1995: Prof Berman, Mr Peck,
Mr Allan Rankin, and Mr. Mackenzie.
is one of our last good pictures of Allan (center), who passed away in early 2003
after having pretty much created the Classic Anglophone Leysin with his Club Vagabond
in the early 1960s.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 31 October 1999, revised 8 October
2006, 15 March 2014, 3 June 2019.