Dwight Peck's personal website
Echadex in a bouyant mood, 2008
bringing in the New Year
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.
snow's been crap since New Year's, but now we've got a new couple of inches to
make everything sparkle in the sunlight. 3 February 2008.
inauspicious start above Marchissy, as Dr Pirri gets lost in a thicket, and unwisely
we follow him there.
We don't normally do trails. Just thickets.
Well, that's over. We resume.
plodding northeastward along a level forestry track at 1230m at the foot of the
cliffy things called "Le Caux". We've always wanted
to find out where this road goes to, and today we shall.
as Dr Pirri discovers, it doesn't go anywhere. A dead end. What now?
That was good.
snowy forests, at about 1330m.
Pirri pursuing another forestry track probably northwards (hard to tell at this
point), ready for anything
another old forestry track in the plantation forest, not on the map, at about
1360m. All virgin snow.
ten minutes squandered as Dr Pirri tried to remember the title of a J.G. Ballard
novel that he'd been recounting in animated terms. No luck. Horrible to watch.
out the title was "The Crystal World". We've reached a level meadow
leading from Les Echadex through the forest over to Petit Prés de Rolle,
and there's already a skiers' track on it. Although it's perfectly natural that
someone should have been here before us since the last snow, nonetheless we feel
a little bit . . . violated.
possible to carry this thing about "virgin snow" too far. Being the
"seconds" here is not so bad really.
headed over towards Les Echadex, Dr Pirri leading as usual (I've got the only
up the ridge, extremely briskly, with Les Echadex on the far side of it
you coming? Or what?
little animal tracks all over the place up here -- circles, loops, and epicycles,
looking misleadingly like they were cavorting and having lots of fun, but they
were probably trying to evade eagles and screaming hysterically. That makes Dr
Pirri contemplative. But what doesn't.
Echadex farm, looking to the southwest
track of some predecessors, dutifully staying right in the middle of the road
Echadex farm, February 2008
along on perfect snow, singing old karaoke favorites
splendid sunny afternoon, just about zero celsius and warm in the sunlight, doing
our Dick Cheney impersonations as we start back down the hill
discussing philosophy, a little bit
Tearoom sur la Plage ('tearoom on the beach'), heavily trafficked by picnickers.
Pirri wishing we had brought something to throw on the grill (under snow, right)
view from the Tearoom: Dents du Midi (just left of centre), Lake Geneva below
other view from the Tearoom: Mont Blanc. Lake Geneva in the middle.
to go home -- the trail sign for the Sentier du Coq, a fine walking path up from
Marchissy (830m) through the communal forests past Les Echadex up to the Perroude
de Marchissy (1429m), a buvette open in summer.
More virgin snow. This will be fun.
of the day, everybody exhilirated, nobody crippled in the knees -- a good day!
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 5 February 2008, revised 11 September 2014.