02 mai 2007


Aha this is the Follatères, a special, hot, sunny, dry and botanically rich natural reserve in Valais (or sort of just at the beginning of it). We were out there with Jus, Math, Lou and meself.

Trunks, green spring feeling, last of snow in background.

Walking along the side of the Rhône valley, you get great views over the Argentière massif.

This is called: Gesse printanière (Lathyrus vernus)

And this: (I think) Grémil pourpre bleu (Buglossoides purpurocaerulea) (no kidding)

Trurn the corner and get a plunging view towrads the East and the Rhône valley just goes on and on in the distance.

Hey, did I mention it was hot and sort of a micro-climate in Follatères? Check this out, a CACTUS.

Last of Winter, update

Well yo all of you (so many fans out there),

Voici qqs images de sorties hivernales, et pour commencer la fameuse traversée Vallorbe-Beaulmes par le Suchet, un jour sans neige, gris, venteux et avec un brouillard à couper à la meule, dedjou! Rod and I, that's all.
A lot of wind on the summit as you can see on the following two pictures.

A few days later, did an outing for Rando-découverte in the morning and headed out in the mist for the afternoon to check out an area, lots of new snow, drifts and fog.

That following weekend, I wanted to get back up on the Suchet to get some pictures of snow up there, so I headed up solo on skis and caught a few views of a fabulous day just before the warm weather hit the country.

A frosty tree just out of the fog, the sun has just arrived, after 2 hours climb, just before the final stretch.

Summit rocks