29 septembre 2008

Black Vanilla

A mountain named Black Vanilla, ummm... does that sound nice or does it sound ... frightening?

The Vanil Noir is a peak of the Fribourg Prealps, it's -about- 2,400 meters high and has STEEP flanks. That's why it has this mixed reputation of a magnificent summit and at the same time a fearful place, because when you go up it, you better make sure you know what your feet are doing, and your hands also deserve some attention on the way!

We went up there with my good friend R, don't be afraid, he doesn't bite:

We stopped at the Cabane des Marindes on the way up. Yes, this is the place to admire ibexes and also marmots, chamois and eagles.

On the way up, autumn light, crisp morning air, pure enjoyment!

The top is just up there, I was so concentrated on watching my steps that the colours don't show.

Life is back into me, here's a view over towards the main Alps, THIS is what I call a low cost flight.

Reminiscence of the Himalayas on the way down.

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