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Switzerland, and its wonderful mountains
Tour de Famelon
little winter camping way up there in February 1982.
campers have changed a lot, perhaps,
but the mountain remains very much the
route from Mayen above Leysin towards the Tour de Famelon, 13 February 1982.
Tour de Mayen to
the left, the Truex to the right, and a nice ski-line put in just as nighttime
closes in. But who took this very nice photo, in any hope of getting home for
martinis before night crashes down upon the whole continent of Europe?
lady did, in the declining sunlight of a February afternoon in 1982.
reserves of energy to push on to the Col de Famelon
A last pause,
in long winter shadows, starting to think about setting up a camp and making a
cup of tea. We'll make camp right over there in the Col de Famelon.
As a wintry storm
starts to blow in over the mountain -- it's time to make a sunset ski dash up
to the top of Famelon to watch the sun go into the tank . . .
And as the sun goes
bye-bye on Tour de Famelon, the winter hikers do a self-photo and head for the
tent before the storm gets really pissed off.
tent, looking welcoming but lonely down in the Col de Famelon
Night comes on, hearty
winds start to test the tent ski-anchors, and one begins to think about
a nice stew of noodles and sausages with Gruyères cheese and herbes de Provence
thrown in at just the right moment.
Here are two people
who, once the self-photo clicker goes, will break this pose and dive into the
tent, for a long night of Large Winds and scrambling out to drive the
tent-anchors back in again about every half hour. But the sight of la Tour de
Famelon in the moonlight is worth a little inconvenience (. . . tho' this time
there wasn't any moonlight).
A nice stew of noodles and sausages with Gruyères cheese and herbes
de Provence thrown in at just the right moment.
night. These in-tent photos were actually taken two weeks later, 27-28 February
1982, near the Lac d'Hongrin on the way over a couple of mountains to Château
up the next morning, off to Château d'Oex.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 29 December 1999, revised 10 April
2008, 15 March 2014.