26 septembre 2007

Outing for Rando Decouverte

One picture of the group I took to the Arpille, around the Col de la Croix, a great outing, nice folks and beautiful weather.

Here we are staring at the remnants of a poisonous/hallucinogenic mushroom, the Amanite "tue-mouche"

Commuting to work

Bicycle commuuting to work is GREAT.
I do a 20 kms one-way trip from Moudon to Cheseaux.
My beloved bicycle, a CILO (swiss brand):

My beloved saddle, a Brooks full leather B17 honey colour:

A few beasts from the hills - La Vare to Derborence

Some pictures from animals in the hills. A wolf has been seen in the area since. WWWOOOOOOOO
A Black Salamander:

Gisèle, Fanny and Marguerite, 3 friends from La Vare:

Purple Gentiane

Flags close to Anzeinde, the cliffs of Les Diablerets in the background.

24 septembre 2007

Tour des Ruans - Days 3 and 4

Still trying to catch up on this blog, here goes an account of the 2 last days of zis tour so mighty. I definitely need to cut down on length 'cause I cant follow: this summer we've been out a lot in mountains, bike and sailing, but no way I can keep it up on here and it's probbaly not so bad anyway. I'll stick to walkandtalk, rando-decouverte and aventures alpines trips mostly, although will also post some stuff about cycling and moutain biking probably, or else on this or that occasion when I want some you friends to check out our common adventure pictures.
So anyways, after that long day into France, here's how I got back to Switzerland, avoiding the ladders that might've been still plastered with snow: I took the long way round, it wuz HOT!
Here's a view after passing the Col de Coup, looking into the Champéry valley towards the Dents du Midi.

Yes it was HOT!

Better not fall off this path!

The Susanfe hut:

Evening lights after an 11 hours day, 'tain! Thanks to the warden who let me sleep in the dining room instead of cramped in the bunks with a thousand other stinky, farting and snoring hikers.

Next morning I'm knackered goooood. Hardly moving... god, it's hard, I guess 2 days of 11 hours walking have done me in. Here I am slugging up to the Susanfe pass I can hardly see my feet and the cold air makes my eyes run like fountains. Heart is racing although I'm just plodding along, I'm breathless just looking up the path!

Morning lights cheer me up as the scenery just gets better and better. I walk up towards the last high point of the trip.

Looking back towards the cabin:

Down there is the Salanfe lake again, gone round, done it, but next time I'll do it in one more day, tell you that!

01 septembre 2007

Tour de Ruans - Day 2

At last a bit of time for an account of the second day of Tour des Ruans. For the first day, check out previous post.
Day 2 started at the Dam of Emosson.
Let's start with a view of the Old Dam lake, a bit higher up from the new one; somewhere up there are the fossilized footprints of dinosaurs that roamed the area some 160 million years ago:

High up, almost at the top of Cheval Blanc at 2,900 meters, looking back down towards the Old Emosson dam:

The top:

Great view over the famous Drus:

Down into France, the amazing ridge of Freytes de Grenairon:

An Ibex, turning its lazy back on the Mont Blanc:

Further down a splendid Aster des Alpes bouquet:

After an eleven-hour day, finally I get to Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, where I find a welcoming camp site and sleep in a hut provided by the owners: