Dwight Peck's personal website
life's hectic non-stop party threatens to get out of control and really exhausting
hikes in early 2005
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.
Kristin's visit in January and her visit
in February, the narrator struggled along hiking-wise as best he could. In
Kristin's absence, Dr Joe Pirri had to carry the lunch and wine basket.
forest of Grande Rolat
Prof. J. J. Pirri preparing to stride out into the forest of Grande Rolat behind
Marchairuz, 29 January 2005, on the coldest day of the winter, i.e. about -10C
through limestone hole country in the forest, Dr Pirri leads tentatively, testing
all about for nasty little ankle-breakers under the new snow.
new snow, lots of it, and as it's such a cold day, it's not all avalanching down
upon our heads. And we've got more raw sunlight than we've seen in many weekends.
lost in the forest by this time, as usual, Dr Pirri insists upon leading anyway.
for celebratory photos at some still undetermined place in the vast forest of
Grande Rolat, Drs Pirri and Peck enjoy the sun and work on their tans.
no more idea of where we are than he had two hours ago, Dr Pirri leads off confidently
. . . this way.
in winter, is to strike off into the Jura forests and get completely lost as quickly
as possible, which is easy to do in the Jura, and then wander about taxing our
declining intellectual powers and map-reading skills until lo! we find a landmark
and get out again. Successfully, so far. In this photo, Dr Pirri demonstrates
just how lost one can become in the Jura, even on a brightly sunlit day.
The refuge of Joratte
downside of wandering in the limestone forests of the Jura is that sometimes we
fall down into big holes. Here, Dr Pirri went only halfway down an unforeseen
hole in the forest floor and luckily for him could still be hauled out again with
a great deal of reluctant effort and some petulant comments.
moments after having been winched out of a pretty dangerous hole, Dr Pirri bravely
leads on, still completely lost in the forest of Grande Rolat, 29 January 2005.
second sunny day of the year, 6 February 2005, and we're bound out around Grand
Cunay and straight through the Creux d'Enfer there.
at the end of a day of wandering about and falling into little holes in the forest
floor, Dr Pirri leads us back out again.
only the declining sun, but it looks as if a UFO teleportation kidnapping were
about to begin. No such luck!
J. Pirri leads us back out to the car, halfway down the hill on the back side
of the Col du Marchairuz, 6 February 2005 . . .
. . precisely at Happy
attempt at Mont Tendre
if only moments had passed, Dr Pirri leads off in the parking lot behind the Col
du Marchairuz, 20 February 2005, bound on cross-country skis for Mont Tendre in
rather a discouraging dump of new snow.
Pirri greets intermittent sunlight, 20 February, at the top of the long hill up
from Grande Rolat, near the Chalet des Combes. The red sign points up towards
the Club Alpin Suisse cabane of Petit Cunay.
by the Chalet des Combes in variable weather.
back of Grand Cunay's second summit.
passing the snowy farm of La Racine, halfway along the 20km ski run from Marchairuz
to Mollendruz and directly below the summit area of Mont Tendre.
passed the farm of La Racine on the snowed-over cross-country track, Dr Pirri
despairs of getting up through the deep new snow to Mont Tendre in anything less
than a fortnight, and so we go home and vow to come
Pirri is happiest when it's snowing out, and blowing with a good brisk wind.
all getting a little tired now, and making mistakes.
end of a glorious day, 20 February 2005, as good or better than many 20 Februarys
in the past.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 2 April 2005, revised 3 July 2008, 5 October 2013.