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Le Noirmont in the rain

Sodden fun in the Swiss Jura mountains

You may not find this terribly rewarding 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.

Le Noirmont is a modest ridge along the French-Swiss border between La Cure and the Col de la Givrine. We've come here often, as often as not in bad weather, and we were here a few weeks ago, in even worse weather. So now we're back for another shot at it, 29 May 2016.

We begin at the Col de la Givrine in a wet fog (1211m). That's the farm/restaurant of La Trélasse and La Dôle in the mists behind.

The farm of Le Sollier (1290m)

The herd's back up in the pastures

A veteran of the black-vs-brown wars

The farm of Les Coppettes (1323m)

We persevere

An electric fence -- even less fun in the pouring rain

One of us has got stuck under the electric fence; the other continues upward.

An artificial pond for the livestock. "Breakable ice."

It's very wet.

Checking for a signal

Signs of progress at last

Near the top of the first part of it

The skilift up from Les Rousses in France (1547m)

Down and up again to the proper summit

Le Noirmont, at 1567m, through a dripping camera lens


A different way down

-- Wait up.

-- Jump.

This is an improbable and only slightly marked path down through rough ground on the eastern side of Le Noirmont.

-- Jump.

-- Now jump.

-- Mind the step.

The only marking for the path, but strategically placed

Pastures above L'Arzière farm

Towards Les Coppettes farm again

The calf thinks we're idiots.

A few other Le Noirmont pix

Whiteout, 8 February 2004

Beau soleil, 15 January 2005

Chasing chamois, 26 March 2006

A scramble up the front, New Year's Eve 2006

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