Dwight Peck's personal website
Pelé's companion peak, April 2007
2006-2007 spent waiting around for winter
found this little rocky way up to the 1515m knob between Monts Sâla and
Pelé in inclement weather on New Year's Day,
we've come back in April with friends.
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.
setting out (Kristin, Joe, Teny, and the narrator) from the Les Pralets meadow
at the top of the Bassine road, on what is normally the Marchairuz-Givrine cross-country
ski trail, except that this year the snow mostly passed us right by. That's our
destination up there in the right centre, the unnamed knob at 1515m between Monts Sâla
Way Forward, 8 April 2007 -- that's Mont Sâla, with the summit cross on
the top right. This is all a Vaudoise nature reserve, as outlined on the map Joe
was scrutinizing in the preceding photo.
A pleasant approach
walk through the forest steepens a little bit.
makes encouraging remarks and leads us upward.
and Joe ponder the way upward.
Have I introduced you to my friend Kristin?
Joe perseveres. We're on a small unmarked track up through the rocks that, once you know about it, makes life much easier here.
A high order of route finding, whilst contemplating
bananas, and chocolate
ground with holes in it at the top of the cliffs; hikers watching every step.
pauses as the stragglers catch up with the lunchbag (a couple of bananas, a little
-- Almost there.
and Teny advancing towards lunch
advancing even more vigorously towards lunch (bananas and chocolate!)
on -- break out the bananas. Followed by some chocolate.
that was nice. Now for the Cemetery of the Burgundians! (That's Mont Sâla
in the background.)
Down into the Cemetery
In the middle of the Cemetery of the Burgundians ("Cimetière-aux-Bourguignons"),
Joe and Teny keep a watchful eye out for solid footing.
not all that much solid footing down in this "Creux d'Enfer", as the
Burgundian soldiers found out to their permanent rue in 1476.
picking his way through the limestone holes looking for a way out of the Cimetière-aux-Bourguignons
Creux Devant cabin at 1474m, with Mont Sâla up on the right, the Combe des
Begnines stretching out behind, and a good ways still to go before nightfall
we ask the Lord for guidance, and as usual His Jesusness comes through for us
with a good plan and renewed energy.
we pass Le Couchant farm towards dusk in a headlong bolt for home.
-- Where's the car?
The unmarked track begins near the stone wall, as shown by the arrow
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 22 May 2007, revised 26 September 2008, 2 September 2014.