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Grottes de Naye
of a few more trips through the caves
Grottes de Naye are a complicated reticulum of channels,
tunnels, sinkholes, and nasty cracks in the limestone left behind when the glacier
inside the Rochers de Naye mountain, above Montreux, Switzerland, melted out early
in the 20th century. Scuba-spelunkers can wander about at their leisure in the
vast and narrow subterranean passages, but hikers pursue a 20-minute slippery,
muddy dash upward, or slide downward, by following little trailmarkers, or just
keeping always to their left (upward) or right (downward).
accompanying the narrator on his first trip through the Grottes de Naye, October
1980 -- starting out at the bottom (above), and (right) very pleased to reach
the top of the ridge after a horrific time on the snow above the upper exit of
entering the bottom of the caves, 5 July 1981 (snow lasts longer at the bottom
entrance to the caves because it lies at the base of an avalanche route off the
following Fritz. (Faulty camera, sorry.)
this time: 2/3 of the way up, the route was blocked by ice, and the hikers returned
to the lower entrance (Fritz and Kris climbing out again). Jane and Fritz (below)
are thinking up a different hike to go on, rather than lose the day.
Kim, Jamie, and Bill at the bottom entrance, September 1992.
and Kim leaving the top entrance
Bill, Jamie, and Kim on the path from the upper entrance to the top of the ridge.
No external stairway in those days.
Kim, and Jamie at the top of the ridge, with the old warning sign.
Marlowe's trip through the cave, September 1992
Peck's trip through the caves in mid-September 1992. See
it all here.
Pirri's enthusiastic trip through the caves in September 2003. More
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 22 September 2003, revised 6 October
2006, 7 February 2014.