Dwight Peck's personal website
accessible from the Montreux Casino and the Platinum Club
residents of the Swiss Alps may be unfamiliar with the Dent de Jaman . . .
. . but when students and staff of the American
College of Switzerland were compelled to flee Leysin pell-mell in
1980 and take up residence in temporary college buildings in Les Avants-sur-Montreux
(bottom center), it was hard to miss the Dent de Jaman (top center).
[Photo: Cathy Carey Spozio]
but with a classic look to it, Jaman sits proudly
off by itself at 1875m altitude, just below the Rochers de Naye (right, 2042m).
A late-19th century cog railway train leads up from Montreux on Lake Geneva (Lac
Léman, 375m) through Glion and Caux and reaches the ridge just to the right
of Jaman (you can see the track slanting up leftwards in this photo) to the Station
de Jaman just behind the ridge, and then bores through a tunnel rightward into
Naye eventually to the hotel at the summit.
de Jaman in an awkward moment, a winter storm in about 1980, with the railway
line having come up from the center and circled round to the Station de Jaman
(far right), and then proceeded through avalanche galleries to the entrance to
the tunnel at La Perche (from where this photograph was taken).
the other side, a summer one-lane road leads up from Caux and from Les Avants
to the Col de Jaman (from near which this photo was taken), and a fine restaurant-montagnard,
may only be two people in the world stupid enough to think that snowshoeing up
Dent de Jaman would be a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon, whilst more canny
folks are enjoying a hot dog and a warm beer at a Boston
Red Sox baseball game. This is Prof. C. Berman in 1980, pausing at the
Col de Jaman after a deep-snow slog up the murderous gulleys from Les Avants.
Berman's colleague D. C. Peck has never seen a baseball game and doesn't have
any idea what he's missing.
Berman, way back then in 1980, advances upward at a much brisker pace than he
would do now. On second thought, that's probably not true. Mr
Berman seems never to slow down. Which may
be a blessing or a curse, depending on the point of view.
they've made it, and the cross at the summit must have had something to do with
it, larding on a fair amount of undeserved luck. In retrospect, having learnt
a great deal more about avalanches in succeeding years, Mr Peck feels that this
minor success must have been a goofy lucky fluke.
following spring, 1981, the narrator and friend Jane head back on up to the Dent
de Jaman, with a rest stop at the Col de Jaman and an overnight in the Montagne
d'Amont behind Jaman.
Jane sets up camp in the Montagne d'Amont, just behind Jaman, on an inclement
is kicking in, early spring 1981, but we're getting ready for a fine day on the
morrow, for our walk up the Dent de Jaman.
Jane prepares to set out for the Dent de Jaman, April 1981.
Jane heads up through the forest towards the Dent de Jaman in the morning . .
thinning, up onto the ridgeline . . .
below the final march to the summit . . .
present narrator and friend Jane on Dent de Jaman summit, 1981, as the weather
begins to change . . .
lunch, Dent de Jaman, early April 1981.
want fries with that?"
a peek down from near the Dent de Jaman summit at the farm (top) and restaurant-montagnard
(bottom left) at the Col de Jaman (1512m). The Lake Geneva side is off to the
left, the trail down from the Col to the right leads to Allières and Montbovon
in the Pays d'en Haut, in the next canton.
forward twenty years
of those three buildings at the Col de Jaman, seen in September 2003.
the Station de Jaman (center, 1758m) on the cograil line, the Dent de Jaman up
to the right, taken from across the high valley of Montagne d'Amont halfway up
the next mountain, the Dent d'Hautodon. (That was another story!) Lake Geneva
is down on the far side of this ridge.
Dent on a threatening early summer evening in the mid-1980s. The cog railway line
can be seen entering its little tunnel onto the ridgeline at the right. The Col
de Jaman is behind the mountain, on the left.
grandeur: the Dent de Jaman from Les Avants.
hearty vingtaine of years later, 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, 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've 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?
back of Dent de Jaman from the Col de Bonaudon to the east, near Rochers de Naye,
with the cograil track and the Station de Jaman (1758m) leading along the ridge
into the Rochers de Naye tunnel, September 2003.
from the Chaux de Naye at the top of the Grottes
de Naye caves, with the Col de Bonaudon in the foreground.
Station de Jaman
Dent de Jaman from
the Rochers de Naye
Dent de Jaman (left) and down to the right, the Col de Jaman
de Jaman, beckoning to you, just above Montreux on the Lake of Geneva, Switzerland.
Have a nice walk up in summer. Admire gob-smacking views of the lake and the Alps.
Dine on traditional dishes at the Col de Jaman "Le Manoire" restaurant.
Deprecate firmly any dumbbells who, in 1980, thought it would be a good idea to
go up there on snowshoes.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
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