the Jura mountains, what with US-led global warming and the general lack of steep
slopes, the population of southwestern Switzerland has been discovering, over
the past 15 years, that neat little snowshoes are frequently more fun for roaming
about our forests and mountains in winter than are great whacking touring skis.
Tendre, January 2000
will not find this interesting 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.
Dr Joe dashes up the front of Mont Tendre, just above the cliffs called Les
Rochettes, January 2000. The farm called Pré
de Ballens is just visible in the upper left.
narrator demonstrating snowshoe technique with the Mont Tendre summit pylon in
the background, January 2000. A few months later, these wonderful tiny 15-year-old
bamboo snowshoes finally fell apart and we all went back to plastic.
Joe's bamboo snowshoes are even tinier -- we're all waiting for TSL to begin
marketing its affordable 225-model plastic snowshoes with the crampons on the
bottom, neat buckles, etc.
Joe chasing the lunch wagon towards the top of Mont Tendre.
Joe obstructing a fine view of the length of Mont Tendre and the windswept Rochettes
front of it, with La Dôle just barely discernible on the horizon right of
center, and fog over Lake Geneva.
tracks everywhere on Mont Tendre, January 2000. No ski tracks, though.
leading the way home in a dizzy carefree snowshoe plunge down into the forest,