Dwight Peck's personal website

Winter 2002-2003

Very eventful, but in a quiet way

As round the world some of them were trying in vain to convince the rest of us that it would be a fun idea to go bomb a lot of the folks down in Iraq, D. Peck and friends spent the fall and winter hiding out in the safest place they could think of.

Threatening skies, then some serious wind -- let's go for a walk.
To Mont Tendre.

You may 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.

19 January 2003: Former Dean Pirri and Former Hod-Carrier Peck set out for Mont Tendre as the weather begins to cut up rough.

We're passing Pré de Denens with the Grand Cunay above

As the sky lowers, Dr Pirri asks "Dare we?" and replies "Yes."

Coming up on the Chalet des Combes

A look back at the Chalet des Combes

The ski club hut of Grand Cunay, as we're watching the sky for any signs of blueness.

Mont Tendre on the horizon

Never content to follow the tourist routes, the hikers wander almost aimlessly through the karst hole country between the Cabane of Cunay and Mont Tendre, as the afternoon wanes and the winds rise a bit more.

We're sneaking up a side route through the Rochettes onto Mont Tendre

Out of the forest and finally onto the mountain, Dr Pirri dashes upward, trying to encourage his hiking companion, but in vain.

Past cornices on Mont Tendre

Dr Pirri, along the summit ridge near Mont Tendre, questions the relevance of the United Nations to the post-9/11 world.

His companion ignores his concerns and urges getting off the mountain before the socks freeze up.

Over the ridge, and past the Chalet de Yens on the windswept slopes of Mont Tendre.

Bedraggled and side-slipping down squooshy slopes, we start for home

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